CAPTAIN SENSIBLE'S 80S HITS
Before embarking on a solo career, Captain Sensible (real name Raymond Burns) was a bassist, lead guitarist, keyboardist, and eventually the main songwriter with The Damned, who he co-founded in 1976. However, ask anyone who remembers the 80s who Captain Sensible was, and they'll probably describe him as a beret-wearing lunatic!
After leaving The Damned, Sensible had three Top 40 hits as a solo artist during the 80s. A cover of Happy Talk (featuring backing vocal by Dolly Mixture) was his biggest, reaching #1 for two weeks in the UK singles chart during the summer of 1982.
The musician's other two 80s hits were Wot (#26 in 1982) and Glad It's All Over (#6 in 1984). Captain Sensible rejoined The Damned in 1996, with whom he still tours today.
The video playlist above features a performance of Happy Talk on the Christmas edition of Top Of The Pops and is introduced by DJ Peter Powell - whatever happened to him?
- Women and Captains First (1982), A&M – UK No. 64
- The Power of Love (1983), A&M
- Revolution Now (1989), Deltic
- The Universe of Geoffrey Brown (1993), Humbug
- Live At The Milky Way (1994), Humbug
- Meathead (1995), Humbug
- Mad Cows and Englishmen (1996), Scratch
As you can see, none of the Captain's albums were highly successful.
"The Power of Love" was Captain Sensible's second solo album and was a commercial failure.