The Damned were the first punk rock band to release a single in the UK in 1976. This drum head was painted by drummer Rat Scabies and featured on the back cover of 7” single ‘New Rose’. He recalled that before their first gig he thought they should have their name on the drum, so “I just got red paint and did it, and slashed the skin up with a knife…Everybody used to think it was art, but really it was an accident.” A rubber rat was added when fans threw it at him during a gig.
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