By: Amy Haben
Meet Naz Nomad And The Nightmares!
Alter egos of famous punk rockers The Damned!
It’s like Nuggets karaoke!
Do the twist and the bird to these absolutely zany garage classics!
Dave Vanian a.k.a Naz Nomad and Rat Scabies a.k.a. Nick Detroit had emerged as Naz Nomad and The Nightmares, a 60’s-esque garage band for one album entitled ‘Give Daddy The Knife Cindy.’ The album was a faux soundtrack of a psychedelia flick released in ’84. Donned with cheap wigs and dark sunglasses, The Nightmares were a light hearted side project for the boys. Costumed in brown fringe jackets, flowered shirts and thick belts, the punks transformed to groovy daddy-o’s.
Standout covers include: The Seeds’ underrated love song “The Wind Blows Your Hair,” and Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Kicks.” Their version of “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)”, which The Electric Prunes’ made famous, shows Vanian is in his element. The Nightmares also killed, Kim Fowley’s “The Trip.” Lastly, “Just Call Me Sky”, an original, which features a fake, screaming audience of teenyboppers in the background, put a big smile on my face.
Dave Vanian’s distinctive voice reminds you that you are listening to The Damned and not tracks out of the sixties, while the added tambourine and slowed down guitars give them that far out sound that’s “where it’s at!”
If you are a Damned fan, this album needs to be on your shelf.