RIP Captain Beefheart

Captain BeefheartRest in Peace: Captain Beefheart: Jan. 15, 1941–Dec. 17, 2010.

Cult musician and visual artist Don Van Vliet died Friday after years of suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Found on YouTube below is “Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkey on my Knee” by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band.

[Image: Captain Beefheart at Convocation Hall, Toronto, 1974. Photo by Jean-Luc via Wikimedia Commons]

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  • Strummingbabe

    Beefheart is in a better place, i was too young to ever get into him or whatever

    but yeah, anywhere away from planet earth is a good place, this is a horrible horrible place, the only people it isnt horrible to are the ones who are work slaves who dont live in reality, but live in a false state of brainwashing from the television, their drugs they do, their success, they are sheltered little worker bees, but if one of them faulters or gets sick, instead of trying to help it, they cast it out and leave it to die

    I cant wait to die, this planet is truly horrible. and I have a hot transvestite girlfriend, thats why I cant kill myself or I think I would.

  • Strummingbabe

    Beefheart is in a better place, i was too young to ever get into him or whatever

    but yeah, anywhere away from planet earth is a good place, this is a horrible horrible place, the only people it isnt horrible to are the ones who are work slaves who dont live in reality, but live in a false state of brainwashing from the television, their drugs they do, their success, they are sheltered little worker bees, but if one of them faulters or gets sick, instead of trying to help it, they cast it out and leave it to die

    I cant wait to die, this planet is truly horrible. and I have a hot transvestite girlfriend, thats why I cant kill myself or I think I would.

  • http://www.benay.com Dawn

    Captain Beefheart. The name sounds like some sort of 1960’s acid-tripping comic book hero, who could have come straight out of Mad Magazine. While his looks and persona might have seemed strange, even scary to some, he was actually just a really kind, quiet, and unique man named Don Van Vliet. I knew him as a child, actually having even seen him do the album cover session for Trout Mask Replica. Now that was scary, seeing the face of Captain Beefheart behind a smelly dead fish! For a time he was managed by my dad Neil Reshen, and it wasn’t uncommon in the late sixties to have him or Frank Zappa, a friend of his, hang out at our home, and then wind up crashing and sleeping on the top bunk of my bunk bed set, while I slept on the bottom.
    I guess I liked him and his music because it was somewhat unconstructed, as he wasn’t a professionally trained musician. I remember him as sort of a wild-eyed, musically mad pied-piper with that strange look in his eyes and that goatee sort of thing on his chin. What child wouldn’t be in awe of that – a mad, psychedelic musician playing loud, strange music right at the foot of their bed? Like my own musical version of “Where the Wild Things Are?” To many this might be strange but he and Zappa were just two guys who would say, “hey, go back to bed,” when they came into crash, or rub my wooly head of hair when they came into the house to see my dad – no more, no less, but certainly not rock stars.
    We need more mad creative types in this straight-laced world and he will be missed. There are artists who will not compromise with societal expectations, even to their own detriment, and he was one of those. I wonder how strong a personality, how strong a vision you must have never to give in, or give up but just to follow your own tune, and in his case, literally do so. RIP Trout Man.

  • http://www.benay.com Dawn

    Captain Beefheart. The name sounds like some sort of 1960’s acid-tripping comic book hero, who could have come straight out of Mad Magazine. While his looks and persona might have seemed strange, even scary to some, he was actually just a really kind, quiet, and unique man named Don Van Vliet. I knew him as a child, actually having even seen him do the album cover session for Trout Mask Replica. Now that was scary, seeing the face of Captain Beefheart behind a smelly dead fish! For a time he was managed by my dad Neil Reshen, and it wasn’t uncommon in the late sixties to have him or Frank Zappa, a friend of his, hang out at our home, and then wind up crashing and sleeping on the top bunk of my bunk bed set, while I slept on the bottom.
    I guess I liked him and his music because it was somewhat unconstructed, as he wasn’t a professionally trained musician. I remember him as sort of a wild-eyed, musically mad pied-piper with that strange look in his eyes and that goatee sort of thing on his chin. What child wouldn’t be in awe of that – a mad, psychedelic musician playing loud, strange music right at the foot of their bed? Like my own musical version of “Where the Wild Things Are?” To many this might be strange but he and Zappa were just two guys who would say, “hey, go back to bed,” when they came into crash, or rub my wooly head of hair when they came into the house to see my dad – no more, no less, but certainly not rock stars.
    We need more mad creative types in this straight-laced world and he will be missed. There are artists who will not compromise with societal expectations, even to their own detriment, and he was one of those. I wonder how strong a personality, how strong a vision you must have never to give in, or give up but just to follow your own tune, and in his case, literally do so. RIP Trout Man.

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