Discography: Captain Sensible

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This document is a discography of:

        Captain Sensible (solo)

Copyright © 1991-2011 by John Relph.


The latest revision of this discography can be found at:

This list was originally compiled by John C Falstaff.
All updates since July 1991 by John Relph.

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More details about Tony Mansfield's recordings can be found at:

Special thanks to: (in alphabetical order)

        Kay (Cain) Akashi, Marten Berg, Al Crawford, James Dawson,
        Alex Dennis, Mitchell Dickerman, Robert Eggersgluss, Brian Hammond,
        Jarl Hermansson, Gareth Jones, Jukka Junttila, Paul Kray,
        Jim D Mumford, Paolo Pardo, Mike Paulsen, Geoff Poole,
        Charley Radtke, Christophe Regner, Joachim Reinbold, Steve Schnee,
        Alexander Schuth, Gina Snowdoll, Jonas Wårstad, Vince Williams,
        Adrian Wykes.

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News and Information

This discography ignores the complicated, gradual, and incomplete disentanglement and subsequent reentanglement of Captain Sensible (real name Ray Burns) with the Damned. During the early 1980's some songs by Captain Sensible were performed, and even recorded, with the Damned, as well as surfacing under his own name, and the Damned fully reformed at the beginning of the 21st century. The Damned have played a number of "reunion" shows featuring Captain Sensible.

In 1982, Captain Sensible teamed up with Tony Mansfield and Robyn Hitchcock. From 1982 through 1985 all production chores were by Tony Mansfield, except as indicated. Mansfield (ex-New Musik) brought an incalculable degree of class to everything he did with Sensible. If you like this period Captain Sensible, check out New Musik, too.

In 1987, Captain Sensible hooked up with Martin Newell (The Cleaners from Venus, The Brotherhood of Lizards), thus ending the long working relationship with Tony Mansfield. The Captain co-writes the song “You Must Be Out Of My Mind” from The Cleaners' album Going To England (LP 1987 UK Ammunition CLEAN LP1), also available on the collection Back From The Cleaners (CD 1995 UK Tangerine TANG CD14), as well as the song “Clockwork Train” from The Lizards' album Lizardland (CD 1989 UK Deltic DELT CD 5).

In 1993 Captain Sensible joined or formed a record company, Humbug Records UK. Apparently Humbug also released their music on collectible wax cylinders. As of early 1996, Humbug Records had been taken over in some way by New Millenium Communications Ltd. (apparently now defunct).

In 2005, Andrew Forbes produced a short film entitled Meathead featuring Captain Sensible, acting as the Clown and providing the end credits music.

Guignol / Nanuchka perform a song called “Captain Sensible Calling” on their Drink The Best Wine First EP (CD 2005 US Fistolo ?).

Lismore cover “Wot” on the «Rewind - The 80's Cover Project download compilation from Buffet Libre (DD 2008.07 ES Buffet Libre ?). The song “Dream” on Dizzee Rascal's album Showtime features a sample of “Happy Talk” (CD 2004.09.06 UK XL XLCD181). U.L.T. covered “One Christmas Catalogue” on the Girls Christmas EP (CD-5 1995.11.21 JP Toy's Factory TFCC-88323).

Recent changes to this document are indicated by green type.

Abbreviations and Definitions

num.    numbered        ltd.    limited         ed.     edition
p/s     picture sleeve  std.    standard        s/s     stock sleeve
s/l     slimline        j/b     jewel box       promo   promotional
c/n     catalog number  g/f     gatefold        p/d     picture disc
b/i     back insert     p/b     paperboard      w/s     widescreen

Album:  full album release, in one or more of the formats below:
  LP    12" vinyl long-player (33 1/3 RPM)
  CD    Compact (digital) disc (std. j/b unless otherwise indicated)
  CT    (Mini-) Cassette tape
  8T    8-track tape (obsolete)
  RT    Reel-to-reel tape
  DC    Digital Compact Cassette tape
  MD    MiniDisc (digital magneto-optical)
  CR    CD-R (CD Recordable or Read-Write)
  SA    Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD)
  DA    DVD Audio
  DR    DVD-R (DVD Recordable or Read-Write)
  DD    Digital Download (see Other Formats below)

Single: single or EP release, in one or more of the formats below:
  7"    45 RPM vinyl
  10"   45 RPM vinyl
  12"   45 RPM vinyl
  C3    CD-3, 3" (8 cm) CD single
  C5    5" (12 cm) CD single (s/l j/b unless otherwise indicated)
  CS    (Mini-) Cassette single (p/b p/s unless otherwise indicated)
  EP    Extended play single or mini-album (vinyl, usually 33 1/3 RPM)
  F7    7" flexi-disc, flexible vinyl single (usually one-sided)

Video:  video release, in one or more of the formats below:
  VHS   VHS-format video tape
  Beta  Beta-format video tape
  BRD   Blu-ray Disc
  UMD   Universal Media Disc (Sony PlayStation Portable)
  HVD   High-Definition Versatile Disc (HD DVD)
  DVD   Digital Versatile (Video) Disc (including DVD-ROM)
  VCD   Video CD, popular in Asia (MPEG1)
  CLV   Video disc in Constant Linear Velocity format (8" or 12")
  CAV   Video disc in Constant Angular Velocity format (8" or 12")
  LDS   Laser Disc single (Japan)
  VHD   Video High Density, obsolete laser disc format (Japan)
  NTSC  Video format for U.S.A. and Japan
  PAL   Video format for the E.C. (except France), Scandinavia, Australia
  SECAM Video format for France

Other Formats:
  ROM   CD-ROM, computer-readable disc
  MP3   Layer 3 MPEG encoded audio
  WMA   Windows Media Audio
  Pub   A publication: a book, songbook, pamphlet, magazine, etc.

  Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4   Calendar quarters: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
  Radio Show    A release specially recorded for radio airplay.
  Interview     An interview transcription disc.
  Collection    A collection of tracks by this artist, usually previously
                released on various albums and singles.
  Compilation   A compilation of tracks by various artists.
  Soundtrack    Soundtrack to a film or play released in Album format.
  Box Set       Box set of previously released and/or unreleased material.
  Songbook      Book of words and music.
  Bootleg       Unauthorized release of previously unreleased material
                consisting of concert recordings, studio outtakes, and
                radio or television broadcasts.
  Pirate        Unauthorized release of previously released material
                without attempting to make the album look like an original.
  Counterfeit   Unauthorized copy of an officially released album.

Country codes are InterNIC domain names, except for the following:
        AA  Australasia         AS  Asia                BX  BeNeLux
        EU  Europe (EC/EEC)     SC  Scandinavia         SO  South America
        WG  West Germany (prior to August 1990)         WW  Worldwide

The Fine Print

Please do not ask me where to find rare recordings, bootlegs, videos, or other releases listed in this discography.  Please do not ask me where you can get scans of artwork for these releases.  This discography is a list of releases that have been made available over time, not a list of my personal collection.  Just because any given release is listed in this discography does not mean that I own that release, nor does it indicate that I am willing to trade, sell, or make tape copies of that or any other release.  If you are looking for such recordings, try attending record shows, reading collector magazines, and hunting in used record shoppes.

While the existence of unauthorized recordings may be documented herein, I cannot advise on the legality of such recordings, nor can I advise where such recordings can be obtained.

All singles and EPs have a picture sleeve (p/s) unless otherwise noted.  Unless otherwise noted, CDs come in a standard jewel-box and CD-singles come in a slim-line jewel-box.  An “obi” is the paper strip (literally, the “sash”) that comes wrapped around most Japanese LPs and CDs.

Song authorship is denoted by names enclosed in braces, e.g., “{Blegvad/Moore}”.  Where possible, the name of the lyricist appears first.

Information flagged with a question mark has not been verified (a guess, a rumour).  If you have further information about these or other related releases or if you can supply missing artwork, please write me.

Many CD track times were found using my compact disc player and the time indicated on your CD player may vary slightly (± 1-3 seconds), due to the way different machines calculate track times.

Address all correspondence to:
       John Relph <John.Relph at alumni dot usc dot edu>

This list was compiled and formatted by John Relph.

While information about particular releases is not copyright and may be used without permission, the compilation of this information in this discography in this format is copyright and may not be published in any form whatsoever without the permission of the author.  Just ask.

This discography may be distributed electronically and otherwise if and only if the entire copyright notice and attributions are included.

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