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RIP Captain Beefheart, 1941-2010
17 December 2010
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vonbontee
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Dunno how many folks here will care, but Don Van Vliet was a true genius and a madman whose records were some of my favourite ever. And even if he didn't record a note after 1982 and had no intention of ever doing so again, it's still sad. RIP.

FYI, John & Paul were big fans of Beefheart's '67 debut Safe As Milk (with its enclosed bumper sticker), John reportedly buying himself two copies:

I like black music, disco music. I like the disco music that's out now - John Lennon, 1975
17 December 2010
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If He was an much as a great genius as you say RIP captain Beefheart

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
18 December 2010
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That's sad, R.I.P.

Trout Mask Replica, I don't know, I guess I just don't understand why such bad music is so appealing.

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18 December 2010
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Hey Von, I don't know too much about him, but you might find this interesting: http://blogs.laweekly.com/west….._facts.php

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss
 
 
18 December 2010
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Oh my god, this is awful. I was never a massive fan of his but I loved Trout Mask Replica.

R.I.P.

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19 December 2010
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Thanks for the notes of sympathy, guys.

Gniknus, Trout Mask Replica is probably my third-or-fourth favoutite album ever, but I can TOTALLY empathise with folks who hear it and are horrified – just like I was, during my first half-dozen listenings. After which they become perversely fascinated at the daring-ness, then slowly aware of and impressed with the musicianship on display, then get accusotmed to it, then respectful, then come to like it, and finally love it. Which is a cliche, but a lot of folks have the same experience. And another cliche is that TMR is the wrong album to "start" with. So if you ever get curious again, Safe as Milk is where to begin. Here's "Electricity" (As far as I'm concerned, this is up there with "Tomorrow Never Knows.")

 

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19 December 2010
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If he was responsible for making a picture of John that hot, he must have been great! :D

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19 December 2010
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I feel like my problem was that I listened to it before I was I ready for it or whatever because I didn't spend much time with it. I listened to it probably 3 times, but my perceptions of music weren't as open so I dismissed it because of how different it was. I'll definitely give Safe as Milk a shot when I get to it, I don't know when it will be on the great journey of music, but I'm positive it will happen.

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20 December 2010
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Before I opened this thread I just knew it would be started by Von B.
I've only really heard Trout Mask Rep. I quite like it for what it represents, though I rarely play it. It's nice when it comes on randomly through iTunes though – it always makes a refreshing change.
Many years ago, in my first graduate job, I used to work with a guy called Mike Barnes when he was writing a biography of Don Van Vliet. I believe it's called Captain Beefheart: The Biography. He used to share a lot of stories about him – I can't remember if he ever met/interviewed him, but clearly knew his stuff.

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20 December 2010
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I saw this and I thought of you guys.

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/mu…..9-20101217

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
22 December 2010
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Joe said:

Before I opened this thread I just knew it would be started by Von B.


Well done, Joe!  How would you know that – was it because the only other Beefheart references on this site all had my name attached?
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22 December 2010
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I didn't remember that there had been other Beefheart references here. But I know you like unorthodox/experimental music, and figured if anyone here was a Beefheart fan it would likely be you.

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22 December 2010
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The two previous Forum mentions ("Favourite Artists" or something similar) were mine-and-mine-alone. But Joseph Brush found something Beefheartian in "Dig A Pony", and stated as much on that song's page.

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22 December 2010
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Von Bontee said:

The two previous Forum mentions ("Favourite Artists" or something similar) were mine-and-mine-alone. But Joseph Brush found something Beefheartian in "Dig A Pony", and stated as much on that song's page.


I knew there was a Beefheart reference on a song page, I just couldn't put my finger on it
I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
22 December 2010
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Off-Topic; Nice Signature Von Bontee

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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