The 50 most recent comments from across the Radar Station:

  • Jim on Electricity 1967 – 1968Gonzo - Fucking over dead people - It's a special kind of music biz necrophilia that they practise.
  • Factory No Place on Some YoYo Stuff by Anton CorbijnBig fan of both Beefheart and Anton Corbijn (since the Headhunter video). Shall I tell you what Don had? He wasn't contrived in being weird, he was just weird, a stray from convention, jibing of it all, lying through his arse in mockery of it all. This is why he...
  • on Live in Kansas City 1974Thx for the entry here. This is indispensable Tragic Band. There used to be a couple uploads of this on YouTube which may have since disappeared. Wtvr, I'll get a gd copy and post it myself under Fair Use provisions w/ publishing attribution considering it's not an 'official release'. :...
  • Dennis on 1958 Graduation photoThanks! I really liked listening to his music, The Grand Whazoo in particular!
  • on New Beef Dreams! by Orange Claw HammerOCH are great musicians. Recording sounds good. Very well played. Great tight interpretations of Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band tunes. Well worth adding to your collection.
  • Steve on Trout House up for saleDon't know. Hopefully someone who doesn't mind fans standing in front of it and taking photos!
  • nick on Trout House up for salewho bought it eventually?
  • JP on 1981 : Steen Rasmussen after Reseda showIt would have been interesting to hear Beefheart play with a viola.
  • Jez Howarth on Magic Band reunion – Shepherds Bush Empire 07.04.2003 set listI was there with my older brother who introduced me to the good captain in around 1980 - it was a fantastic night, & I thought Drumbo did an amazing job - we went again to see them in Brighton - I helped crowdfund the DVD...or was it the CD?...
  • Mario Martinez on Further Than We’ve Gone lyricsEs de esas canciones cuya interpretación la sientes con toda la fuerza de un corazón enamorado. Excelente Capitán Beeefheart
  • Steve on Stand Up To Be Discontinued. Die Malerei von Don van Vliet / The Art of Don van VlietDas Buch war eine limitierte Auflage. Es war sehr schnell ausverkauft. Kopien erscheinen manchmal bei eBay oder Abebooks, sind aber sehr teuer. [The book was a limited edition. It sold out very quickly. Copies sometimes appear on ebay or Abebooks but are very expensive.]
  • cameron on Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar PlayingHi, I'm looking for the photo of a Sketch of the 10 commandments, possibly original piece of paper he did. Been looking on the internet for a very long time now, no dice sadly. If you can post it here / send it to me, that'd be awesome :D
  • John Fresk on Flyer for 1971 Austin Texas showsI was also at that concert with all of my fellow North Texas State University jazz students, many of whom went on to play in the Saturday Night Live band, in New York as session players, etcetera. We LOVED Beefheart. He was a revelation for us. I also enjoyed Ry,...
  • Thomas Nebbe on Stand Up To Be Discontinued. Die Malerei von Don van Vliet / The Art of Don van VlietHallo, Bin auch sehr an der Don van Vliet deluxe Edition mit Original Ätzung interessiert. Ist es seiner Zeit zum Deal gekommen oder besteht das Angebot noch? Sehr interessiert! Thomas Nebbe 01786127610 Köln
  • Jeffery Hoelscher on Review: Captain Beefheart – Rarest Previously Unreleased VinylI bought a few Ozit (et al) releases (not having read these helpful reviews) before realizing that they seem to put a great deal of time and care into making them sound as shitty as possible. I'd like to think the entire label(s) is an extended and expensive prank. Surely,...
  • Ronnie Childs on 1969 Captain Beefheart’s wedding by Mike BugbeeThis has nothing to do with the article, but it's my only Beefheart moment, other than shows. In about '74, I went early in the afternoon to get tickets to a show at a small theater in DC. They had just finished the sound check, and I went in and...
  • Galeans on Drink Paint Run Run lyricsPlease note that, although lyrically this is a precursor of "Run Paint Run Run" and has one of the riffs of that song, musically this is a prototype of the title track of "Ice Cream for Crow".
  • bruce kelso on Don and Vic Mortensengreat photo. wonder what happened to him. heard he was drafted but.....
  • on Ice Cream for Crow lyrics[…] to the point: In  Ice Cream for Crow Van Vliet (to my mind at least) draws attention to the limitations of binary thinking – that […]
  • Jim Madge on John French’s tribute to Don Van VlietWhen I was just 18 (in 1968) I heard Strictly Personal on the John Peel programme and became enchanted by this extraordinary music, quite unlike anything I had heard before. A year later there came one of the most thrilling records of all time: Trout Mask Replica. I still listen...
  • David Breuer on Don – 10 years gonePleased you got to the show. It was a complicated project but an absolute pleasure to make happen
  • on John French’s tribute to Don Van VlietThank you for sharing this, Uncle John. It allowed me travel back in time to glimpse the enigmatic relationship that you shared with Don. As I read it, I had the sense that he felt a sense of wonder about your talents and the enormity of all that you brought...
  • Steve on Don – 10 years goneHi David, thanks for the link. I recognised your name from the BBC documentary about Don's art show in Brighton. I managed to get to see that show. It was good to see his work up close to get a feel of the thickness of the paint and the sheer...
  • Eddy Coulson on Don – 10 years goneThis century has been an incredible eye opener for me. I hadn't appreciated the massive amount of effort John French applied to the creation of the music. His continued attempts to recreate it, at first with original members. Then, as illness, possible arguments, other projects and separate careers led to...
  • Ian on Don – 10 years goneBless you Don wherever you may be. Never forgotten 🎶❤️
  • David Breuer on Don – 10 years goneyou might be interested in this article just posted. Best David Breuer https://quillette.com/2020/12/17/wide-as-the-sky-and-deep-as-the-ocean/
  • Steve on Herb BermannHi Daniel, yes you're right there should be a link to the 'Connections' page. This was one of the many pages that were never transferred across when the design of the site was changed. I have been working on reinstating these 'lost'pages and that particular one should reappear in the...
  • Daniel Smallwood on Herb BermannLove the site; very interesting page, just one thing, the paragraph referring to 'Can Fever' and 'Bone Crazy' suggests there should be a link somewhere in it, but I'm not detecting one.....
  • Steve on Fur On The Trellis and Just Up Into The AirNo, sorry, there are very few prints available of Don's work. There are probably about three works that are available as cheap prints but they are difficult to find these days.
  • Dave Baker on “Bong? Oh, Fury!” by Dennis AllenVan Vliet lived on Carolside, which was close to our house on 2nd Street East. I don't remember meeting him, but I did hear their band practicing while I was walking home from school (Joshua). They sounded terrible, but then most bands just starting out need time to tighten up....