YMMV / Captain Beefheart

  • Crazy Awesome
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: Trout Mask Replica is considered this by many critics and musicians, most notably John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
    • Safe as Milk would qualify. While it's nowhere near the experimentation he would pioneer in later albums, it's still got some good music in the form of "Zig Zag Wanderer", "Dropout Boogie", "Electricity", and "Abba Zabba".
    • Probably any fan of any artist would say 'all of it', but almost every album Beefheart made was filled with completely original and wonderful songs that drew rave reviews and critical acclaim; all except his two 'Tragic Band' albums, which still have one or two good songs...
  • Faux Symbolism: Whether this is intentional or not depends on who was was giving the particular explanation of the "symbolism", and when (Van Vliet tended to change his stories practically every time he was interviewed).
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has its own page: [1].
  • Referenced by...: References to Captain Beefheart in popular culture now have their own page [2].
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Due to his preference for Word Salad Lyrics used more for their sound and cadence than anything resembling meaning.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Subverted. Van Vliet claimed this as part of his Beefheart persona; but his claim has been refuted by former band members.