Flashlite #105 – Tribute to Captain Beefheart

Captain BeefheartSad news came on December 17th this year. Don Van Vilet, better known as Captain Beefheart passed away after a long battle with various kinds of complications due to multiple sclerosis. This disease was also one of the reasons for his withdrawal from rock’n’roll scene and the whole world for the most part in the eighties. In those “retirement” days, he lived alone in a desert, mainly concentrating on painting. But before that, Captain redefined rock’n’roll, blues and avant-grade music the way nobody saw it coming. Recently, radio show Down on The Corner (Dole na uglu) pronounced Captain Beefheart as the greatest American blues rocker. You may think that this is an odd title in company of more conventional blues rockers that we know. But still – when you think about it harder, Beefheart took the good old blues format and stuck to it, but he also took it where the idiom never went before. And it will remain in that place. Bands like Endless Boogie, Black Keys, Dirtbombs, Mark Lanegan, Electric Six, Gori Usssi Winnetou… know where that place is and they call us from there every now and then. But now it’s time to say goodbye to Don Van Vilet, Captain, blues rocker, painter and magician…

Captain Beefheart – Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do;
Captain Beefheart – Zig Zag Wanderer;
Balancing Act – Zig Zag Wanderer;
The Roger Sisters – Zig Zag Wanderer;
Captain Beefheart – Dropout Boogie;
Captain Beefheart – Electricity;
Sonic Youth – Electricity;
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk;
Painted Willie – Clear Spot;
Mark Lanegan – Clear Spot;
Captain Beefheart – Clear Spot;
Captain Beefheart – Abba Zaba;
Captain Beefheart – Plastic Factory;
Blacktop – Here I am I Always am;
Captain Beefheart – Here I Am I Always Am;
Captain Beefheart – Obeah Man;
Captain Beefheart – The Buggy Boogie Woogie;
Captain Beefheart – I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby;
Captain Beefheart – Frownland;
Captain Beefheart – Moonlight on Vermont;
Captain Beefheart – Sugar ‘n Spikes;
Captain Beefheart – Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles;
The Black Keys – Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles;
Buckwheat Zydeco – Too Much Time;
Captain Beefheart – Too Much Time;
Captain Beefheart – You Know You’re a Man;
Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart – Debra Kadabra;
Captain Beefheart – Magic Be.

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