Raymond Ian Burns (born 24 April 1954),known by the stage name Captain Sensible, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Sensible co-founded the punk rock band The Damned, originally playing bass before switching to guitar. He embarked on a solo career during the 1980s, following a UK number one hit with his cover of “Happy Talk”.Sensible’s signature headwear is a red beret.
Sensible’s first solo release came in 1978 with the single “Jet Boy, Jet Girl”, recorded while The Damned were on hiatus. He followed this in 1981 with an EP on Crass Records.He signed to A&M Records and had a UK number one hit in 1982 with a cover of “Happy Talk”, the Rodgers and Hammerstein song from South Pacific, featuring backing by Dolly Mixture and a band including Robyn Hitchcock on guitar. This was later sampled for rap artist Dizzee Rascal’s 2004 song “Dream”. Other songs which became hits in the UK and various European countries were “Wot”, “One Christmas Catalogue” and anti-Falklands War “Glad It’s All Over”, which was co-written and produced by Tony Mansfield. After quitting A&M Records he continued recording for various independent labels, including Deltic Records and Humbug Records. He has also toured with his solo band Punk Floyd.