Dave Vanian says he's releasing a Phantom Chords box set complete with unheard tracks

He expects it to be done by the end of the year.

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Dave Vanian says that he's going to release a box set of Phantom Chords songs.

In an interview with Creative Loafing Tampa, the frontman for The Damned explained that he's expects to have it out by the end of the year and that fans can expect reworked, and unheard, versions of tracks from the revered goth-a-billy outfit.

"Well the Phantom Chords have been on the back burner for a while, I don’t remember how long it’s been. But the good news is I am going to release a box set," Vanian, 60, said. "We found the original DAT copies of the mixes with the albums that we released so we’re going to be able to take that, maybe remix it a little bit. There were some extra tracks on them that we forgot about that no one’s ever heard."

Read: Dave Vanian talks The Damned’s new album, motorcycles and releasing new Phantom Chords tracks before coming to St. Petersburg

The Damned are in the news right thanks to Captain Sensible's untimely slip (he broke some ribs), and the fact the the band has signed a new record contract with plans to put out new music (“People will love it or hate it,” Vanian explained), but this news will be greeted with fervor by fans of Vanian's solo output.

He says the idea is to put the songs together and explain the story behind the songs to fans. He'll work on it in between The Damned stuff, apparently.

"I might even add some more to it and there are some American tracks that I did," Vanian added, "put it out as a lovely box set on Chiswick or Big Beat Records and put it out by the end of the year. I don’t know if I’ll actually do any gigs with it, I might try and form a band and try to do a few special shows but who knows.

Read the full interview with Vanian here, and get more information on The Damned's upcoming show in St. Petersburg, Florida by visiting local.cltampa.com.


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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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