Captain Beefheart

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Captain Beefheart, stage name of Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941December 17, 2010) was an American musician and painter.

"A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous. Got me?"
"Don't you think that somebody like Stravinsky, for instance, don't you think that it would have annoyed him if someone bent a note the wrong way?"

Quotes[edit]

Trout Mask Replica (1969)[edit]

  • A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous. Got me?
    • Pachuco Cadaver
  • That's right, The Mascara Snake. Fast and bulbous! Also, a tin teardrop!
  • Bulbous, also tapered.
    • Pena, spoken by Van Vliet and Victor Hayden (Mascara Snake)
  • Pena
    Her litle head clinking
    Like a barrel of red velvet balls
    Full past noise
    Treats filled her eyes
    Turning them yellow like enamel coated tacks
    Soft like butter hard not to pour
    • Pena, sung by Jeff Cotton, better known as Antennae Jimmy Semens
  • You look dandy in the sky but you don’t scare me
    Cause I got you here in my eye
    In this lifetime you got my human gets me blues
    • My Human Gets Me Blues

Late Night with David Letterman (1982)[edit]

Don Van Vliet: "Ice Cream For Crow".
David Letterman: Yeah. What does that mean exactly, that title?
Don Van Vliet: It has a lot to do with Reagan. I mean, he saddle-soaps his hair and tosses jelly beans through rope tricks. He's a bad actor. [laughter]

The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart (1997)[edit]

Radio interview extracted for the documentary The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart, BBC (1997) - YouTube video
  • "I've written every drum bit I ever done, every note. I played the drums. I played the guitar. I played the piano. I wanted it exactly the way I wanted. Exactly. Any composer I would think would want it that way, and I don't deviate at all. Don't you think that somebody like Stravinsky, for instance, don't you think that it would have annoyed him if someone bent a note the wrong way?"
    • On Trout Mask Replica

Quotes about Beefheart (Van Vliet)[edit]

External links[edit]

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