13th Floor Vendetta – gothic rock song by The Damned

13th Floor Vendetta is a song by British punk/goth/psychedelic band The Damned that originally appeared on their ‘The Black Album’ (1980).

The track highlighted Dave Vanian’s growing song-writing talent – although all of the band are credited – and their willingness to experiment with disorientating fade in/fade outs, echoey sounds and deliriously off-kilter keyboard notes, all backed by a growling bass-line provided by Paul Gray.

With reference to “the organ plays ’till midnight on Maldine Square tonight”, the lyrics are influenced by the film The Abominable Dr. Phibes but are clearly about a master/slave relationship.

‘The Black Album’ was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, and was produced by The Damned themselves (as The Kings of Reverb).

Lyrics:

The organ plays ’till midnight on Maldine Square tonight
The dancer’s dance with a fever and delight
His brow is tense but his hands never shake
Revenge has come sweetly and death is his mate
The organ plays ’till midnight note perfect like clockwork
Perfect precise and a slave to the master’s demands
Two souls locked together for all eternity
Soon to be one our work is nearly over
But who is the victim?
And who is the innocent?
The organ plays ’till midnight note perfect like clockwork
Perfect precise and a slave to the master’s demands

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Related:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

‘Nasty’ – episode of The Young Ones

Phantasmagoria

Rabid (Over You)

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