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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.


The Groundhogs - Thank Christ For The Bomb
I learned a lot from listening to Groundhogs guitarist Tony McPhee, and was thus pretty nervous when I lined up as a teenager to get this album signed by my hero. He's now a chum of mine - how nice it is to buy one's guitar hero a pint while gossiping about respective tour experiences. Thank Christ For The Bomb, what an outrageous title for an album, and the songs are full of angst and drama too, not to mention the fabulous interplay between the three band members.

I liked the way McPhee invented his own chords using drone strings - I'd studiously watch his fingers when the 'Hogs had a virtual residency on the Sunday rock shows at the Croydon Greyhound. How do you describe The Groundhogs... psychedelic blues, maybe? Regardless of that, Tony McPhee is one of Britain's greatest guitar players - you didn't get that kind of fret dexterity, or in fact reference to nuclear Armageddon of any kind, in Bert Weedon's Play In A Day book, that's for sure!