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Nightmare Fuel: Captain Beefheart
A face you don't want to see near your window at night!

To most listeners every Beefheart song would apply as terrifying noise. But even his fans can sometimes chudder:

  • The cover of Trout Mask Replica (see picture).
  • "Trust Us" has whispers of the title while Vliet bellows Let the dying die and let the lying lie.
  • "Well" conjuring up images of crows and bugs devouring the dead and the dying.
  • "Dachau Blues": Dancing skeletons in a Nazi concentration camp! And the small audio snippet near the end of a guy talking about exterminating rats ("You got one fellow down there and he's ssssssssssstaring!") is equally disturbing.
  • "Bills Corpse" is ostensibly about a dead goldfish but was apparently intended to make band member Bill Harkleroad feel uncomfortable.
  • "Autumn's Child" qualifies for this too — a very haunting ending for an otherwise (mostly) accessible album.
  • "The Thousand And Tenth Day Of The Human Totempole". A disturbing song about a human totempole apparently starving from hunger. Those terrifying lyrics:

    "The man at the top was starving.

    The pole was a horrible looking thing

    With all of those eyes and ears

    And waving hands for balance.

    There was no way to get a copter in close

    So everybody was starving together.

    The man at the top had long ago given up

    But didn't have nerve enough to climb down.

    At night the pole would talk to itself and the chatter wasn't too good."

  • "Apes-Ma", a very claustrophobic track with no music, just Beefheart's voice talking to a mother ape living inside a very small cage. Apparently Apes-Ma "is eating too much and going to the bathroom too much", which is awful, since "her cage isn't getting any bigger."
    • Also horrifying about this song is that Beefheart informs "Apes-Ma" that "the little girl that named you years ago has died now." So this poor animal has been stuck in this tiny little cage for so long that the original owner, a little child, apparently passed away by now, presumably of old age!
    • Beefheart mentions that Apes-Ma is "not strong enough" to "break out her cage anymore." So there is nothing to do except waiting for her eventual death.
    • As if the poem wasn't creepy enough, it's rumored that Beefheart could also have been describing himself going through the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
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