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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Born Don Vliet, Captain Beefheart was one of modern music's true innovators. The owner of a remarkable four-and-a-half-octave vocal range, he employed idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist lyrics, and an unholy alliance of free jazz, Delta blues, latter-day classical music, and rock & roll to create a singular body of work virtually unrivaled in its daring and fluid creativity. While he never came even remotely close to mainstream success, Beefheart's impact was incalculable, and his fingerprints were all over punk, new wave, and post-rock.

Don Vliet was born January 15, 1941 in Glendale, CA (he changed his name to Van Vliet in the early '60s). At the age of four, his artwork brought him to the attention of Portuguese sculptor Augustinio Rodriguez, and Vliet was declared a child prodigy. In 1954, he was offered a scholarship to study in Europe; his parents declined the proposal, however, and the family instead moved to the Mojave Desert, where the teen was befriended by a young Frank Zappa. In time Vliet taught himself saxophone and harmonica, and joined a pair of local R&B groups, the Omens and the Blackouts.

After a semester at college, he and Zappa moved to Cucamonga, CA, where they planned to shoot a film, Captain Beefheart Meets the Grunt People. As the project remained in limbo, Zappa finally moved to Los Angeles, where he founded the Mothers of Invention; Van Vliet later returned to the Mojave area, adopted the Beefheart name and formed the first lineup of his backing group the Magic Band with guitarists Alex St. Clair and Doug Moon, bassist Jerry Handley, and drummer Paul Blakely in 1964.

In their original incarnation, the Magic Band were a blues-rock outfit who became staples of the teen dance circuit; they quickly signed to A&M Records, where the success of the single "Diddy Wah Diddy" earned them the opportunity to record a full-length album. Comprised of Van Vliet compositions like "Frying Pan," "Electricity," and "Zig Zag Wanderer," label president Jerry Moss rejected the completed record as "too negative," and a crushed Beefheart went into seclusion. After replacing Moon and Blakely with guitarist Antennae Jimmy Semens (born Jeff Cotton) and drummer John "Drumbo" French, the group (fleshed out by guitarist Ry Cooder) recut the songs in 1967 as Safe as Milk. After producer Bob Krasnow radically remixed 1968's hallucinatory Strictly Personal without Beefheart's approval, he again retired.

At the same time, however, Zappa formed his own label, Straight Records, and he soon approached Van Vliet with the promise of complete creative control. A deal was struck, and after writing 28 songs in a nine-hour frenzy, Beefheart formed the definitive lineup of the Magic Band -- made up of Semens, Drumbo, guitarist Zoot Horn Rollo (born Bill Harkleroad), bassist Rockette Morton (Mark Boston), and bass clarinetist the Mascara Snake (Victor Fleming) -- to record the seminal 1969 double album Trout Mask Replica.

Following 1970's similarly outré Lick My Decals Off, Baby, Beefheart adopted an almost commercial sound for the 1972 releases The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. Shortly thereafter, the Magic Band broke off to form Mallard, and Beefheart was dropped by his label, Reprise. After a two-year layoff, he released a pair of pop-blues albums, Unconditionally Guaranteed and Bluejeans and Moonbeams, with a new, short-lived Magic Band; following another fallow period, 1978's Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) marked a return to the eccentricities of his finest work.

After 1982's Ice Cream for Crow, Van Vliet again retired from music, this time for good; he returned to the desert, took up residence in a trailer, and focused on painting. In 1985, he mounted the first major exhibit of his work, done in an abstract, primitive style reminiscent of Francis Bacon. Like his music, his art won wide acclaim, and some of his paintings sold for as much as $25,000. In the 1990s Van Vliet dropped completely from sight when he fell prey to multiple sclerosis; however, releases like 1999's five-disc Grow Fins box set and the two-disc anthology The Dust Blows Forward maintained his prominence. Van Vliet died of complications from multiple sclerosis on December 17, 2010 in California; he was 69 years old. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I got Safe As Milk Lp when I was about 12 years old, thought it looked cool and it f**kin was. I've been Lessing every seance That and Zappa and The Mothers.
If you have enough money or are too lazy to make more follow me and well listen to great music break balls and avoid comments about money AND ESPECIALLY the ones that put a 2 day death warrant on your head
alohakghi
Fortunately, the avant garde art movement that can be traced back to the anti-art of Dadaism, is alive and well in Primus and countless vandal artists. The Captain and Zappa represent a pinnacle of experimentat i o n that combined the philosophy and politics of the times and clashed with the musical geniuses of the day. Most people sold out in the 80s. Our heroes, the artists, were a life raft in a sea of popular culture that stank.
Your loss 86
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I layed a band aid in the area..oh well but it wss worth it. Beefheart lives on.
Zappa and beefheart in baltimore is the 1st concert I ever walked out on
prichardtayl o r
Ice cream for crow blew my mind!
Zappa & Beefheart live is a GREAT album!
ttgrant215
This is nothin' but BEEFHEART music!!
<3
...nothin` gonna come between us! thank`s Mr.Vliet
Captain Beefheart could rock with the best of them.
Can smell his funk.
Beefheart has inspired me for 40 years and never sounds old or stale.
roll skreet
Notice how nobody who doesn't like or get Beefheart has posted here, or probably even knows the name. And no stupid comparisons like Yeah, but the Cowsills were weirder.
barker_mike
Similar artists? Really now.
Actually - Mr Zoot Horn Rollo hit that long lunar note and let it floooooat.
It's the blimp Frank! It's the blimp!
Doc at the Radar Station is a record and a drug all in one! Send your Mother home your navel! Case of the Punks!
I promise not to talk about your hands being too small!
Play that long lunar note and let it floooooooooo o a t .
RIP the Greatest
wgosline_hlc
They mention that Captain Beefheart has left his mark on many contemporary artists, though he himself never realy saw success. The inimitable Tom Waits would be at the top of that list. Their delivery is very similar, but Van Vliet concentrated on surrealist lyrics, while Waits focussed more on Hard Boiled/Wharf Rat lyrics.
God bless the Captain. Van Vleit will allways be remembered as a true innovator in music, poetry and paint. There is just so much to say about his talent and genius, but for now I'll just say, love u man and "Run Paint, Run, Run"........ . . . . .
Beam On, Hell's Belz, You Did have to be from There!
Wild......
billystewart 2 0 1 0
nobody knows the trouble i been
this kind of music makes me sin
i'm gonna take a hammer to an ice cream bar'
remove the seats inside my car
take a square ride in a merry go round
spend some time at the lost and found
Zig Zag Wander....
RIP Cpt. Beefheart, "Beatle Bones and smokin stones, strawberry fields forever"!!!
chronic4937
"I Feel Like Acid" =best tune by beefheart!
chronic4937
one of the all time weirdest best blues singers around
Beefheart-- a major ingredient in JERKy.
My eyes are burnt and bleeding and all that looks like a monkey on a silver bar …
big poop hatch with a cotton hatch – hatch holes that the light shows in and the light shows out …
and the little red fence …
and the wire and the wood …
and the barbs and the berries …
and the tires and the bottles and the caruponrims …
and the heat swims on its fenders and the dust collects and the rust of autumn surrenders into gold …
trumpet poop on the ground with peanuts its bell was blocking an ant’s vision
Beefheart is the best! A squid eating dough in a polyethalene bag is fast and bulbous. Got me?
the blue a** buzzard say howdy
just wants tah boogalize ya
never was my hobbie girl a hand full of worms and a pole fishin...... . a t e trout mask for breakfast
sbelz56
You had to be there
This is not hippie music. It's beatnik music.
I really enjoy to listen your music after a honest night after work... Aloha

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