The Damned Things are a heavy metal supergroup consisting of Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die and Josh Newton formally of Every Time I Die The band's name is inspired by the lyrics in Ram Jam's '70s version of "Black Betty".
The first seeds for the band were planted around 2008, when guitarists Joe Trohman and Scott Ian met and began writing music together. They invited Keith Buckley, Rob Caggiano and Andy Hurley soon after.
The band played their debut show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York on June 1, 2010 and their first UK show in London at Heaven on June 10. They also played on the second stage at the Download Festival on June 13, 2010, and on the Helvíti stage at the Copenhell Festival on June 12, 2010. The first single "We've Got a Situation Here" was released on iTunes on October 25, 2010. Songs "Ironiclast" and "We've Got a Situation Here" were released together as a 7" vinyl and CD single on November 26, 2010, through Metal Club stores. On October 21, 2010, The band released the song "Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)" via their Facebook and Myspace, as well as their debut album's artwork.