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Women & Captains First
     

Women & Captains First

by Captain Sensible
 
Captain Sensible (aka Ray Burns) was always the biggest joker in the Damned, the brashest boys of the first wave of British punk, and when he launched his solo career in 1982, it seemed to many like a grand prank, with a punch line even the Good Captain never expected -- his first album on his own, Women and Captains First, was a

Overview

Captain Sensible (aka Ray Burns) was always the biggest joker in the Damned, the brashest boys of the first wave of British punk, and when he launched his solo career in 1982, it seemed to many like a grand prank, with a punch line even the Good Captain never expected -- his first album on his own, Women and Captains First, was a genuine hit, with his synth pop cover of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Happy Talk" going all the way to number one on the U.K. singles charts. Sensible certainly isn't afraid to aim for a good laugh on Women and Captains First, but part of the idea behind the album was to show he could do more than just straightforward punk rock, and there's no arguing he succeeded. If the proto-rap of "Wot" and the domestic squalor of "A Nice Cup of Tea" are comic, they're also well-crafted pop tunes that deliver the goods, and two numbers written with Robyn Hitchcock, "Croydon" and "Brenda, Pts. 1 & 2," are smart and atmospheric with a faint psychedelic edge (and "Croydon" reveals a subtle but clear John Lennon influence). And if "Happy Talk" sounds a bit like the afterthought it was, the trad jazz arrangement of "Nobody's Sweetheart" is an effective bit of retro fun and Sensible carries off the vocal with élan. However, most of Women and Captains First is dominated by synthesizers, drum machines, and breathy female backing vocals, giving the album a slick and instantly recognizable '80s sound that has dated far worse than anything on Damned Damned Damned, and Sensible's often underappreciated guitar work sometimes gets lost in the mix. Women and Captains First confirms Captain Sensible was a talented entertainer, a better-than-average songwriter, and a capable singer with some unexpected tricks, but in retrospect, it's a shame he didn't get to produce the set as well and buff off a little excess polish.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Cherry Red Uk
UPC:
5013929140820
catalogNumber:
408
Rank:
47052

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Performance Credits

Captain Sensible   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Vox Continental
Robyn Hitchcock   12-string Guitar
Dolly Mixture   Vocals
Rod Bowkett   Noise
Tony Mansfield   Synthesizer,Percussion
Beale Street Jazz Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Robyn Hitchcock   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Captain Sensible   Composer,Author
Matthew Fisher   Engineer
Jaap Eggermont   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Chris Ludwinsky   Engineer
Tony Mansfield   Producer
Chris Millar   Composer
Mark Proctor   Engineer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Simon Smart   Engineer
Dave Vanian   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer
Robin Rimbaud   Composer
Ernie Erdman   Composer
Michael Ross   Art Direction
Pat Gilbert   Sleeve Notes
Randy MacDonald   Composer
Ray Burns   Composer
Gerry Judah   Set Construction
Andy Geirus   Engineer
Ian Wallace   Project Compiler
Chris Ludwinski   Engineer
Martin Duiser   Composer
Andy Geirus   Engineer
Alistair Ward   Composer

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