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Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band were an American band who created music that has occasionally been dubbed "-". Their music was characterized by bluesy melodies, shambolic instrumentation, idiosyncratic, unbound timings, the growls and shrieks of Beefheart's vocals and his surreal, poetic lyrics. Throughout their career, the band's musical direction was tightly controlled by Don Van Vliet (1941 - 2010), aka Captain Beefheart, who subjected the band to intense regimes of rehearsal; this tension combined with poor… read more

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  • I have still yet to hear a song as interesting as Sheriff Of Hong Kong. For real, if you listen to one Beefheart track that should be it.
  • I share a birthday with some pretty cool people (including Martin Luther King Jr.) but Don Van Vliet is the best of them.
  • Happy birthday Captain
  • Happy birthday, Don!
  • Clear Spot, The Spotlight Kid and Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) are among my favorites from the Captain. Everything he ever did besides Bluejeans & Moonbeams and Unconditionally Guaranteed was great.
  • My life ran through my veins whistlin' hollow, well
  • Dunno, lately Clear Spot's been growing on me. The second half of the album is just brilliant.
  • “Be kind, man – don’t be mankind.”
  • Yup. Albums like Lick My Decals Off, Baby, Ice Cream For Crow or Doc At The Radar Station are easily almost as good as Trout Mask if not just as good.
  • It's a shame the albums other than TMR and Safe as Milk aren't more popular.

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