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RIP Captain Beefheart

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If you can zig, then you can zag - truer words were never spoken.


Real name: Don Van Vliet


Everyone loves to talk about "Trout Mask Replica" and by that I mean dumbass music critics. That album is such a huge waste of sonic space yet that's his defining work.


To me his earlier stuff with Ry Cooder has some truly magical moments. Zig Zag Wanderer, Sun Zoom Spark, Dropout Boogie, Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man - you can tell from the titles that this guy has really unique ideas.


I think he said he had a five octave range. He probably could sound like Howling Wolf better than anyone else. Really, really unique dude, but Trout Mask Replica is for posers. To be honest, I haven't heard it in 15+ years so maybe I'm way off base, but not from what I remember.

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I remember a friend buying Trout Mask Replica, and us listening to it and wondering how anyone could make such strange, ugly music. Then we held a BBQ and got totally drunk, put on the record again and just laughed our arses off saying: "Damn, it all makes sense now!!" All of a sudden it was like the best damn music I ever heard. I have never since listened to any Beefheart, opting instead to keep this one memory alive and untainted.


Guess I am a poser :)

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I'll admit, what little I'd heard from him didn't make me want to hear any more. I do however,
it's infectious.

"Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me.'-Hamlet


Guitar solos last 30 seconds, the bass line lasts for the whole song.



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Captain Beefheart had an unknowing effect on the early days of punk rock. His skewed humor, view of the world and habit of giving his companions odd names were a lasting influence on John Mellor, who later became Joe Strummer, lyricist for the Clash.



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I find it interesting that there are a number of musicians who greatly influence other musicians but who never enjoy wide recognition or success on their own. Capt. Beefhart is one, and I'd include JJ Cale and Richard Thompson in that group as well, and maybe even the Ramones, who were never more that cult favorites when they were performing, but who had such a huge impact on the Clash, for example. Any others?
"Everyone wants to change the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves." Leo Tolstoy
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I regarded "Bongo Fury"... along with "One size fits all" (both came in a big part from the same studio sessions) for some time, among some of my favourite 70s Zappa's albums. "Carolina Hard-core ecstasy" being my fave track. As jcadmus said... it's kinda weird to consider Zappa "the normal guy"...

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