On 27 January 1968 Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band performed on the beach at Cannes, France, in front of the Martinez Hotel. They were in Cannes to perform at the MIDEM music festival. It was filmed for the French TV show Bouton Rouge.
The videos of Electricity and Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do are a fantastic document of a tight band on the rise:
(Note: this film of Sure Nuff is in black and white – not sure why – but good quality as it’s been uploaded by Ina.fr who own the original footage. Sadly they haven’t made Electricity available.)
This video of Electricity is in colour but not the best quality:
Theses videos can be found on the enhanced disc included with Grow Fins (Rarities 1965-1982)
- Jeff Cotton
- Jerry Handley
- Don Van Vliet
- John French
- Alex St. Clair Snouffer
The above photo was taken by photographer Herman Selleslags.
Other shots were features on the 1970 French reissue of Safe As Milk and a 10″ repackaging of Safe As Milk and Mirror Man called Music In Sea Minor: