History Music / CaptainBeefheart

26th Jun '17 7:18:30 PM nombretomado
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--> From TheOtherWiki: ''"While playing "Electricity" for a warm-up performance at the Mt. Tamalpais Festival in 1967, Beefheart stopped the song, straightened his tie, and walked off the stage, landing face flat into the grass. He later claimed that he saw that a girl in the audience turned into a goldfish."''

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--> From TheOtherWiki: Wiki/TheOtherWiki: ''"While playing "Electricity" for a warm-up performance at the Mt. Tamalpais Festival in 1967, Beefheart stopped the song, straightened his tie, and walked off the stage, landing face flat into the grass. He later claimed that he saw that a girl in the audience turned into a goldfish."''
9th Jun '17 7:01:02 AM MarkLungo
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-->''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound, [[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20070801 on the man himself.]]''

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-->''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound, -->'--'Webcomic/ScaryGoRound, [[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20070801 on the man himself.]]''
18th Feb '17 2:54:49 PM onionmaster
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* {{Bookends}} The fuzzbox used on the last song the band recorded, "Skeleton Makes Good", was directly inspired by the one used in the first song they recorded, "Diddy Wah Diddy". A unintentional one, as at the time, Beefheart was considering recording more material, but later decided to retire.


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** "Neon Meate Dream Of A Octafish" is also about sex, albeit disguised in WordSaladLyrics.
4th Feb '17 5:58:29 AM onionmaster
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Used extensively on "Strictly Personal", often through phasing. Of particular note is the segue from "On Tomorrow" into "Beatle Bones And Smokin' Stones".
2nd Feb '17 8:19:30 AM mlsmithca
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* WastedSong: "Odd Jobs" from the original Bat Chain Puller, which languished in unreleased obscurity for many years, is regarded by many as a lovely song describing a elderly homeless man beloved by his whole community, who suddenly dies and nobody realises what happened to him. When the original Bat Chain Puller was finally released, "Odd Jobs" was universally praised as the highlight by reviewers. AndTheFandomRejoiced

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* WastedSong: "Odd Jobs" from the original Bat Chain Puller, which languished in unreleased obscurity for many years, is regarded by many as a lovely song describing a elderly homeless man beloved by his whole community, who suddenly dies and nobody realises what happened to him. When the original Bat Chain Puller was finally released, "Odd Jobs" was universally praised as the highlight by reviewers. AndTheFandomRejoiced
2nd Feb '17 5:37:03 AM onionmaster
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* WastedSong: "Odd Jobs" from the original Bat Chain Puller, which languished in unreleased obscurity for many years, is regarded by many as a lovely song describing a elderly homeless man beloved by his whole community, who suddenly dies and nobody realises what happened to him. When the original Bat Chain Puller was finally released, "Odd Jobs" was universally praised as the highlight by reviewers. AndTheFandomRejoiced
1st Feb '17 6:15:33 PM onionmaster
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* SampledUp: The backing music in "The Blimp" is "Charles Ives" by The Mothers, who were rehearsing in the next room whilst Frank Zappa was taking the call that produced the lyrics. Zappa liked the combination so much he says (as is heard at the end) that they should use it as is for the album. Although performing it live, Zappa didn't use "Charles Ives" on an album, only including a live version on "You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore" years later.
29th Jan '17 4:18:47 AM onionmaster
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** "Funeral Hill" and "Kiss Me My Love" from the Spotlight Kid sessions, "Little Scratch" from the Clear Spot sessions (although its music was later reused for "The Past Sure Is Tense"). There are numerous other examples from this period.
**Whilst most of the tracks from the then-unreleased album "Bat Chain Puller" was re-recorded across Beefheart's last three albums "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)", "Doc At The Radar Station" and "Ice Cream For Crow", the songs "Seam Crooked Sam" and "Odd Jobs" were not. Beefheart did want to keep some of the songs exclusive in case he got the rights to release the album at a later date, but it never happened.



** Of note are "Lick My Decals Off Baby" (which featured marimba) and "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" (which featured trombone), making songs from those albums sound different to those before distinctive.



** The line "Street lamps flutter like fireflies" in "Love Lies" was reused from "25th Century Quaker". It's rumored that Beefheart did write "Love Lies" as a poem in the late 60s but never put it to music at the time, thus quoted it here.



** "Sure Nuff And Yes I Do" was very written around the band's arrangement of "Howlin' Wolf"'s "Down In The Bottom" which the band used to play live in their blues band days.

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** "Sure Nuff And Yes I Do" was very written around the band's arrangement of "Howlin' Wolf"'s "Down In The Bottom" which the band used to play live in their blues band days.days.
** The music for "The Smithsonian Institute Blues" was originally written in the Strictly Personal period for "Sugar Baby Sugar", an unreleased song with lyrics from a Herb Bermann poem. The original recording featured a different bassline from then bass player Jerry Handley and would have lacked the marimba of the "Decals" recording. This recording has never been released and is seemingly lost, but is mentioned by John French in Herb Bermann's book "The Mystery Man From The Magic Band in which the poem "Sugar Baby Sugar" appears.
25th Jan '17 5:42:52 AM onionmaster
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* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Inverted. As bizarre and dissonant Beefheart's music may sound to the average listener he was actually a playful, innocent man InHarmonyWithNature.

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* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Inverted. As bizarre RearrangeTheSong: ''Dirty Blue Gene'' started in the "Strictly Personal" sessions as a poem collaboration between Beefheart and dissonant Beefheart's music may sound his collaborator Herb Bermann. It was a play on words of 'Dirty Blue Jeans'. An instrumental backing was recorded, but the song was not voiced. Said instrumental ended up being used for "The Witch Doctor Life" years later. "Dirty Blue Gene"'s lyrics were later reused in a "Spotlight Kid" era song with different music, which, after some rewriting over the years, ended up in its final version during the "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" sessions but still didn't make the final cut. It did however lend its name to the average listener he album, from its first line "The shiny beast of thought"). The song eventually appeared on "Doc At The Radar Station", in which it is often praised as one of the highlights.
* RecycledLyrics: Lyrics from Herb Bermann's poems ''Dirty Blue Gene'' and ''Owed T'Alex'' ended up being used in completely different songs to which they were originally intended. Beefheart reused some of the unreleased poem ''Kilimanjaro''s lyrics in ''Ant Man Bee'', most notably the word 'Uhuru'. Bermann's book "The Mystery Man From The Magic Band" shows us that many of Bermann's poems were adapted to song by the Magic Band, some crediting him, and some not.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Several examples.
** "Sure Nuff And Yes I Do"
was actually very written around the band's arrangement of "Howlin' Wolf"'s "Down In The Bottom" which the band used to play live in their blues band days.
** "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" on "Clear Spot" begins with the same opening bars as "Flower Pot" from the "Strictly Personal" sessions but is otherwise musically different.
** "Tropical Hot Dog Night" from "Shiny Beast" was written around the closing section of "Odd Jobs" from the original "Bat Chain Puller".
** "Suction Prints" from "Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)" is
a playful, innocent man InHarmonyWithNature. rewritten version of the "Spotlight Kid" era song "Pompadour Swamp", which originally had more sections.
** "Ice Cream For Crow" recreates the music from the "Spotlight Kid" era demo "Drink Paint Run Run", which had previously had its lyrics used for "Run Paint Run Run", which itself has different music.
** "The Past Sure is Tense" recreates the music from the Clear Spot era demo "Little Scratch" but has different lyrics.
** "The Witch Doctor Life" recreates the music from the Strictly Personal era demo "Dirty Blue Gene", but has different lyrics as he had already used the "Dirty Blue Gene" lyrics in an otherwise different song on "Doc At The Radar Station".
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.
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