Found this on a Capt. Beefheart site where they explain why they covered Big Eyed Beans from Venus… Bizarrely named band with a (now very rare) four track release. Chris Ellis, who was in the band, contacted The Radar Station to tell us a bit about the band and their cover version:-)
The band lasted for about 2 years as an experimental project and was critcally acclaimed for the work we did! We were a three piece using a drummer when necessary. The guitarist was heavily influenced by Zoot Horn Rollo, myself by Owed T’Alex and Tropical Hot Dog Night and the singer by tales of Don Van being caught outside his studio recording a bush growing!
We chose the track because of the guitar lines and the pent up energy in the build, great to play live and wreck things!
We played live all over the UK and Europe supporting Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth etc who all love Beefheart ( to be honest it really is one of those if you can remember it you were not there situations).
The single was played on various radio shows, John Peel of course gave it a spin in the UK and on the World Service, and it was played thru Europe. It was played live at a Miners strike benefit gig where we baffled the audience!
Our whole show was recorded and broadcast live from Amsterdam Paradiso for VPRO radio in 1986 so a live version is in their archives and we did a thing in Hamburg but I have forgotten a lot.
Also the bassist Chris Ellis was a Huddersfield punk/new wave band called the Prisoners
Edited by djexplain on 14 Jun 2010, 21:09
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