Born in Texas, James Inckanish Jr. recorded his first single in 1962. After he moved to California he teamed up with Roy Estrada in The Soul Giants which became the Mothers of Invention under Frank Zappa’s leadership and JCB found eternal fame as “the Indian of the group”. As Indian Ink he was a second drummer in the short-lived Magic Band Don put together for the Knebworth and Roxy shows in July 1975. He has never recorded with the Magic Band. In a June 2000 interview with Alan Clayson JCB said:- … in 1975, I did a tour with Captain Beefheart.The difference between his musicRead More →

Herb Bermann then and now

aka Herb Masters The search for the mystery co-songwriter from ‘Safe As Milk’ Of the 12 songs on the ‘Safe As Milk’ album 8 are co-credited to someone called Herb Bermann. Who was he? No-one at the time seemed to know, he wasn’t a member of the band, he didn’t co-write any songs on the following albums and he was never mentioned in interviews. Very strange. Some fans thought he may have been an anonymous staff-writer foisted on Beefheart to keep the lid on his eccentricity … or, maybe, he was a friend of the producer or an agent getting a cut of the royalties.Read More →

Track list: Coming Clean (Gary Lucas, vocal) And The Ass Saw The Angel (Nick Cave, vocal) Spider Web (David Johansen, vocal) Dulce (Elli Medeiros, vocal) Flavor Bud Living Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles (Captain Beefheart, vocal) In A Forest (Gary Lucas, vocal) Judgement (Eric Mingus, vocal) Judgement At Midnight Theme Oat Hate Follow (Richard Barone, vocal) Astro Boy (Peter Stampfel & Gary Lucas, vocal) Indian War Whoop She Was Showing Me (Mary Margaret O’Hara, vocal) Ted’s Theme Golgotha (featuring DJ Spooky) Breath Of Bones (with Gods and Monsters) Listen, You Who Dare / Improve The Shining Hour Album overview from Graham Johnston Gary LucasRead More →

Track list Hard Workin’ Man (Main Title) – Captain Beefheart Goodbye, So Long – Ike and Tina Turner Zeke, Jerry & Smokie – performer not listed Party – performer not listed Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin’ Wolf Easy Listening – performer not listed Coke Machine – performer not listed Quittin’ Time (Main Theme) – performer not listed Satin Sheets – Jeanne Pruett F.B.I. (Main Theme) – performer not listed Saturday Night Special – Lynyrd Skynyrd Blue Collar (Main Theme & End Title) – performer not listed Album overview from Graham Johnston The score was composed and conducted by Jack Nitzsche which is more than enough toRead More →

Track list Theme from Run Home Slow Original Duke of Prunes Opening Night Party at Studio Z The Village Inn Steal Away I Was A Teenage Malt Shop The Birth of Captain Beefheart Metal Man Has Won His Wings Power Trio Segment from The Saints ‘n Sinners Bossa Nova Pervertamento Exerpt from The Uncle Frankie Show Charva Speed-Freak Boogie Original Mothers at The Broadside Party Scene from Mundo Hollywood Original Mothers rehearsal How Could I Be Such A Fool Band Introductions at The Fillmore West Plastic People Original Mothers at The Filmore East Harry You’re A Beast Don Interrupts Piece One Jim / Roy PieceRead More →

Track list The Blackouts Lost In A Whirlpool Ronnie Sings? Kenny’s Booger Story Ronnie’s Booger Story Mount St. Mary’s Concert Excerpt Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance Tiger Roach Run Home Slow Theme Fountain Of Love Run Home Cues, #2 Any Way The Wind Blows Run Home Cues, #3 Charva The Dick Kunc Story Wedding Dress Song Handsome Cabin Boy Cops & Buns The Big Squeeze I’m A Band Leader Alley Cat The Grand Wazoo Wonderful Wino Kung Fu RNDZL Basement Music #1 Inca Roads Lil’ Clanton Shuffle I Don’t wanna Get Drafted Sharleena Catalogue number: RCD 40573 Label: Rycodisc Released: 1996 Album overviewRead More →

[alert_box type=”info”]This review was taken from the 1st March 1996 edition of The Guardian[/alert_box] Rating: **** Excellent DEAD rock star in interesting new recording shock! `This album is not available to the public,’ sneers a voice on Tiger Roach [Don Van Vliet’s voice]. `Even if it were, you wouldn’t want to listen to it.’ Unlike most of the other dead rock stars currently releasing new material, Zappa knew he was heading for his last encore and worked on this album of out-takes, studio tomfoolery and unreleased tracks in the years before he died in 1993. The result is a stimulating addition to the bulging FZRead More →

Rare Beefheart Vintage Zappa cover

Track list Beatle Bones & Smokin Stones Pt. 1 0’35 Beatle Bones & Smokin Stones Pt. 2 2’35 Trust Us (take 9) 7’20 Gimme Dat Harp Boy 3’25 Moody Liz (take 8) 4’31 How’s Your Bird? 2’10 The World’s Greatest Sinner 2’25 Everytime I See You 2’29 Dear Jeepers 2’26 Letter From Jeepers 2’20 Cradle Rock 2’52 Tracks 1-5 licensed from Kama Sutra Music Inc. and tracks 6-11 licensed from Del-Fi Records. (p)&(c)1991 Disky Communications B.V. Marketed and distributed in the Benelux by Disky Communications B.V.Hoorn. Cover Design: Van Dijken Enschede. From Pop Almanac Records of Holland(?) Album overview from Graham Johnston This album was splitRead More →

The Pittsburgh City Paper blog has a lovely item about some unusually literate graffiti: On a Liberty Avenue pole, near the Bloomfield Bridge, somebody has carefully pencilled the lyrics to Captain Beefheart’s “Orange Claw Hammer.” A tribute to the late musician? Or just bored waiting for the bus? Is it still there? If you’re in the vicinity please send us a snap. View Bloomfield Bridge in a larger mapRead More →

In early / mid 2000 John French called on Radar Station visitors for some help writing his book, Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic… From: John Mackenzie As a long-time Beefheart fan, I was fascinated to learn that YOU transcribed the ideas in Don Van Vliet’s head, and what he whistled or banged out on the piano or sung or whatever, into the music we hear on the records that were made. Please go into more and specific detail on this intimate musical relationship you had with the Captain. Since you were able to transpose his “conceptual” ideas into wonderful, beyond-compare music, have you foundRead More →

In early / mid 2000 John French called on Radar Station visitors for some help writing his book, Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic… From: 5th Procurator of Judea Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 10:13:44 -0400 Okay conspiracy theorists… There’s this part in “Moonlight On Vermont” (Trout Mask Replica) where Beefheart intones “Come out to show dem” repeatedly. Then there’s this early piece of music by the “minimalist” composer Steve Reich called “Come Out” where Reich loops a quote from someone (about being beaten) and then gradually delays a second channel of it causing a very strange effect. The quote which is sampled and thenRead More →

In early / mid 2000 John French called on Radar Station visitors for some help writing his book, Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic… From: Paul Lewis Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 4:55 PM Thank you for taking the time to field questions from readers of the Radar Station. I’m a big fan of your work and am hoping that you can shed some light on a few questions that I have. You have mentioned previously that you expected to be part of a blues band when you joined the Magic Band in the mid 60’s. What kept you going when the band started findingRead More →

In early / mid 2000 John French called on Radar Station visitors for some help writing his book, Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic… From: Ralf NygÂrd Sent: Monday, April 03, 2000 6:40 PM As far as I understand it, you saw some references to Vliet’s massive use of cocaine in the later years. I only saw fringes of Don’s cocaine use and never really saw much of a negative effect. However, one reliable anonymous source made it clear to me that there was in fact quite a problem with cocaine use in the later music years. Why did he start using it in theRead More →

In early / mid 2000 John French called on Radar Station visitors for some help writing his book, Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic… Name: John Wilby Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2000 11:58 AM Of all the numerous musicians who have cited Beefheart as an influence, who are the ones that band members feel have ‘got it right’? Unfortunately, I have to plead total ignorance here. I personally have to admit that I have no interest in reading rock articles, so I would even know how to begin to answer this. I don’t listen to music, generally and never have. Perhaps this is an areaRead More →