Captain Sensible – Biography
Best known as a co-founder (with Chris Miller, aka Rat Scabies) of the punk band the Damned, Raymond Burns, aka Captain Sensible, is one of the most beguiling and talented individuals to emerge from the punk era.
Ironically, he never sought a separate career from that of the Damned, but success with a series of singles, coupled with extended periods of inactivity by the band, made it a foregone conclusion that he would become a star in his own right.
In the early ’80s, Captain Sensible put together a group of his own called King, which lasted all of three months before breaking up.
He later sang on the single “Jet Boy Jet Girl” and appeared on Johnny Moped’s Cycledelic album. He was signed to A&M as a solo artist, and had a number one British hit with the old musical number “Happy Talk.”
He followed it up with an original, “Glad It’s All Over,” an antiwar song about the Falklands; for a time, he was also hooked up with Robyn Hitchcock.
By this time, his status as a member of the Damned made him a regular topic of coverage in the British music press, and he became well-known for various beliefs, including devoted vegetarianism and an opposition to war, which he presented in bitingly satirical fashion.