New Rose

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"New Rose"
Single by The Damned
from the album Damned Damned Damned
A-side New Rose
B-side Help!
Released October 22, 1976 (1976-10-22)
Format 7" single
Label Stiff
Writer(s) Brian James
Producer(s) Nick Lowe
The Damned singles chronology
"New Rose"
"Neat Neat Neat"

"New Rose" was the first single by British punk rock group The Damned, released on 22 October 1976. It was the first single by a British punk group,[1] and was released in the Netherlands, Germany, and France in 1977.

Written by guitarist Brian James, "New Rose" was issued on the Stiff Records label. The B-side was a cover of The Beatles' hit "Help!", performed about twice as fast as the original. Both songs have since become staples of The Damned's live shows, and appear on various compilations, and "New Rose" was included on the group's full-length debut Damned Damned Damned. The deadpan intro by Vanian of "Is she really going out with him?" on "New Rose" pays homage to the 1964 Shangri-Las song "Leader of the Pack".

The single was reissued in Stiff's mail order Damned 4 Pack mail-order set. Original copies have a pressout centre, while re-issues have a solid centre. Copies from the fourpack have matrix details: "Bilbo tape" handwritten and "AY 50332" printed. A CD version was issued in the Stiff Singles 1976–1977 boxed set by Castle Music in 2003. "Help!" also appears on Hits Greatest Stiffs.


The song was produced by Nick Lowe.[2] It was recorded at Pathway Studios in London, where drummer Rat Scabies stated that song was recorded in one day.[2][3] and "Nick Lowe may have taken an extra day to mix it".[2]


"New Rose" was released on 22 October 1976.[2] Brian James stated that Captain Sensible initially wanted the song "I Fall" as the first single.[2] Captain Sensible stated that "I Fall" would have been "even more gobsmacking because it's so snotty and fast"[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Guns N' Roses covered the track on their 1993 covers album "The Spaghetti Incident?".[4] When asked about the Guns N' Roses cover, Captain Sensible stated that he had not heard it as he does not listen to music released after 1980.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "New Rose" (James) – 2:46
  2. "Help!" (Lennon, McCartney) – 1:43

Production credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Damned Damned Damned" by Ned Raggett, from; URL accessed 10 March 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e f Robb 2012, p. 243.
  3. ^ Robb 2012, p. 244.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Spaghetti Incident?". AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Leonie (19 March 2015). "The Damned attend world premiere of biographical documentary at SXSW". NME. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 


  • Robb, John (2012). Punk Rock: An Oral History. PM Press. ISBN 1604860057. 

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