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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Boreas, Oct 17, 2021.
I grew up in a hick town and the public library only had 3 "rock" records:
Alice Cooper - Love It to Death
Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
I was 12 at the time, and I'm sure Beefheart warped my mind.
Or were those the only 3 that were never stolen??
I worked at a library with a great collection of DVDs where the staff would stock the displays with their favorite films, or out of the ordinary titles to passively recommend. I was always trying to push Zappa CDs or movies on the patrons, or putting other unusual things on display. One day this regular patron, unassuming, quiet, almost too quiet, very reserved starts to check out at the terminal by the front desk. I am at the desk and I see her checking out with the documentary I had displayed on FZ and the Mothers. We started talking because she didn’t strike me as a Zappa fan, and I was curious about her. So she says, “Oh I just like to visit old friends. I miss them. They were so much fun.” Turns out she lived in Lancaster and went to high school there. Knew Don, knew Don’s dad, used to see his bread truck. That’s pretty unusual considering what an atypical set of friends FZ and Don kept back then in such a small community. We got to be friends. She has lots of good stories.
Had to run so far to find a clear spot….
I memorised these albums. 50 years ago. Still love 'em.
Yes, I believe they were neighbours and went to school together..
Still my on stage mantra …
I saw Captain Beefheart at a Warner Bros promotional concert at the Santa Monica Civic auditorium in 1972 I think the year was. It featured Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, the early lineup of Little Feat, and an Australian band, Daddy Cool. Beefheart's lineup was Beefheart, Zoot Horn Rollo, Art Tripp(Ed Marimba), Rockette Morton, former Mother's bass player Roy Estrada and Winged Eel Fingerling(Elliot Ingbar). That was probably the best band Beefheart ever had at one time.
However, I think Beefheart could have put out some incredible music without trying to be so weird. Unlike many, I am not a fan of Trout Mask Replica. It did have some interesting stuff on it, but I look at it more like a weird comedy record with surrealistic lyrics and goofy chaotic music. Had I not seen what that band was capable of around 3 years later, I wouldn't have paid that much attention to it, but it was a wasted opportunity for him and the Beefheart fans. I don't buy into the whole genius thing. I think he was looking for some crazy attention from all the cadets that seemed to follow him. Supposedly Frank Zappa wasn't all that impressed either.
"Tell me, good captain, how does it feel, to be driven away from your own steering wheel?"
My next band will be called "Webcor."
Safe as milk was so pure... The guitar, that voice.
Trout was cool but way more avant garde.
I caught the Magi Band live in the early eighties. Unforgettable show; so much energy and finesse, and the surprising musical turns were refreshing. Just a fantastic experience.
I've long felt that Beefheart was a blues player/singer who just took it (quite) a bit further.