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Birth name  Christopher Millar
Instruments  Drums
Also known as  Rat Scabies
Name  Rat Scabies
Genres  Punk, rock, new wave
Role  Musician
Occupation(s)  Musician, producer

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Born  30 July 1955 (age 60) (1955-07-30)
Origin  Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
Movies  Sid!: By Those Who Really Knew Him
Music groups  The Damned (1978 – 1996), Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords, Vicious White Kids
Albums  Damned Damned Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette, The Light at the End of the Tun, The Black Album, Music for Pleasure
Similar People  Dave Vanian, Brian James, Captain Sensible, Roman Jugg, Paul Gray

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Christopher John Millar (born 30 July 1955), known by his stage name Rat Scabies, is a musician best known for his tenure as the drummer for The Damned.


Millar was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. He played drums with Tor and London SS before founding the Damned with Brian James, Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible in 1976. He continued to play with the band with some interruptions and alongside various personnel changes until a dispute over the release of the album Not of This Earth led to his departure in 1995.

His solo work outside the Damned includes a cover version of Bob Dylan's "This Wheel's on Fire", credited to "Rat & The Whale". In 2003 Millar formed a short-lived outfit called the Germans with Peter Coyne and Kris Dollimore, originally from the Godfathers. In recent times, he has played with Donovan, Nosferatu, Neville Staple (formerly of the Specials), Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal), Chris Goss, the Members, the Mutants, the Spammed, Urban Voodoo Machine and Jane Horrocks. He has also worked as a producer, including with Flipron and Ebony Bones.

Millar currently lives with his wife Viv and their three children in Brentford, and is the central character of the book Rat Scabies and The Holy Grail, written by former music journalist Christopher Dawes. The book was published in May 2005 and is billed as "A road trip, a rich historical yarn, and testimony to the odd nature of a great many friendships".

Over the years he has played various brands of drum, starting out with a John Grey 'Autocrat' kit in turquoise sparkle finish, before playing a black Maxwin kit (early 1970s to 1976), a white Pearl kit (late 1976–1981), a white Premier 'Resonator' kit (1982–1983), a Premier 'Black Shadow' kit (1984–1985), then a Premier 'Resonator' in piano black finish (1985–1996). These days he favours vintage Leedy & George Hayman kits.

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