Posté 18 décembre 2010 - 09:27
Posté 18 décembre 2010 - 10:17
While not managing quite to fall in love with Captain Beefheart's music, he was nevertheless an artist I admired and respected and one whose life I found fascinating. One of a kind.
His acknowledged masterpiece, Trout Mask Replica is the most avant-garde record in my collection and one that I listen to only very rarely but it continues to delight and bewilder in roughly equal measure.
I'll remember him too for my second favourite line in all of rock music: "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous - got me?"
Posté 18 décembre 2010 - 11:42
He certainly had an interesting life. I always liked the story of him selling a vacuum cleaner to Aldous Huxley when he was working as a door-to-door salesman.
Posté 18 décembre 2010 - 11:49
In Martin Strong's excellent 'Great Rock Discography' the entry for Trout Mask Replica says 'it should never be played to someone not of your generation'. I know exactly what he means.
Posté 18 décembre 2010 - 12:37
I was never quite sure that he wasn't just taking the mickey out everyone - himself included. Some of his stuff was more spoken and prose rather than sung and poetic, some of his music was brilliant and some of it was self-indulgent in its obscurity.
When I did a bit of History teaching, the style of teaching had become more of a whodunnit - here are the facts, how can we explain them - than old-fashioned teaching (it was interesting!). One of the units was based on a body and the possessions found on it, one of which was a ticket to a Captain Beefheart concert. The Head of History thought the authors had dreamt up the name, so I took my copy of Trout Mask Replica in and played it to her and some of the children. To say they didn't get it is a huge understatement.
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Posté 18 décembre 2010 - 12:53
Great talent, unable to get it acrosss to the mainstream audience. I reckon his best album is The Spotlight Kid. Only saw him once, he and his band were brilliant.
A true one-off. I've just played Willie The Pimp as a memorial.
Posté 20 décembre 2010 - 10:36
His paintings are worth checking out, too. Link to website.
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