Damian (musician)

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Damian
Birth name Damian Baker
Born (1964-09-30)30 September 1964
Manchester, England
Died 12 February 2017(2017-02-12) (aged 52)
Genres Pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
Years active 1987-2017[citation needed]

Damian Davey (born Damian Baker; 30 September 1964 – 12 February 2017), better known by the mononym Damian, was an English pop musician, best known for his 1989 hit "The Time Warp", a cover version of the original track from The Rocky Horror Show.

Career[edit]

Damian was briefly successful in the late 1980s. His first version of "The Time Warp", released in 1987, was produced by Des Tong from Sad Café and featured Sheila Gott, Jean Barrow, Ian Wilson and Steve Butler on backing vocals. It was recorded at Vector TV in Stockport and mixed at Battery Studios, London by Paul Schroeder. Both this and a 1988 reissue of the song failed to make the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart and it only became a hit after being remixed and restructured by Pete Hammond, reaching number 7 in the charts in 1989.[1]

Damian's follow up single, "Wig-Wam Bam", a cover of The Sweet song, reached number 49 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] This single featured "Putting It All Behind Me" as the B-side.

Personal life and death[edit]

Damian died from cancer on 12 February 2017 aged 52.[3]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
UK
[4]
SA
[5]
1987 "The Time Warp" 51
1988 "The Time Warp" (reissue) 64 9
1989 "The Time Warp" (remix) 7
"Wig Wam Bam" 49
2007 "Video Killed the Radio Star"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/23204/damian/
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 138. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ British hi-nrg singer Damian dies after cancer battle
  4. ^ "Chart Stats – Damian". chartstats.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "SA Rock Lists". rock.co.za. Retrieved 10 October 2013.