OT: RIP Captain Beefheart

Donz, did Captain beefheart ever make an appearance on the old old show?

He wasn't everyone's taste by any means, but he was certainly an
innovator. If you dare, go download "Trout Mask Replica." It'll
certainly shake up yer idea of music.


SAN FRANCISCO ? Musician and artist Don Van Vliet, who performed a
complex brand of experimental rock under the name Captain Beefheart,
died Friday. He was 69.

The Michael Werner Gallery in New York confirmed Van Vliet's death in
California due to complications stemming from multiple sclerosis. The
gallery exhibits his paintings.

Van Vliet was probably best known for the album "Trout Mask Replica,"
which was released in 1969 by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band.
The album's angular, dissonant take on blues rock and Van Vliet's
growling, surreal lyrics put him outside the mainstream, but staked his
place in rock history.

Rolling Stone magazine recently ranked "Trout Mask Replica" number 58 on
its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was produced
by fellow experimental rock pioneer Frank Zappa, a high school friend
from the desert town of Lancaster, Calif.

"Record producers have always been certain that Don Vliet was just a
hype away from the big money," according to a 1970 profile in Rolling
Stone. "But Beefheart stubbornly continues what he's doing and waits
patiently for everyone else to come around."

By shunning commercial success and a more accessible sound, Van Vliet
became a role model for subsequent generations of musicians. His music
is cited as an influence on the rise of punk, post-punk and new wave.
Beefheart is also claimed as a kindred spirit by free jazz musicians and
avant-garde classical composers.

In the 1980s, Van Vliet turned full-time to art. He painted in a raw,
expressionistic style and showed his acclaimed work widely even as he
withdrew from the public eye.

He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years.