Dave Vanian


1976- The Damned - vocals, theremin  
1990- Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords - vocals  

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Born on: 12.10.1956

Dave Vanian (born David Lett, Hemel Hempstead, England) is a rock musician and lead singer of the punk rock band The Damned. The Damned were the first British punk band to release a single, an album, have a record hit the UK charts, and tour the United States. The band formed in 1976 in London and Vanian is the only ever-present member of the group.

Lett changed his name to Dave Vanian (a play on "Transylvanian") when he became a musician, after a previous stint as a gravedigger. He was one of the early influencers of gothic fashion by wearing dark and otherworldly clothing both on-stage and off. In November 1976, the British music magazine NME stated that Vanian "resembles a runaway from The Addams Family". He has also led the rockabilly band David Vanian & the Phantom Chords. He is known to be a fan of renaissance art, film noir and horror movies. Vanian hosted Dave Vanian's Dark Screen on the UK-based television channel Rockworld TV, to which viewers sent their self-made horror films in the hope of winning prizes. In 2004, he and Captain Sensible turned on the Christmas lights in Cambridge, causing some controversy. In 2009, he composed the soundtrack for the film, The Perfect Sleep.