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    • CommentAuthorTimbo
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2010
    A great music man passed away yesterday.

    Don van Vliet AKA Captain Beefheart died at 66 years of age after struggling with effects of MS.

    I wanted to state my love for his music and mourn his passing.

    I am sure a lot of Whitechapelans will have appreciate some of his music at some time. If not check him out.

    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2010
    Thanks for posting this. I meant to yesterday and got caught up in other things. The man was too forgotten while he was alive, let's not let him disappear completely now that he's gone.
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2010
    The goes another feels like losing an arm in a sense.
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    fuck no, some people were supposed to live forever ...

    and fur tha squirmishly weak stomachs ...

      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
    Aw, man.

    A favorite Beefheart anecdote - he once phoned up his guitarist in the middle of the night and played some complicated piano piece for him. The Captain (for it was he) told the guitarist that he would be expected to keep up with this - that was his job and though the piece was quite complicated, it was beautiful and the captain wanted it how he wanted it. The guitarist said "That's great, Don. But you have ten fingers, I only have six strings." The good Captain replied "Well, I don't know how you're gonna do it, but you better find four more, man!" and hung up.

    He shall be missed. And all you young'uns should seek him out. NOW.
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    I can't say I "get" everything Captain Beefheart ever did, but I do get my copy of Trout Mask Replica out every now and again for a dose of madness.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
    My favorite Beefheart quote (and one I often pull out when things seem especially absurd) comes from a song intro on his "greatest hits" album (A CARROT IS AS CLOSE AS A RABBIT GETS TO A DIAMOND) - "Black dots were hung in what turned out to be an olive tree."
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    DAVID LETTERMAN: You have an interesting nameyourself , can you tell us a little of the origin of Captain Beefheart?

    CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: Captain Beefheart, A beef in my heart against a society, they’re cutting the beaks off of pellicans down at the marina in L.A.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
    orange claw hammer, man....
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
    Tiger Roach

    Loved his stuff, and his great work with FZ is getting played a lot in my studio this week...
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    First time I saw him perform, it was a small club in Huntington Beach, he had a new Magic Band and was between record labels. Must have been 1976 or so - new material was from "Bat Chain Puller", though that release got delayed a couple years.

    I had no idea what to expect, having only heard a couple tracks on a live album he shared with Zappa.

    It was one of the most amazing shows I've ever experienced. Redefined what I thought of as "music", became an adjective I describe other music with.

    And when the audience clapped for an encore, they did it in Beefheartesque rhythms...

    And as he said, "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous... Got me?"