The Life asked columnist Duff McKagan to give us some music recommendations. Here's what he had to say:
I had the great pleasure of sitting next to punk legend Rat Scabies
at a U.K. awards ceremony a few weeks ago in London. If you are a guy around my age, then perhaps you were as influenced as I was by the great music of punk pioneers The Damned
. Mr. Scabies, of course, was their reckless drummer. A gentleman for sure, and I found Rat to be in a class all to himself. Genuinely funny, and the real deal.
"New Rose" off "Damned, Damned, Damned" (iTunes | Amazon) -- I've always liked this song so much that I even got my GNR
bandmates to cover this song back when we did "The Spaghetti Incident."
"Fan Club" off "Damned, Damned, Damned" -- This song still seems vibrant and current. The whole record does, for that matter.
"Love Song" off "Machine Gun Etiquette" (iTunes | Amazon) -- One of the better rock songs ever recorded, in my humble opinion. The Damned knew who they were by the time they recorded "MGE" and really laid into this whole record, performance-wise. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/thelife/music/news/story?id=7319603