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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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Mylene Farmer - Cendres De Lune
In the 80s I was as surprised as anyone else to do a stint as Britain's most unlikely pop star, and I was shifting some serious units overseas too. It was whilst out on a Parisian promo trip that I discovered Mylene Farmer who scandalously, despite having a long and successful career in Europe, is virtually unknown to the English speaking world. With husband Laurent Boutonnat the pair produced a stream of high quality chartbusters - but the videos take things to an entirely different level. At a time when Adam Ant's 'Prince Charming' was on every screen in Britain something altogether more daring was happening on the other side of the channel. Watch 'Libertine' here. 
As a songwriter it is comparatively easy to knock up a rock song - a bunch of riffs accompanied by some shouty angst - a good pop tune however is infinitely more difficult with the genres chord and structure limitations. 'Libertine' is a good example of how powerful and euphoric pop music can be - verily a toe tapping treat. On the other end of the spectrum 'Chloe' dives deep into the realms of melancholy, it's dark and even a tad scary. In fact, for that reason I've never attempted to translate or understand the French lyric in case I don't like what I find.


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