UK No1 Single 35 years ago today: Captain Sensible with “Happy Talk”

“Happy Talk” is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. It is sung by Bloody Mary to the American lieutenant Joe Cable, about having a happy life, after he begins romancing her daughter Liat. Liat performs the song with hand gestures as Mary sings.

In July 1982, The Damned‘s guitarist Captain Sensible scored a No. 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks with his version of the song, featuring backing vocals by the band Dolly Mixture.

Due to the chart success of the single, The Damned have frequently included “Happy Talk” in their set lists since 1982.


Watch Captain Sensible perform “Happy Talk” on Top Of The Pops on the Michael Bermingham YouTube Channel.


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