Cleopatra Records, with domestic sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, will bring documentary filmmaker Wes Orshoski’s “rockumentary,” The Damned: Don’t You Wish We Were Dead, to market as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on Friday, May 20.
Following the success of his 2010 look at Motörhead’s heavy metal rocker Lemmy (Kilmister) in the feature-length documentary Lemmy, Orshowski turned his attention to England’s most under-rated punk rock bands, The Damned.
The Clash and Sex Pistols got the ink, but it was Dave Vanian, Brian James, Captain Sensible (aka: Raymond Burns) and Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) who were right there at the dawn of punk rock (circa 1976) with the first single, “New Rose.” This is their story ... and they continue to rock-on to this day (40 years and counting).
In addition to conversations and insights from the members of The Damned, Orshoski’s includes interviews with the likes of Blondie’s Chris Stein and Clem Burke, The Clash’s Mick Jones, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and more. Also included in the documentary are vintage performance as well as newly filmed concert footage of the group.
Bonus features include a tour of Croydon (outskirts of London) by Burns (Captain Sensible), who is also featured in an impromptu sidewalk gig with SNL alum, Fred Armisen (filmed in Hollywood).