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Captain Beefheart, a.k.a. Don Van Vliet, dies at 69
Entertainment Weekly ^ | 12/17/10 | Simon Vozick-Levinson

Posted on 12/17/2010 2:40:07 PM PST by Borges

Avant-garde rock legend and visual artist Don Van Vliet, who performed under the name Captain Beefheart, passed away today at age 69. A representative of New York City’s Michael Werner Gallery, which hosted several shows of his paintings, confirms the sad news to EW. Van Vliet died of complications from multiple sclerosis at a hospital in Northern California this morning.


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1 posted on 12/17/2010 2:40:10 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

RIP. Troutmaskreplica was one of the masterpieces of sonic art.


2 posted on 12/17/2010 2:41:38 PM PST by P.O.E. (Compact Theory)
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; ├čudda├čudd; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; ..

Surprised to hear he was still around.


3 posted on 12/17/2010 2:42:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Borges

No doubt he and Frank and jamming together again.


4 posted on 12/17/2010 2:43:27 PM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: P.O.E.

5 posted on 12/17/2010 2:44:24 PM PST by P.O.E. (Compact Theory)
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To: discostu

Werne’t you a fan?


6 posted on 12/17/2010 2:46:50 PM PST by Borges
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To: a fool in paradise
RIP

Willie The Pimp

7 posted on 12/17/2010 2:48:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Borges

Farewell, to the Big Eyed Beans From Venus! A strange cat but hugely entertaining in his own weird way. RIP


8 posted on 12/17/2010 2:56:23 PM PST by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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Captain Beefheart~ Up On The My Oh My
9 posted on 12/17/2010 2:57:05 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

RIP Cap!
“The Blimp”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW3ZzsP3XPI


10 posted on 12/17/2010 2:59:49 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Borges

RIP.


11 posted on 12/17/2010 3:00:51 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I had forgotten about that one.

“It’s the Mother Ship! The Blimp! The Blimp!”


12 posted on 12/17/2010 3:04:24 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Borges

One of my first LP’s was Safe as Milk.

Never did understand it, but then I didn’t understand
Velvet Underground either.

I wonder if the LSD was a factor in his early demise?

RIP


13 posted on 12/17/2010 3:04:40 PM PST by rahbert
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To: Borges

He was much beloved in France, and I liked him, too.


14 posted on 12/17/2010 3:07:55 PM PST by Judges Gone Wild (Who are these uncircumcised to oppose the armies of the Living God?)
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To: Grizzled Bear

rock ping


15 posted on 12/17/2010 3:08:38 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Borges

Bummer!


16 posted on 12/17/2010 3:10:51 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Borges

I’m a Zappa guy, never really got into the Captain though I do like a couple of the FZ songs he sang on. Sad to see him go, thanks for the ping.


17 posted on 12/17/2010 3:15:55 PM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Borges

“opaque melodies that would bug most people”

Loved your music Captain.

RIP


18 posted on 12/17/2010 3:16:11 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Borges

Somewhat interesting that he passed less than a week before what would have been Frank’s 70th birthday...


19 posted on 12/17/2010 3:22:07 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Attn. GOP: Deliver the goods, or we'll do to you what we did to the Dems!)
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To: P.O.E.
RIP. Troutmaskreplica was one of the masterpieces of sonic art.

I agree. "Decals" was also outstanding in IMHO. I was fortunate to see Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band perform in NYC at the Anderson Theater on several occasions between 1970 - 1973. His performances were quite amazing - the music haunting, complex, atonal, years ahead of its time.

"A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous!"


20 posted on 12/17/2010 3:22:44 PM PST by Upstate NY Guy (Gen 15:16 The iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.)
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To: discostu

Muffin Man is a classic


21 posted on 12/17/2010 3:23:56 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Borges

Dang.


22 posted on 12/17/2010 3:26:19 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Yup, Willie the Pimp, and the original Torture Never Stops (not the version on Zoot Allures). Something about his voice setup Frank so well for those extra long solos.


23 posted on 12/17/2010 3:26:44 PM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Borges
One of my favorite artists! Sad news . . .

Hard Working Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgGvip-rxGE

24 posted on 12/17/2010 3:26:44 PM PST by BraveMan
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To: P.O.E.
I never listened to the Captain, but I just spent a few minutes on YouTube. Good stuff.

One of my favorite bands is Pere Ubu; David Thomas was obviously influenced by Captain Beefheart.

25 posted on 12/17/2010 3:28:40 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Got to see the Doc at the Radar Station incarnation of the Magic Band (1978-ish?). I crank up “Kandy Korn” on the stero every Halloween, much to my children’s dismay.

He always was ahead of his time (and still is).


26 posted on 12/17/2010 3:44:33 PM PST by P.O.E. (A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous. Got me?)
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To: rahbert

God,i hope not.


27 posted on 12/17/2010 3:46:29 PM PST by freedomtrail (The Fourth Seal has been opened. Three more to go.)
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To: Borges

I actually prefer Safe As Milk to Trout Mask Replica. More concise and focused.


28 posted on 12/17/2010 4:05:48 PM PST by wideawake
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To: P.O.E.

Excellent. It’s always a good idea to subject children and spouses to Beefheart at full blast. They will learn to fear you if nothing else!


29 posted on 12/17/2010 4:09:26 PM PST by Upstate NY Guy (Gen 15:16 The iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.)
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To: P.O.E.

Child Protective Services will be conducting a SWAT raid on you any day... ;)


30 posted on 12/17/2010 4:12:02 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: P.O.E.

RIP.

Abba Zaba.


31 posted on 12/17/2010 4:19:15 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: Borges; gortklattu; central scrutinizer; uglybiker; Feckless; Colosis; Eric in the Ozarks; ...
Calling the Zappa ping list - RIP Captain Beefheart.

(If anyone wants added to it, let me know.

32 posted on 12/17/2010 4:24:26 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Bullish
Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top
33 posted on 12/17/2010 4:38:31 PM PST by Gomez (shibboleet)
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To: Borges

Gwar seems to have had nore talent than this guy. Yes, I know EXACTLY what I am saying.


34 posted on 12/17/2010 4:39:25 PM PST by vladimir998 (The anti-Catholic will now evade or lie. Watch.)
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To: Slump Tester
damn... we're all gettin old RIP
35 posted on 12/17/2010 4:42:23 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GSWarrior

Pere Ubu is a freeking hoot!


36 posted on 12/17/2010 4:47:20 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Gomez
Poofters Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead
37 posted on 12/17/2010 4:50:34 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: NewRomeTacitus; cripplecreek; creeping death; JeffreyH; RandallFlagg; cschroe; rollo tomasi; ...

Thank you Captain Beyond - Metal Ping!


38 posted on 12/17/2010 4:56:29 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Terabitten; GlockThe Vote; notatard?; Rainbow Rising; garandgal; KoRn; mitch5501; Betis70; ...

Thank you Captain Beyond - Metal Ping!


39 posted on 12/17/2010 4:56:29 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: rahbert
unless he was trippin at the time, i doubt it...
40 posted on 12/17/2010 5:00:42 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Grizzled Bear

Listened to some of his stuff years ago. I tried to get into it, but I couldn’t. Nevertheless, a lot of people could. RIP.


41 posted on 12/17/2010 5:01:40 PM PST by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: mylife

Bongo Fury is one of my all time favorite albums.


42 posted on 12/17/2010 5:05:48 PM PST by Gomez (shibboleet)
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To: rahbert
I wonder if the LSD was a factor in his early demise?

RIP

He'd suffered with MS for a good many years, though it was easy to assume various things since he almost never gave interviews after he gave up the Magic Band and music.

He came out of the blues and he never really abandoned the sensibilities of the blues even at his most extreme. I still enjoy Safe as Milk and, when it came out unbastardised, The Mirror Man Sessions. I remember some critics saying Lick My Decals Off, Baby was what Trout Mask Replica would have been with a little more judicious editing, and I could understand that. I wonder, though, what it would have been without the extremes to which Van Vliet is said to have subjected his musicians during the making of Trout Mask.

A singular character. A singular music theoretician. And there's probably more than one way to define "singular" in his case. May he rest in peace, and may he find favour with the bluesmen he loved, who preceded him, when they greet him.

43 posted on 12/17/2010 5:26:50 PM PST by BluesDuke (Another brief interlude from the small apartment halfway up in the middle of nowhere in particular)
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To: BluesDuke

LOL - I wonder how many folks here know where his name came from?


44 posted on 12/17/2010 5:47:38 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester
LOL - I wonder how many folks here know where his name came from?
I do, I think, but I'm not quite so sure it's appropos for a family forum. ;)
45 posted on 12/17/2010 5:55:14 PM PST by BluesDuke (Another brief interlude from the small apartment halfway up in the middle of nowhere in particular)
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To: Borges

Sad to hear this! I love “Veteran’s Day Poppy.” I saw the Captain live at Detroit’s Punch and Judy Theater back around 1980 or 81. Sat right in front row. Pretty amazing!


46 posted on 12/17/2010 6:16:22 PM PST by sand lake bar
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To: Borges

The Captain and Frank grew up together in Lancaster - used to cruise for babes together ...


47 posted on 12/17/2010 6:36:21 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...</i><p>)
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To: P.O.E.

“He always was ahead of his time (and still is).”

Amen. RIP Captain Beefheart.


48 posted on 12/17/2010 7:09:20 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Borges
And now, Meatloaf remains as the only living rockstar named after edible flesh.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

49 posted on 12/17/2010 7:19:08 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

Troutmaskreplica amazing stuff..Oh NOOO this is sad news.
Thanks for the craziness capt’n


50 posted on 12/17/2010 7:24:45 PM PST by sonic109
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