Captain Sensible: Mad Cows & Englishmen (1996)
Mad Cows & Englishmen was his last solo album (after which he returned to a newly-reformed Damned), and it's a damn shame, 'cuz he went out with a bang, a non-stop barrage of wickedly inventive, very British, humorous and whimsical baroque pop, a blend of XTC, Madness, the Jazz Butcher, and the Cleaners from Venus.
Opener "While Wrecking the Car" is a twisted tangle of Billy Bragg and Squeeze, relentlessly tuneful and sweet. "Bob's Brown Nose" and "Neverland" are more straightforward pop-rock, while "Smashing the Chains" channels classic XTC. Elsewhere, things get a little more quaint, shades of Ray Davies and post-ska Madness, with songs like "Mr. Brown's Exploding Wallet" mining the post-Syd Barrett tradition of British whimsy. And "One Hit Wonders" is guaranteed to have you smiling along ("And when it's over, thanks a lot, now fuck off and die").
Like, say, the New Pornographers, the Captain typically eschews the easy hook, going for something a little more intricate and unexpected, but the melodies always find their way out. The album is a bit sprawling, but poke your way around, you'll find plenty to love.
Here's an audio rip of "While Wrecking the Car":...and "Bob's Brown Nose":