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Captain Beefheart: Clear Spot

Review by David Rensin, Phonograph Record, November 1972

THERE ARE TYPICALLY three schools of thought surrounding Captain Beefheart. The first love him and feel he can do no wrong. The second find him ...

Captain Beefheart: The Country Club, Reseda

Live Review by Mark Leviton, BAM, February 1981

"YOU EITHER LOVE it or hate it," explained the guy standing behind me to his wary girlfriend during Captain Don's blistering set. "It's the weirdest ...

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Captain Beefheart, The Remains: Too Many 'Diddy Wahs'

Profile by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, June 1966

ONE GROUP is from Boston and claims to be protesting the British influence on American music. The other group is from California and proudly declares ...

Dr. John, The Night Tripper: Gris Gris (Atlantic)/Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Strictly Personal (Blue Thumb)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1968

THE ALBUM of huge underground word-of-mouth reputation in the States these days, an album far removed from the fashion changing ladder of the high chart ...

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band: Strictly Personal (Liberty)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1969

APTLY TITLED. The unique Beefheart outfit have thoroughly fulfilled the promise of their first album. ...

Captain Beefheart is Alive in Hollywood

Interview by Miles, ZigZag, October 1969

IT’S THE BLIMP, IT’S THE BLIMP ...

The Beefheart-Zappa Talk-in

Report and Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, November 1969

Frank Zappa breezed into London last week in an orange tee-shirt. His aim was to launch the British end of his record label, Straight, who ...

Frank Zappa: Listen With Mothers

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1970

FRANK ZAPPA has emerged as one of the most interesting, lucid, energetic, entertaining and creative figures in contemporary music. He has frequently complained of being ...

Captain Beefheart

Profile and Interview by Ben Edmonds, ZigZag, August 1970

Beefheart is and always was a Zigzag hero; we get more letter about him than any other artists, I should think – asking for news ...

Captain Beefheart: Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Review by Ed Ward, Rolling Stone, December 1970

WHEN I FIRST heard Trout Mask Replica, I about puked. What is this shit, I thought. People I met talked about it in glowing terms ...

A Candid Conversation With Beef The Chief: The Don Van Vliet Interview

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, 1971

This interview was found in the vaults by Harold Colson, an ace Librarian at the University of California at San Diego.Harold is researching the Stones ...

Captain Beefheart: Lick My Decals Off Baby

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, January 1971

ALREADY, I'M THINKING that this is the Captain's most satisfying album to date. ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Ungano's, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1971

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & the Magic Band, a Los Angeles group, is playing through tonight at Ungano's, 210 West 70th Street. ...

Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band: Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Review by Lester Bangs, Creem, March 1971

GAZING ACROSS pop music's stale horizons, past all the cynical ineptitude, pseudo-intellectual solemnity, neurotic regression and dismal dead-ends for great bands, there is one figure ...

Captain Beefheart

Discography by Nick Tosches, Fusion, March 1971

"The Chatanooga Choo-Choo careens headlong into the hub of an exploding galaxy. The cadavers of 19 raped and strangled astronauts float de-pants'd, froggish in the ...

Captain Beefheart: Lick My Decals Off, Baby (Bizarre)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Cream, May 1971

INSIDE CAPTAIN Beefheart is a corny old ballad-singing crooner, aching to sing those same old songs of sorrow and devotion. But the knows that kind ...

Captain Beefheart: The Spotlight Kid (Reprise)

Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, February 1972

THE CAPTAIN is back with this latest album of Space Blues and poetry in motion. ...

Captain Beefheart: The Spotlight Kid (Reprise)

Review by Ben Edmonds, Dave Marsh, Creem, April 1972

The Kid is gonna Booglarize ya ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, April 1972

AS A PRELUDE to the good captain, a ballerina dressed in white, with a crown to match, did her stuff, followed by a belly dancer ...

Captain Beefheart: A Trip Into The Mind Of The Spotlight Kid

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, April 1972

RECENTLY MOVED FROM his desert domain in Lancaster to the remote forests of oceanside Eureka in Northern California, The Captain, at a comfortable 31, is ...

Come Out, Paul... Beefheart's Here!

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1972

UNDERGROUND hero Captain Beefheart surfaced in London with a plea: "Where are you, Paul McCartney?" and being a helpful sort of diary page, we echo: ...

Love Over Gold: Captain Beefheart Talks To RM Readers

Report and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1972

FIVE YEARS ago, the magic name of Captain Beefheart was no more than an imported LP in the window-display of clique-ey One-Stop Records. There ...

Beefheart: Rough Trade From Venus Hits It Big

Interview by Nick Kent, Frendz, April 1972

PROLOGUE – a true story: Mark, like most other 17 year-old boys, was going through the usual hassles which come with being young in the ...

Captain Beefheart A Success?

Interview by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, December 1972

NOTE: Nobody was ever more fun to hang out with than Don Van Vliet. We took a number of dinners over the years, including one ...

Getting Closer To The Captain: Clear Spot

Review by Lester Bangs, Creem, January 1973

"AND THAT PANTALOONED DUCK / white goose neck / quacked, 'Webcor, Webcor.'" Those are the last lines on Clear Spot, from a song called 'Golden ...

Captain Beefheart Sings For Women

Interview by David Rensin, Rolling Stone, January 1973

NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Striding into the small but copiously equipped Warner Brothers recording studio like a bull dressed for a Chinatown parade, Captain Beefheart extends ...

Know What I Mean? The Don Van Vliet Interview...

Interview by Rick McGrath, Georgia Straight, The, March 1973

Beefheart at The Commodore. Do you know what I mean? ...

Captain Beefheart: The Beef Of The Matter

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, April 1973

DON VAN VLIET and his orchestra are here for their third British tour. The current line-up of The Magic Band features Zoot Horn Rollo (first ...

Captain Beefheart: Low Yo Yo-Ing It In Blunderland

Review and Interview by Gary Lucas, Zoo World, May 1973

I don't want to kill my china pig/No I don't/A man's gotta live/A man's gotta eat/A man's gotta have shoes/To walk out on the street..." ...

Pink Floyd, Steve Miller, Captain Beefheart, Roy Harper, Linda Lewis: Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, July 1975

Floyd fly high with support ...

Captain Beefheart - Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1975

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART (AKA Don Van Vliet) moves in sufficiently mysterious ways for me to believe that Zoot Horn Rollo (aka Bill Harkleroad) may just possibly ...

Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart: Bongo Fury

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, November 1975

THE STORY SO far. ...

Captain Beefheart: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, November 1975

DON'T BELIEVE WHAT your mother tells you kids, there really is a Legion of Super Heroes. ...

Don't Argue with the Captain: A Rap Wit’ de Cap

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1975

Captain Beefheart is back in Britain, and despite those hassles over Bongo Fury he has lots of laughs... ...

Zappa and Beefheart: Penguins In Bondage

Interview by Robot A. Hull, Creem, January 1976

Master MasterThis is recorded thru uh flies ear 'n you have t' have uh flies eye t' see it it's the thing that's gonna make ...

Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart: BLLLAAAaaaaahhhhh

Memoir by Miles, New Musical Express, January 1976

Actually, it didn't work. However, something that did work was the re-uniting of THE CAPTAIN and FRANK ZAPPA a few months ago for a tour ...

Beefheart Discovers “World's Greatest Band” Sensation

Interview by Miles, New Musical Express, November 1976

I CALLED Captain Beefheart the other day. His huge voice came booming down the phone even though I'd probably woken him up. ...

Captain Beefheart: The Number One Weirdo Comes Back To Earth

Interview by John Morthland, Gig, February 1978

ON PAPER, IT probably sounds like just another Captain Beefheart comeback. Lord knows he's had his share. Yet for his fans, it's a most welcome ...

Captain Beefheart: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, November 1978

OUR FRIEND makes its long overdue appearance, a record of fragments that has a bewildered Beefheart crawling out of the messes of '74/'75 and trying ...

Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band: Doc At The Radar Station

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1980

IN THE Beefheart Universe, you see everything that you see in other places, but it always seems different. ...

Captain Beefheart's Far Cry

Profile and Interview by Lester Bangs, Village Voice, The, October 1980

He's Alive, But So Is Paint. Are You? ...

Captain Beefheart: Tales Of Transmutation From The Mojave Magic Man

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, November 1980

"GOD-DAMN THAT BEAT!" Don Van Vliet slams out a foursquare tattoo on the dashboard of his blue Volvo estate. "That mama heartbeat. That bom...bom...bom! Why ...

Captain Beefheart: If It Weren't For Bad Luck

Report by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, January 1981

NEW YORK – Did ever a man suffer such unrelenting abuse, incomprehension, and just plain bad luck at the hands of the American record industry ...

Captain Beefheart

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, March 1981

MAY 1970. High School kids in my living room. Singing "Hot and slimy weenie, knocking at my door/Hot and slimy weenie, crawling 'cross the floor/Hot ...

Captain Beefheart

Interview by John Morthland, Music & Sound Output, May 1981

IN 12 ALBUMS SPREAD out over 13 years, Captain Beefheart has created a body of work that breaks most every rule in American music and ...

Ted Templeman on Captain Beefheart

Interview by David Gans, BAM, September 1981

What did you expect when you did Captain Beefheart's Clear Spot? ...

Richard Perry

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Record Producers', BBC Books, 1982

IF ANY PRODUCER could be said to have an instantly identifiable sound, aside from the obvious case of Phil Spector, it would be Richard Perry. ...

Ted Templeman: Super Producer

Interview by David Gans, BAM, 1982

The super producer talks about Little Feat, Van Halen, the Doobies, and staying sane in a world of crazies. ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Ice Cream For Crow (Virgin V2237)*****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, September 1982

TO THE casual observer, Captain Beefheart's vibe must appear to be similar to the window blind painting he has created to adorn his latest batch ...

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band: Ice Cream For Crow (Virgin)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, September 1982

THE TIME has come and gone for Captain Beefheart to evade the confines of 'criticism'. If we posit Trout Mask Replica and Lick My Decals ...

In Search Of Captain Beefheart

Profile and Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, February 1983

The elusive Don van Vliet tracked to his lair ...

Captain Beefheart: A Wacky Way Of Knowledge

Profile and Interview by Roy Trakin, Creem, May 1983

"If you've got ears, you gotta listen," – Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart ...

Captain Beefheart: The Legendary A&M Sessions

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, October 1984

SINCE HIS ear-bending 1969 breakthrough, Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart's reputation as rock's most unvarnishedly unconventional artiste has overshadowed the earthy R&B roots of his ...

Colin David Webb: Captain Beefheart - The Man And His Music

Book Review by Andy Gill, Q, February 1990

PUBLISHERS MAY BE willing to publish books on fairly marginal artists such as (to choose two recent examples) R.E.M. and Tom Waits, but a cult ...

Gary Lucas' Gods and Monsters

Profile and Interview by Mark Dery, Guitar Player, September 1990

"THE MUSICAL landscape is completely moribund," says Gary Lucas. "It's one of the worst periods in memory, worse than the mid '70s. My music is ...

Captain Beefheart: Dropout Boogie

Retrospective by Miles, MOJO, December 1993

IT WAS 2am, September 1969, and I was having a cup of styrofoam coffee with Don Van Vliet in the 24-hour automated snack-bar of TT&G ...

Captain Beefheart: 'Yeah, I'm Happy!'

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, December 1993

He is alive. A recluse. Painting in seclusion up near the Oregon border. There have been weird signals through the ether since he stopped making ...

Captain Beefheart: the Artist

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, August 1994

DON VAN VLIET lives in the small and beautifully named town of Trinidad in Northern California, up by the Oregon border, 135 ft from the ...

55 Years Of Goin’ To The Toilet: Captain Beefheart

Interview by Fred Mills, Zia Zine, April 1996

NOTE TO THE PURIST OF HEART: Please take the date of publication into account as you peruse this piece. And no, Don Van Vliet did ...

Captain Beefheart: Clear Spot

Review by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, February 1997

WHILE NOBODY questions his status as one of rock's great originals, Captain Beefheart's madcap variations on the blues are an acquired taste. Armed with a ...

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica

Book Excerpt by Mike Barnes, 'Captain Beefheart: The Biography' (Quartet), 1999

"If there has been anything in the history of popular music which could be described as a work of art in a way that people ...

Captain Beefheart: Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982)

Review by Byron Coley, Wire, May 1999

ALTHOUGH IT WAS their third released album, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band arrived with 1969's sprawling Trout Mask Replica. The ability to appreciate its ...

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Grow Fins

Review and Interview by Jon Savage, MOJO, June 1999

"That’s right, the Mascara Snake." And even if it isn’t, someone will put it in a box set one day. A feast of leftover Beefheart ...

Captain Beefheart: Grow Fins

Review by Richard Gehr, Village Voice, The, July 1999

SINCE THE 1969 release of Trout Mask Replica, the artist dubbed Captain Beefheart has incarnated the gold standard by which "weirdness" in rock music has ...

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Grow Fins (Revenant); The Dust Blows Forward (Rhino)

Review by Ben Edmonds, Detroit Metro Times, July 1999

NOW THAT Don Van Vliet’s abandonment of music in favour of his career as a painter appears to be permanent, what are we finally to ...

Three Decades Inside The Mask: Captain Beefheart

Retrospective and Interview by Byron Coley, unpublished, December 1999

NOTE: This article appeared in a much-shortened version in the December 1999 edition of Spin entitled "The Strangest Album Ever Sold: The Making Of Trout ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Dust Sucker (Milksafe)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, May 2002

THE FULL STORY of Captain Beefheart's ill-fated Bat Chain Puller – potentially his greatest musical statement after Trout Mask Replica – has already been admirably ...

Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Pt. 1: Captain Beefheart and Pere Ubu

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, June 2002

From Trout Mask to Dub Housing: how did music that once seemed so harsh and incomprehensible come to sound so good? ...

Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Pt. 2: Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, June 2002

WHEN THE noble savage theory of punk rock was first laid out in the early-to-mid-'70s, I bought in. According to one version of the mantra, ...

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (Straight, 1969)

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Paytress, MOJO, March 2005

A disciplinarian visionary and his inspired acolytes create genuine Outsider Art. ...

Captain Beefheart: Low Yo-Yo Stuff

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Record Collector, February 2009

"It's always irritated me that people labelled him weird. It was a kind of super-reality."– John Peel ...

Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Nightmare

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, Record Collector, February 2009

The shocking story behind the making of Beefheart's greatest album ...

The Dust Blows Forward, 'N The Dust Blows Back: Remembering Beefheart

Memoir by Gene Sculatti, recordmecca.com, December 2010

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE for me to think what the world would be without Captain Beefheart's music in it. Amidst the bad news, the good is that ...

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