Raymond Ian Burns (born April 24, 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 head-wear is a red beret.
Sensible was born in Balham, London, in 1954. He went to Stanley Technical School for Boys in South Norwood. The first musical instrument he played was a Bontempi organ.
Originally a member of the Johnny Moped band, Sensible joined The Damned in 1976 on the suggestion of his work colleague Rat Scabies, the band’s drummer, filling a number of positions during his tenure (including bassist, lead guitarist and keyboardist), and eventually becoming the band’s main songwriter following the departure of Brian James. He left in the 1980s to concentrate on solo projects, but rejoined in 1996 after Scabies left, and co-wrote Grave Disorder, the band’s first new studio album for 8 years, in 2001. He continues to tour with the band and they released their latest album So, Who’s Paranoid? on 17 November 2008.