The band's Damned Damned Damned became one of the classic albums of the British punk explosion and to celebrate it's 40th anniversary, Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible and their bandmates are re-releasing it on 18 February (17).

Bass player Sensible, real name Raymond Burns, recalls recording the album at Pathway Studios in North London with labelmate Nick Lowe as producer.

"He managed to capture the energy of our live set spectacularly," he tells WENN. "It's fairly manic, but also tuneful and, listened to now, still sounds pretty fresh to my ears.

"The guitars don't sound nice. They're a raw, fuzzed-out thrash. That's punk rock. Pathway was a rough and ready studio round the back of an Islington garage. It was so dark and dingy in there, you had to be careful or you'd knock your beer over. The sessions took two days, after which the tape was recycled for an Elvis Costello album, so there's no chance of a remix... Not that you'd want one - it's perfect!"

The Damned - Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxymoron, Andrew 'Pinch' Pinching, and Stu West - will support the re-release with an extensive world tour this spring (17), which includes a two month North American trek.