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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by chemobrain, Sep 25, 2017.
Spotlight Kid & Clear Spot
Someone gave me a copy of Clear Spot in High school. I still think "My Head is My Only House Unless it Rains" is a beautiful piece of R&B. Not what most people think
when they think of Beefheart.
Those little golden birdies look at them
And the mystic Egypt tossle dangling down
Old sleeper-man shish, don’t wake him
Up one hand broom star was an obi-man
revered throughout the bone-knob land
His magic black purse slit creeped open,
Let go flocks of them
Shish sookie singabus
Snored like a red merry-go-round horse
And an acid gold bar swirled up and down,
Up and down, in back of the singabus
And the panataloon duck white goose neck quacked
Fantastic albums. Way, way ahead of it's time.
Believe it or not, 'Too Much Time' was a single, I even heard it on the top forty radio. Imagine some record suit thinking Beefheart was a hitmaker!
Our local FM station played "Big Eyed Beans From Venus" and "Clear Spot".
Big Eyed Beans ! After they got that one locked in and perfected, I dream that they all pounded the good Capt for being such a dick (but, of course, it lead to perfection - like the guitars on that song).
There's soooo much to take in on this one (3:35) : monocle, red Tele, underwear on head, Capt looking back at Rockette Morton crouch dancing behind him.
And about two minutes of Art Tripp's left foot. Don't forget the green moustache. I think Tripp's whole stage getup and persona was a leftover from his time with the Mothers of Invention.
I don't think Don ever got his just desserts from any of the Magic Band members, although I suppose the MS could have been some cosmic karma.
Nah, I wouldn't wish that on anyone, not even a see you next tuesday like DVV.
His work seems to take advantage of Burroughs' 'cut-up' method, and in that way, seems a musical outgrowth of the Beats. The books are a purposely contentious read. Up to the listener if that method transfers well to music.
The boys in the band all hated Clear Spot for being a sell out from what I have read, but it was pretty accessible. Big Eyed Beans from Venus rocks tho.
That's not my impression at all, at least from reading books by Harkleroad and French, who seemed quite positive toward "Clear Spot".
I think the band members were rather keen not to go through the process that led to "Trout Mask Replica" again, and preferred playing the more blues-based and accessible material that came later.
After hearing some songs on stuff like shinny beast and Ice cream for crows it was nice this finally got released:
That’s right, the Mascara Snake. Fast and bulbous.
I m pretty sure there are some good books (biography maybe ) about Captain beefeater over. Do you know any worth reading ? I don t like much the music, it s a bit too far out but i d love to read a bit more about him. Same for Gerry garcia, but i ll create another thread for that. Thanks.
I think Clear Spot and Spotlight Kid had more thought-out compositions. They had 'songs' instead of some of the rambling, free-form things that might or might not have been compositions. I like most all of his stuff.
Still my favorite...
I like the book that Bill Harkleroad (Zoot Horn Rollo) wrote. It has some interesting insights and doesn't gloss over the difficult stuff.