Henry Badowski

Henry Badowski (born Oct. 3, 1958) is an English New Wave/synthpop songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from North Kensington who released a standalone single on Deptford Fun City in 1979, followed by the album Life Is a Grand… on I.R.S. in 1981. He played with a sequence of acts beforehand, each on a different instrument: Chelsea (bass, mid-1977), Wreckless Eric (organ, 1977/78), and the Good Missionaries (drums, 1979).

In July/August 1978, Badowski gigged in the four-piece King — not to be confused with Paul King’s later band — with moonlighting Damned bassist-turned-guitarist Captain Sensible. King recorded a 7/20/78 Peel session that features early versions of “Antipope” (soon rerecorded by The Damned for Machine Gun Etiquette) and “Baby, Sign Here With Me,” which Badowski later redid under his own name. He followed Sensible when the latter re-teamed with Dave Vanian and Rat Scabies in The Doomed, but left as they reclaimed The Damned nameplate.


  • “Making Love With My Wife” / “Baby Sign Here With Me” (1979)
  • Life Is a Grand… (1981)

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