Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Naz Nomad & The Nightmares - Give Daddy the Knife Cindy

Naz Nomad and The Nightmares was a one-off project featuring the members of British punk and gothic rock band The Damned.

Naz Nomad and The Nightmares released one album entitled Give Daddy The Knife Cindy in 1984. The album was packaged to look like the re-issue of a 1967 soundtrack album to a (fictitious) low budget American horror film. A copyright notice on the front cover claimed the film was "Copyright 1967 American Screen Destiny Pictures", and credits are given for the film's stars, director and producer.
The album itself featured covers of songs by garage rock and psychedelic acts who had influenced the Damned, plus two original numbers in the same style. Each member of the band took on pseudonyms different from those used in The Damned for the project
Dave Vanian as Naz Nomad – vocals
Roman Jugg as Sphinx Svenson – guitars; also as Ulla – keyboards
Rat Scabies as Nick Detroit – drums
Bryn Merrick as Buddy Lee Junior – bass

Cleverly packaged as a soundtrack to a fictitious late-'60s rock exploitation flick, Cindygives the Nightmares the opportunity to showcase their love of the trashy punk of the era. Armed with appropriate pseudonyms -- Dave Vanian becomes Mr. Nomad, while Captain Sensible turns into Sphinx Svenson, and Rat Scabies into Nick Detroit -- the combo merrily run through a well-chosen set of psychedelic nuggets, some well known and others utterly obscure. Leading off with the Isley Brothers' "Nobody but Me" (as reimagined by the Human Beinz), the Nightmares sound like they were indeed recorded at the time and place. Vanian gets to apply his dark croon and joyful shouting in spades, while the rest of the band fire on all cylinders. Standout covers include the Seeds' underrated love song "The Wind Blows Your Hair," given a great Vanian vocal, and fun run-throughs of Paul Revere & the Raiders' "Kicks" and the Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)." Kim Fowley's notorious pseudopsych "The Trip" gets a brief revisit as well, while whoever wrote "She Lied" and "I Can't Stand This Love, Goodbye" are equally well served. Not wanting to stay completely out of the fun, the Nightmares wrap things up with two originals: the period piece "Do You Know (I Know)" and "Just Call Me Sky," a hilarious fake live track in which Nomad introduces each of his bandmates to wild applause and cheering as they each do a quick solo turn. Sure, the originals are what need to be heard, but Cindy is a great romp that stands on its own.

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