Captain Beefheart, R.I.P.

Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart

Don Van Vliet, the avant-garde singer/musician known as Captain Beefheart, has died in California at the age of 69.  Captain Beefheart – with and without his Magic Band – was a mainstay on the Warner-Reprise Loss Leader samplers, and it’s tough to pigeonhole his music.  Blues, rock, soul, country and some classical and jazz influences managed to seep into his work at various times, mostly at the same time.  It’s perhaps meaningful to note that Captain Beefheart was a frequent collaborator with Frank Zappa.  Captain Beefheart was one of a kind.

Captain Beefheart obituary on NPR

Top 14 Reasons Why Captain Beefheart Was A True American Genius, from L.A. Weekly

MP3: “Bat Chain Puller”

MP3: “Ella Guru”

MP3: “Tropical Hot Dog Night”

MP3: “Safe As Milk”

MP3: “Ashtray Heart”

MP3: “Debra Kadabra” (live)

MP3: “Hard Workin’ Man” (main title song from the movie Blue Collar)

MP3: “Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles” (from The Big Lebowski)

One Response to “Captain Beefheart, R.I.P.”

  1. Some artists can never be emulated and the Captain is one.



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