Buffetâ€™s New Year Review wasnâ€™t much of a revue as there were less of us contributing to the show than weâ€™d anticipated. This was due to seasonal poorliness. So we shall resolve to get more guests on the show during 2011!
In 2010 we saw lots of ace bands, listened to great music, but people died and we donâ€™t like the emerging political landscape, so on the whole we gave it the finger. We also played some records:
Kinks â€“ You Really Got Me
Duchess Says â€“ Black Flag
Field Music â€“ Letâ€™s Write a Book
Joanna Newsome â€“ In California
LCD Soundsystem â€“ Drunk Girls
Portable Pony â€“ And the Morning Came in Shouting
Captain Beefheart â€“ Lo Yo Yo Stuff
The Slits â€“ Instant Hit
Spice Girls â€“ Spice Up Your Life
Solex â€“ The Cutter
Liars â€“ Scarecrows on a Killer Slant
Pavement â€“ Spit on a Stranger
Grinderman â€“ Worm Tamer
Roxy Music â€“ Re-Make/Re-Model
Big thanks to everyone whoâ€™s contributed or listened to the show in 2010, itâ€™s been real!
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – “Blue Eyed Beans From Venus” (LP- “Clear Spot”) (Reprise)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – “Hey Garland,I Dig Your Tweed Coat” (LP – “Ice Cream For Crow”) (Virgin)
Sonic Youth – “Electricty” (v/a LP “Fast and Bulbous”) (Imaginary)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – “Who Do You Think You’re Fooling?” (LP – “The Legendary A&M Sessions”) (A&M)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – “Sure Nuff N Yes I Do” (LP-”Safe As Milk”) (Buddha)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – “Yellow Brick Road” (LP-”Safe As Milk”) (Buddha)
Magazine – “I Love You, You Big Dummy” (LP – “Peel Sessions”) (Virgin)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – “Trust Us” (Top Gear Session – 6th May 1968)
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band – “Safe As Milk” (Top Gear Session – 6th May 1968) available to download from http://www.beefheart.com/filtered/peel.htm
The Fall – “Beatle Bones and Smokin’ Stones” (5CD Box – “Peel Sessions 1978-2004)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – “Peon” (LP- “Lick My Decals Off”) (Straight)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – “The Dust Blows Forward and The Dust Blows Back” (LP – “Trout Mask Replica”) (Warner Bros.)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – “Pachuco Cadaver” (LP -”Trout Mask Replica”) (Warner Bros.)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – “Ella Guru” (LP – “Trout Mask Replica”)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – “You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond – Live at Kidderminster 1968″ (5CD Box – “Grow Fins:Rarities 1965 -1982″ (Revenant)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – “Owed T’Alex” (LP – “Shiny Beast – Bat Chain Puller”) (Virgin)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band – “Veteran’s Day Poppy” (LP – “Trout Mask Replica”) (Warner Bros.)
Another Beefheartianthought from our friend Alastair in San Fran :
“My friend Tinker put his finger on the emotion last night. Unlike Jagger, Madonna and others (we WISH would go away), Beefheart vanished from the public eye thirty years ago so his death brought us back to an emotional state approximating our feelings for him when we were young.”
“If there has ever been such a thing as a genius in the history of popular music, it’s Beefheart,” “I heard echoes of his music in some of the records I listened to last week and I’ll hear more echoes in records that I listen to this week.”Â John Peel
It seems odd to feel compelled to write in tribute to someone who stopped making records when I was 11 years old, but normal rules never applied when referring to Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart. A quick check of his Wikipedia entry lists the musical genres he worked in as follows:
Experimental rock, blues, blues-rock, avant-garde, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, protopunk, surrealist, outsider
although anyone familar with his work will find even this sprawling list inadequate to describe the Captain’s work, mainly but not exclusively encapsulated on 12 studio LP’s recorded between 1966 and 1982 after which he did what so many of his 1960′s contemporaries failed to do and decided that he had said all he wanted to say and retired from music to become a respected artist.
In this sense, this is the second time that we’ve lost him and I always felt that the blow of his eventual demise would be cushioned by the fact that as a “Beefheart fan-boy” (in the immortal words of Tez Burke) I had long since resigned myself to not hearing any new music from the great man.
News has reached us of the death of Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart.
He is said to have died of complications from multiple sclerosis.
A tribute is due. And we will bring it, starting next week as we explore the albums, one every week.
Click Clack, live in Paris in 1973
A truly GREAT clip, they’re all enjoying themselves so much. Was this the tour that came through Bradford in the early 70s? n blew our socks off? Best gig and tightest band I’ve ever seen. Better than Miles Davis.