Saturday, January 07, 2006

Your Captain's Speaking

Don Van Vliet, known as Captain Beefheart, is one of the greatest eccentric and surrealistic genius in the history of popular(?) music. Also very debatable, it looks like if you don't love him you hate him. He started playing the blues and ended up upsetting the common musical rules, creating a totally new and alien style. The real Captain's fans love particulary the abstruse and astonishing masterpiece Trout Mask Replica, produced by Frank Zappa in '69. Others just dare to listen to some easier and almost normal (but still brilliant) records of the 70's, like The Spotlight Kid or Unconditionally Guaranteed.
On the first clip we can see the Captain and his Magic Band on their weirdest period (you'll notice their unusual look too...), performing two songs from the "Replica" record, during a concert in Belgium.
The second clip shows a memorable appeareance at the Saturday Night Live show in 1980. Introduced by Malcolm "Clockwork Orange" McDowell, the Magic Band is still able to play with caustic energy. At the end of the performance you can clearly hear someone shouting "shit!". Was it excitement? Disgust? Astonishment?...
A couple of years later he ended up his musical career, sick of the mediocrity in the music business scene. Don Van Vliet still lives as a painter, Captain Beefheart died more than 20 years ago, but his influence is stronger than ever for musicians trying to create somenthing out of the ordinary.

Captain Beefheart - She's Too Much For My Mirror/My Human Gets Me Blues (1969)
Captain Beefheart - Hothead/Ashtray Heart (1980)

More Beefheart's clips in the future, if you wish...

Leave a comment, even just to say: "shit!"
Password: musicforyoureyes

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Blogger The Baz said...

Many thanks for these Mirco! The good Captain is always a welcome treat!
Best Wishes,

1/08/2006 1:39 AM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

Sendspace definitely works better.

1/08/2006 7:19 AM  
Blogger paranoide said...

Thanks for all Mirco, especially for VU and Nico stuff.
Have you some videos of Syd Barret or
Robert Wyatt?

For now, sendspace is better than rapidshare.

1/08/2006 1:15 PM  
Anonymous oldhippy said...

I’m a huge fan of the good Captain any thing by him is a bonus. Any more from his TMR period. Thanks.

Sendspace is very slow for me Rapidshare is very fast.

1/08/2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger Pepe said...


Thanks for these!

1/08/2006 4:18 PM  
Anonymous SpongeMan said...

Great Stuff!!! Some Vids of the Captain
I really Liked the KrautRock Vids Too!
Keep up the good work

1/08/2006 5:43 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

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1/08/2006 7:23 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi everybody, nice to see that there are many Beefheart's fans!
Sendspace has been suggested to me by my friend BAZ, owner of the brilliant blog Sonic Pollutions.In fact it seems easier to upload files, control if they are still on lines, how many times they have been downloaded... I beg you to be patient if the server is a little slow sometimes, I might return to Rapidshare in the future, or maybe try some other file-hosting sites.
Among the others I have the videos you have requested, I also found some clips by Reinassance and Gentle Giant, that an anonimous visitor asked's just a matter of waiting a little.

Ciao :)

1/08/2006 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mythical sessions.
Got more from the Amougies festival?

1/08/2006 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope u can stick with sendspace mirco it's much better.fantastic selection of clips.marc.

1/08/2006 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sendspace is definitely better than Rapidshare --- thanks much for all these lovely vids. Huge fan of CB, GG, Ren, RW, VU, ...

1/09/2006 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fantastic !!! thanx for the captain...

greetinx, mound

1/09/2006 10:39 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Thank you, I'm listening to the mp3s on your site and I like them

Ciao :)

1/10/2006 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Byrds, Beefheart, Pentangle I'm loving this stuff.

Do you have any Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson?

1/10/2006 1:38 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I only have a video by Sandy Denny with Fotheringay, I'll post it soon...
No other clips from the Amougies festival, sorry.

See you all soon


1/10/2006 4:17 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Great to see these. I saw the captain and the magic band play live back in the 70's and they were always fantastic! I agree about sendspace too- much better than rapidshare which has gone kinda weird lately!

1/10/2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Sadly I spoke too soon about the Sendspace files which downlaoded o.k. but cant open the zip file "not allowed" it says for some reason?

1/10/2006 9:55 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi, while unzipping the files you should be asked to insert a password: musicforyoureyes.
Let me know if you succeeded to open it.


1/10/2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger the gardener said...

sendspace is really a shityspace !

1/10/2006 3:18 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I see that the files I uploaded on sendspace are not avaliable now...but when you send this kind of messages at least explain which is the problem...

1/10/2006 5:27 PM  
Blogger The Baz said...

Hi Mirco
I also had a slightly sarcastic message from The Gardener - he claimed none of my files were ever available which put me in a blind panic as you have noticed! It appears to have stabilised again at Sendspace thankfully. Just have to get everyone to be patient and understanding since after all we do put a lot of free time into our blogs!

Thanks again for the support and keep up the good work!

1/10/2006 6:16 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Thanks for your support too BAZ. I'll try to be patient too, because unfortunately all files uploaded on Sendspace, mine and yours too, still seems to be unavailable, including the new Hollies videos that I wanted to download :(

1/10/2006 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 69 vid really shows the beat-jazz quality.. intense groove.. shockingly tight! and the guitarist's beauty../

1/14/2006 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very fine. Give me more of this, please!
Btw.: Do you know this site with a lot of Jazz-Guitar-Vid´s?

For example:Bireli Lagrene, John Mc Laughlin + Pat Metheny:

1/19/2006 10:10 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi, I didn't know that video page, I'm curious to see Django :)

1/19/2006 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU so much for the beefheart! i'm on the side that says he was a genius. thank you for allowing me to see this.

-jonathon fagan

2/03/2006 10:02 PM  

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