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Sorry There's No Punk! Captain Sensible's Damn' Favourite LPs
Luke Turner , November 23rd, 2016 09:24

Forty years after The Damned released New Rose they're currently touring the UK. The genial Captain Sensible got in touch to tell us about his favourite LPs, from Stereolab to the Bee Gees, Soft Machine to Felt and Jimi Hendrix. Damned live photo by Dod Morrison.

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Robyn Hitchcock - Black Snake Diamond Role
On the go at the same time in the 80s were a bunch of Syd Barrett heads - myself, Henry Badowski, Julian Cope, TV Personality Dan Treacy and daddy of them all, Robyn Hitchcock. We should've put a band together - that might've been fun. Well, for us anyway! 

I first met Robyn when the Soft Boys were supporting at The Damned's first farewell show at London's Rainbow theatre in 1978. I wasn't best pleased to be doing the show, saying goodbye to the best fun I'd ever had, so I thought it would be a good idea to go out with a bang and had a dinosaur suit made up for the occasion, which needed air pumped through it - so had a built in vacuum cleaner on blow. I thought things were going quite well for a while until I wafted the outfit's tail in the faces of the audience one too many times and the bastards pulled me off the stage. When I emerged the suit had gone, completely, and I played the rest of the set starkers. But that's enough about that - Robyn Hitchcock's records are never boring, but on this one he takes the Telecaster through a spectacular bunch of alt-psych tunes - getting the same acid tinged tone he used on 'Brenda', a song we co-wrote for my Women And Captains First album. I don't make a point of letting other guitarists play on my records but Robyn has a style all of his own. Definitely my favourite weirdo!


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