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Album Review

With a quality Captain Sensible hits collection currently unavailable, fans would do well to ferret out this roundup at the local record shop. Also released as Sensible Singles, A Day in The Life includes highlights from the singer's first two releases on A&M. The on-and-off-again Damned member stretched out on a run of '80s and '90s solo efforts, often producing fetching, widescreen pop-punk classics along the way. The mix here wends from the show tune and synth sheen of "Happy Talk" to the Sugarhill Gang-inspired new wave disco of "Wot." In between, the Captain hits his stride with heady pop concoctions like "It Would Be So Nice," "It's Hard to Believe I'm Not," and "Glad It's All Over." Many of the sophisticated arrangements brim over with snatches of Elton John, the Beatles, '60s pop, and even Pink Floyd. Thanks to the Captain's own considerable melodic and production skills, though, the tracks all come off sounding original. A perfect introduction to Captain Sensible's '80s heyday.

Customer Reviews

a 5 star album from the good Captain but

apple have titled this definitive collection which is incorrect and is nowhere near definitive a collection. this is really Cappy Mad Cows and englishmen minus a live version of the song WOT (a classic). apple get with the program and stop sniffin the glue. The main reason for the one star is the inaproprrate title it was given and the missing song. I will buy this but only under its correct album title and album cover.

did the lineup change?

I'm not sure, but I believe that at one time this "collection" was a different set of songs, given that the synopsis provided by Apple refers to 5 songs that are all not on this download list. Maybe they meant to make an album collection of their own, and then had difficulty getting the rights to the songs, and switched to this album (Cappy Mad Cows and Englishmen according to Cheeky Monkey in his review below) when they had nothing else? If so, then this is a pretty unscrupulous thing to do, Apple. Call it what it is; it isn't fair to the good Captain to misrepresent his work in this way. The live album would be a better cross reference of songs in my humble opinion. I gave it two stars because there's nothing wrong with the songs per se, it's just not what was advertised. Also check out the Damned and the Cleaners From Venus (more Martin Newell than Captain Sensible).

great but not his greats

this appears as others noted to be the captain's excellent mad cows album. highly unlikely he had any hand in this. many of these tunes would make a comp of his best; yet no "wot" and so much more?? this won't disappoint but buy his own release of mad cows.


Born: April 24, 1954 in Balham, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

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...
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