Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Classic 45's Week - Captain Sensible

In 1982 Captain Sensible took a break from The Damned and launched a solo career. He hooked up with producer Tony Mansfield (New Muzik) and crafted a pop single that swept the charts, the Wot!. It tells a simple story - man with jackhammer makes a lot of noise, Captain complains, droll female backup vocalists sing along. It's got a great bass line, funky guitars, the words are funny, and the backups always make me smile. You have to remember that rap was in it's infancy, and was a uniquely American thing, and suddenly you've got this punk rock dude from England having a go at it - all of this juxtaposition makes it pretty unique! The B side is six minute, six part mini psych pop epic, Strawberry Dross. There's more goofiness in the lyrics - magic roundabouts, hippies in caftans and advertising are all covered, and there are a couple of instrumental bits with some nice guitar and piano. Parts of it make me think that if he'd actually put a bit more effort into it some of it could have been very good. Again, all very silly yet still enjoyable.

3 comments:

Spoilt Victorian Child said...

I really love all Captains early 80's stuff, especially his debut album Women And Captains First...
absolute classic...
Cheers for the reminder.

Simon
x

sonic164 said...

ah! the good Captain!

The Sunday Morning Hangover said...

Look for the wonderful Captain 12" single "Christmas Catalogue" and the equally wonderful "Back to School" EP--Thank You for remembering Captain Sensible--his early stuff was the greatest.