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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Mirror Man Sessions

2. 25th Century Quaker

3. Mirror Man

4. Kandy Korn

5. Trust Us (Take 6)

6. Safe As Milk (Take 12)

7. Beatle Bones N' Smokin' Stones

9. Gimme Dat Harp Boy

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Track List: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) [Remastered]

1. The Floppy Boot Stomp

3. Ice Rose

4. Harry Irene

5. You Know You're A Man

6. Bat Chain Puller

7. When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy

8. Owed T' Alex

9. Candle Mambo

10. Love Lies

11. Suction Prints

12. Apes-Ma

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Track List: The Spotlight Kid / Clear Spot

1. I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby

5. Alice In Blunderland

7. Click Clack

8. Grow Fins

11. Low Yo Yo Stuff

12. Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man

13. Too Much Time

14. Circumstances

15. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains

16. Sun Zoom Spark

17. Clear Spot

18. Crazy Little Thing

19. Long Neck Bottles

20. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

21. Big Eyed Beans From Venus

22. Golden Birdies

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Track List: Safe As Milk

1. Sure 'nuff 'n Yes I Do (Remaster)

2. Zig Zag Wanderer (Remaster)

3. Call On Me (Remaster)

4. Dropout Boogie (Remaster)

5. I'm Glad (Remaster)

6. Electricity (Remaster)

7. Yellow Brick Road (Remaster)

8. Abba Zaba (Remaster)

9. Plastic Factory (Remaster)

10. Where There's Woman (Remaster)

11. Grown So Ugly (Remaster)

12. Autumn's Child (Remaster)

13. Safe As Milk (Take 5) (Remaster)

14. On Tomorrow (Remaster)

15. Big Black Baby Shoes (Remaster)

16. Flower Pot (Remaster)

17. Dirty Blue Gene (Remaster)

18. Trust Us (Take 9) (Remaster)

19. Korn Ring Finger (Remaster)

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Track List: Doc At The Radar Station

1. Hot Head

2. Ashtray Heart

3. A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond

4. Run Paint Run Run

5. Sue Egypt

6. Brickbats

7. Dirty Blue Gene

8. Best Batch Yet

9. Telephone

10. Flavor Bud Living

11. Sheriff Of Hong Kong

12. Making Love To A Vampire With A Monkey On My Knee

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Track List: Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 To 1972

1. Lick My Decals Off, Baby

2. I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby

3. Low Yo Yo Stuff

5. Doctor Dark

7. Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man

8. Harry Irene

11. Too Much Time

13. Peon

15. Circumstances

18. Alice In Blunderland

19. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains

21. Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop

23. Sun Zoom Spark

25. Japan In A Dishpan

26. Click Clack

27. Clear Spot

29. I Wanna Find A Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go

30. Grow Fins

31. Crazy Little Thing

33. Petrified Forest

35. Long Neck Bottles

37. One Red Rose That I Mean

39. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

41. The Buggy Boogie Woogie

42. Big Eyed Beans From Venus

44. The Smithsonian Institute Blues (Or The Big Dig)

45. Golden Birdies

47. Space-Age Couple

49. The Clouds Are Full Of Wine (Not Whiskey Or Rye)

51. Flash Gordon's Ape

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Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band rocked. Trout Mask Replica is on my top 10 greatest rock albums list
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NO COMMENT THIS GUY CANT SING
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alohakghi
Just give me more cowbell and the Captain!
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Thank you for making this music when you did to the years as I was growing up as I was born in 1961
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captainnikon 6 5
I was fortunate enough to catch Beefheart at a small club in Chicago in '81(Tut's for those who know) supporting the Doc at the Radar Station album. I still get flashbacks to this day. Say what you will, but the Captain was truly unique and brilliant. He absolutely belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His influence is still felt today. There will only ever be one Captain Beefheart. Don Van Vliet, the world is just a little less bulbous without you.
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Outrageous music. Outrageously terrific. There is and always will be only one captain. Rock on and rip.
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I first heard Trout Mask Replica when it came out. I couldn't believe musicians were playing music like that. And he continued to create great music right up to Ice Cream for Crow!
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To the author of this bio, his name is Don Van Vliet. I'm still trying to figure whether or not he had a 4 1/2 octave vocal range. Regardless, he was one of the two most important Captains. The other being Jerry Captain trips Garcia.
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meme music
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DAMN.......
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After 45 years , I'm still trying to figure out what a Drazy Hoop is !
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Zappa and beefheart in baltimore is the 1st concert I ever walked out on
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prichardtayl o r
Ice cream for crow blew my mind!
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Zappa & Beefheart live is a GREAT album!
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ttgrant215
This is nothin' but BEEFHEART music!!
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<3
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...nothin` gonna come between us! thank`s Mr.Vliet
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Captain Beefheart could rock with the best of them.
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Can smell his funk.
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Beefheart has inspired me for 40 years and never sounds old or stale.
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roll skreet
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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.
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barker_mike
Similar artists? Really now.
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Actually - Mr Zoot Horn Rollo hit that long lunar note and let it floooooat.
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It's the blimp Frank! It's the blimp!
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Doc at the Radar Station is a record and a drug all in one! Send your Mother home your navel! Case of the Punks!
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I promise not to talk about your hands being too small!
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Play that long lunar note and let it floooooooooo o a t .
RIP the Greatest
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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.
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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"........ . . . . .
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Beam On, Hell's Belz, You Did have to be from There!
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Wild......
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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
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Zig Zag Wander....
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RIP Cpt. Beefheart, "Beatle Bones and smokin stones, strawberry fields forever"!!!
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chronic4937
"I Feel Like Acid" =best tune by beefheart!
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chronic4937
one of the all time weirdest best blues singers around
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Beefheart-- a major ingredient in JERKy.
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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
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Beefheart is the best! A squid eating dough in a polyethalene bag is fast and bulbous. Got me?
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the blue a** buzzard say howdy
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just wants tah boogalize ya
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never was my hobbie girl a hand full of worms and a pole fishin...... . a t e trout mask for breakfast
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