History Music / CaptainBeefheart

4th Dec '15 12:44:58 PM luchog
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* UrbanLegend: Several incredible anecdotes surround Beefheart's life, most of them told by himself.

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* UrbanLegend: Several incredible anecdotes surround Beefheart's life, most of them told by himself. the man himself. Through interviews, album notes, and various other means, he created a constantly shifting personal mythology.
11th Jul '15 1:40:36 PM MikeK
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* MoneyDearBoy: After ''Music/LickMyDecalsOffBaby'', the Magic Band's musical output for the next 3 years became more and more conventional in order to make more money, as they were barely making a living off of their previous endeavors. This is especially obvious on the ''Music/UnconditionallyGuaranteed'' and ''Bluejeans & Moonbeams'' albums, [[IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney which Beefheart later disowned.]]



* ReclusiveArtist: He became practically the epitome of this trope after he quit music to focus on painting. His failing health did not help.



* ShortLivedBigImpact: Beefheart was musically active from 1966 to 1982 and only released a handful of albums before he quit the music industry for the rest of his life. Yet his influence on alternative music is enormous!
11th Jul '15 1:34:18 PM MikeK
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Beefheart said his second album "Strictly Personal" was victim of this, though he only said this after it failed to become a commercial success.
4th May '15 9:17:23 PM Patachou
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* MoneyDearBoy: After "Lick My Decals Off, Baby", the Magic Band's musical output for the next 3 years became more and more conventional in order to make more money, as they were barely making a living off of their previous endeavors. This is especially obvious on the ''Unconditionally Guaranteed'' and ''Bluejeans & Moonbeams'' albums, [[IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney which Beefheart later disowned.]]

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* MoneyDearBoy: After "Lick My Decals Off, Baby", ''Music/LickMyDecalsOffBaby'', the Magic Band's musical output for the next 3 years became more and more conventional in order to make more money, as they were barely making a living off of their previous endeavors. This is especially obvious on the ''Unconditionally Guaranteed'' ''Music/UnconditionallyGuaranteed'' and ''Bluejeans & Moonbeams'' albums, [[IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney which Beefheart later disowned.]]



**** The albums ''Unconditionally Guaranteed'' and ''Bluejeans & Moonbeams'' took the mood of the three ''Clear Spot'' songs and wrote whole albums in their style, something which wasn't very successful.
***** Harry Irene on ''Shiny Beast''. Surprisingly the song had been around since the late 60s.

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**** The albums ''Unconditionally Guaranteed'' ''Music/UnconditionallyGuaranteed'' and ''Bluejeans & Moonbeams'' took the mood of the three ''Clear Spot'' songs and wrote whole albums in their style, something which wasn't very successful.
***** Harry Irene on ''Shiny Beast''.''Music/ShinyBeast''. Surprisingly the song had been around since the late 60s.
27th Apr '15 5:53:45 PM Ezclee4050
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In his case, more like Early Installment Normalcy. His debut single "Diddy Wah Diddy" is fairly straightforward blues-rock and even managed to get a lot of Top 40 airplay on the West Coast.
26th Mar '15 6:56:36 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''Music/MirrorMan'' (1971, recorded 1967)
* ''Music/TheSpotlightKid'' (1972)
* ''Music/ClearSpot'' (1972)
* ''Music/UnconditionallyGuaranteed'' (1974)
* ''Music/BluejeansAndMoonbeams'' (1974)
26th Mar '15 6:55:05 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''Music/BatChainPuller'' (2012, recorded 1976)
13th Mar '15 1:34:43 PM Patachou
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* ''Music/LickMyDecalsOffBaby'' (1970)



** Early in his career his voice was based on Howling Wolf, but by the time of ''Doc At The Radar Station'' and ''Ice Cream For Crow'', he had fully switched to screeching his vocals rather than singing them. This was a result of both heavy smoking and his developing illness (Multiple Sclerosis, which would eventually kill him). His last recordings, poetry readings from the 90s and early 2000s, are painful listening; his voice just got worse thanks to the MS.

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** Early in his career his voice was based on Howling Wolf, Music/HowlinWolf, but by the time of ''Doc At The Radar Station'' and ''Ice Cream For Crow'', he had fully switched to screeching his vocals rather than singing them. This was a result of both heavy smoking and his developing illness (Multiple Sclerosis, which would eventually kill him). His last recordings, poetry readings from the 90s and early 2000s, are painful listening; his voice just got worse thanks to the MS.



** Upon first becoming friends, Zappa found Beefheart's habit of staying in his room listening to R&B records, eating leftover food and screaming at his mother to bring him a Pepsi funny, leading him to later write a song mocking Beefheart named "Why Doesn't Someone Get Him a Pepsi?". It appeared on ''Bongo Fury'' and was substantially reworked later to become "The Torture Never Stops".

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** Upon first becoming friends, Zappa found Beefheart's habit of staying in his room listening to R&B records, eating leftover food and screaming at his mother to bring him a Pepsi funny, leading him to later write a song mocking Beefheart named "Why Doesn't Someone Get Him a Pepsi?". It appeared on ''Bongo Fury'' ''Music/BongoFury'' and was substantially reworked later to become "The Torture Never Stops".



*** His album ''Clear Spot'' was charactised by three - "Too Much Time" (a radio oriented motown tribute), "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" and "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" (both love ballads).

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*** His album ''Clear Spot'' was charactised characterised by three - "Too Much Time" (a radio oriented motown tribute), "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" and "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" (both love ballads).



* TakeThat: "Beatle Bones N' Smokin' Stones" was said to have been written in reaction to Music/TheBeatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "A Day In The Life".

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* TakeThat: "Beatle Bones N' Smokin' Stones" from ''Music/StrictlyPersonal'' was said to have been written in reaction to Music/TheBeatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "A Day In The Life".
8th Feb '15 3:05:21 PM Patachou
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* ''Music/IceCreamForCrow'' (1982)
19th Jan '15 3:07:52 PM Patachou
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* ''Music/ShinyBeast'' (1978)
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