Friday, January 25, 2013
Captain Sensible (born Raymond Burns, 1954) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist (and sometimes bassist) who grew up in
and co-founded the punk rock band The Damned in 1976. After leaving the band,
he reinvented himself as an alternative pop singer with a less punk image. His
signature headwear is a red beret. Croydon, England
Originally a member of the Johnny Moped band, Sensible joined The Damned in 1976 on the suggestion of his work colleague Rat Scabies, the band's drummer, filling a number of positions during his tenure (including bassist, lead guitarist and keyboardist), and eventually becoming the band's main songwriter following the departure of Brian James.
Sensible's first solo release came in 1978 with the single "Jet Boy, Jet Girl", recorded while The Damned were on hiatus.
Captain Sensible is also a member of supergroup Dead Men Walking.
In September 2006, he formed a political party known as the Blah! Party. "Politics is dead," he said in a statement. "The British public aren't voting because the parties are totally ignoring their opinions. At the moment, the only real method of mass protest against this is by not voting, which is why voting figures continue to fall.
"But we believe that voting is an important part of the democratic process, and we want the Blah! Party to be the party of protest; a channel through which the people of the
U.K. can vent their dissatisfaction
at nonsensical everyday things, and protest against the government and the
current crop of political parties."