One Christmas Catalogue
:: One Christmas Catalogue ::
:: Relax ::
We all know who Captain Sensible is, right? Well, then again, you may not. He was Co-founder of the British punk band The Damned in 1976. The Damned have the distinction of being the first British punk band to issue an LP (Damned, Damned, Damned 1977) and a classic it is. They went through a lot of personnel changes over the years, and disbanded quite a few times as well, but they're still together today (with Captain Sensible and founding lead vocalist Dave Vanian) and are no doubt coming to a venue near you.
Sensible left The Damned in 1984 to concentrate full time on his solo career which he had established some years earlier. Listening to One Christmas Catalogue it's hard to believe that Sensible is one of the founding fathers of British punk, but you know, by the mid-80s everything sounded like this. Still it's a catchy number an deserves more attention during the holiday season than it's gotten for the last 25 years.
The b-side is curious, to say the least. The good Captain's cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" is a real "huh?" moment, especially as the flip side of a Christmas record. Sensible doesn't really bring anything new to the song save for some sampled film dialogue mixed in ala Big Audio Dynamite. But in any case, relax and enjoy these '80s nuggets.