13th Floor Vendetta

Album: The Black Album (1980)
  • This track finds Dave Vanian saluting the horror movie genre. The Damned vocalist told Mojo the story behind the song: "13th Floor Vendetta was inspired by The Abominable Dr. Phibes. We watched it all the time. I always loved Vincent Price. It's beautifully shot and stylised. I had a piece on the piano and Captain (Sensible, bass) liked it. Rat (Scabies, drums) went to bed, 'Aw forget it!' and Captain said, 'We'll get some work done now...' We stayed up and finished it at 6am as the sun was coming up. It was the last song done on the album. I had the movie on in the background, writing the lyrics."

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