Author Topic: Ultimate Beefheart  (Read 1249 times)

Ultimate Beefheart
« on: November 25, 2020, 06:22:30 PM »
thread to post really good songs by Don Van Vliet

Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin Stones
proper mental tune, backwards drums, snaky atonal guitar and whimsical yet menacing lyrics

Too Much Time
the captain at his accessible and soulful, a heartwarming and righteous blinder of a song

Electricity
this is the sound of a distressing acid trip in the desert

Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2020, 06:55:05 PM »
The original version of I'm Glad is so much better than the terrible out of tune album version, don't know why they went with the later one.

Technically a cover, but not really if you count the instrumentation being completely different - Keep On Rubbin'

And technically this is a load of different blues covers mashed together - Yer Gonna Need Somebody On Yer Bond

Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2020, 07:45:50 PM »
I've got Doc at the Radar Station in the old automobile at the minute; Hot Head is a fucking rager of an opening.

He's on absolutely incredible vocal form on it as well.

the science eel

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Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2020, 08:19:29 PM »
Oh fuck I REALLY can't get into Doc. Same with Decals. But I love Captain Beefheart and I adore Safe As Milk and TMR - they're both top ten all-time LPs for me and have been since I first heard them.

The drums at the start of this absolutely slay me every time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vV8FjwREuU

and the solo lifts you right up there. What a band he had right there and then!

this live version might be even better ('he played that on a BROKEN STRING!')

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls6AVGY7Lls

kalowski

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Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2020, 08:28:51 PM »
I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby!

"The moon was a drip on a dark hood."

The man was five kinds of genius.

Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2020, 09:37:59 PM »


words to live by

Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2020, 09:52:38 PM »


words to live by

I've got a Hoffa you can't refuse.

Cuntbeaks

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Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2020, 10:16:06 PM »
The footage of them on The Beat Club is nothing short of incredible. I could watch days and days worth of high quality footage like this of CBAHMB just smashing it, track after track.

https://youtu.be/G0d0rsW9p3I

famethrowa

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Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2020, 10:19:20 PM »
I'm obsessed by Orange Claw Hammer, a barely coherent tale about a pirate returning home, sung by some old codger on a dusty porch into Alan Lomax or Percy Grainger's gramophone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp4zQEXzd74

I like this 75 version just as much (fans seem to hate it), it's different but cleverly arranged by Zappa with just an uncoloured electric guitar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1RAKMTlgco

PlanktonSideburns

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Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2020, 10:44:05 PM »
The footage of them on The Beat Club is nothing short of incredible. I could watch days and days worth of high quality footage like this of CBAHMB just smashing it, track after track.

https://youtu.be/G0d0rsW9p3I


so much to see in that

Sebastian Cobb

  • bad opinion haver
Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2020, 10:53:19 PM »
I like the one he did for Blue Collar, but I think it might've been written by Jack Nitzsche.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU4OjJPtNa0


chveik

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Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2020, 11:09:18 PM »

Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2020, 09:32:08 AM »
How has no-one said Tropical Hot Dog Night yet??

Tropical Hot Dog Night.

https://youtu.be/c0uqyjGuxyA

Dirty Boy

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Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2020, 02:17:48 PM »
Best Batch Yet
Sue Egypt
Gun to head, Doc At The Radar Station might be my favourite slab of beef.

Suction Prints
Fucking love the sound on this. Zappa without the sarcasm.

Bat Chain Puller
Inspired by Don's windscreen wipers no less.

Well
More acapella madness. "My mind cracked like custard/Ran red until it sealed"

As much as i love Safe As Milk and Trout Mask Replica, i think i listen to the last three albums more often than anything else. Decals was harder to crack, but there's some of his trickiest and most fiddly compositions on there.

Recently re-read the Mike Barnes biog and there's something lol worthy every other page. From Don supposedly sculpting all the worlds animals out of clay as a small child to him making a tape of him and mrs Beefheart doing the washing up then playing it at a band rehearsal and saying "learn that".

SpiderChrist

  • "the law of averages says you'll survive"
Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2020, 02:32:23 PM »
My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ2kSmbxEUw

My arms are just two things in the way, until I can wrap them around you

Another vote for Hot Head

Frownland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9lpLm7jwQY

My smile is stuck

Willie The Pimp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHiclrHm-ig

Floozies in the lobby love the way I smell (warning: contains Zappa)

SpiderChrist

  • "the law of averages says you'll survive"
Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2020, 02:32:51 PM »
God I fucking love Beefheart

The "beach" version of Electricity is fucking boss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE32tcojArI

Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2020, 06:58:30 AM »
Big Eyed Beans obvs.

https://youtu.be/mSxxmAK6iYg

Absorb the anus burn

  • I'll serve raw potatoes at my summer party
Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2020, 08:09:47 AM »
The footage of them on The Beat Club is nothing short of incredible. I could watch days and days worth of high quality footage like this of CBAHMB just smashing it, track after track.

https://youtu.be/G0d0rsW9p3I

I was totally obsessed with that performance for a long time.... Everything is so wrong yet so right - the sick lock grooves; the underpants on the drummers head; the bewildered camera crew not knowing what to film and focussing on one foot for 90 seconds............ I'd love to know the quantity of drugs consumed by TMB before the show.

Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2020, 09:06:57 AM »
I was totally obsessed with that performance for a long time.... Everything is so wrong yet so right - the sick lock grooves; the underpants on the drummers head; the bewildered camera crew not knowing what to film and focussing on one foot for 90 seconds............ I'd love to know the quantity of drugs consumed by TMB before the show.

It's intriguing as to where this came from as it's evidently not the broadcast edit, like a lot of Beat Club clips it seems to've been assembled from the studio rushes so some of the additional camera angles are missing (and there's no backdrop keyed in on the blue-screen.).

You can see on this official upload of "I'm Gonna Booglarise You Baby" what it was supposed to look like - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucA3q5VCQW0 . It looks like what we're seeing on the other clip is the footage of the drummer that plays in the background on the broadcast version, and why Don is barely visible a lot of the time.

Dirty Boy

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Re: Ultimate Beefheart
« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2020, 06:49:56 PM »
When Van Vilet and Zappa were getting along they made some good music - Debra Kadabra

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