The 50 most recent comments from across the Radar Station:

  • Runcton geezer on Brighton Dome 29th March, 1972 review by Benjamin HorrendousI was 16 and had never heard of the group before. Found it hard to appreciate the music as was expecting something more err… usual but loved the spectacle. Band had clearly just been shopping in London for capes and floral suits. Half a dozen hardcore fans dressed in monks...
  • Robert Johnson on Tulip by Don Van VlietIt could be a day, artistically crimped and buoyant in a taped together way…so Don Van Vliet…so Captain Beefheart…so beautiful…so beautifully said. A verse so essential to the man!
  • on Captain Beefheart’s 10 Commandments of Guitar PlayingWhat he said was that *too much* intellectualizing gets in the way of truly creative musicianship. That's why some of the greatest guitarists were self-taught or taught by people who never learned ANY of the formal "rules of music." Berklee College of Music graduates 400 guitarists each and every year;...
  • Richard A Roy on Richard HepnerGlenna Hepner I'm Richard Roy, Richard is my Uncle and one of the most talented Blues / Rock Players that I've had the pleasure to hear live. Please give me a call 619-371-3281
  • Steve on 1972 : KHSU live telephone interviewMaybe that tape will turn up one day ...
  • on 1972 : KHSU live telephone interviewI was on the staff of KHSU then, at the time student-run. The Magic Band were my next door neighbors in Arcata and they rehearsed with Don in a barn up in Moonstone. This was the Clear Spot era and they did some great shows at Winterland. Time passed and...
  • David Devalle on Elliot Ingber aka Winged Eel FingerlingI don’t think Eliot was on the first Little Feat album or Waiting for Columbus. He co-wrote songs on Captain Beefheart’s Bluejeans and Moonbeams.
  • danilo on A Beefheart Connection – SongsHello how are you? I have a band from Argentina that in 2012 we recorded a simultaneous EP and for the love that we have the captain in one of the songs we put '' well '' and a solo of the captain's sax that was from a session 'side...
  • on Yellow Brick Road lyrics[…] 5. Yellow Brick Road lyrics – Captain Beefheart Radar Station […]
  • on The Blimp (mousetrapreplica) lyricsShadrach, madrach...take your choice. I really wouldn't overthink this. I'm sure Don didn't.
  • on The Blimp (mousetrapreplica) lyricsShadrach, madrach...take your choice. I really wouldn't overthink this. I'm sure Don didn't.
  • B. Speeg on Captain Beefheart’s first TV broadcastsThank you, thank you for this breakdown of the beefheart event. I was at that show when Riddle got the heart smashed in his face. I was 18, a show guest. We wondered why the beefheart was in formadehyde in a glass container thing when we arrived. We'd forgotten the...
  • Carl Berger on Ralf Love Don : Galerie Michael Werner Exhibition 2021It was nice to be back after 36 years ( http://www.beefheart.com/don-van-vliet-at-galerie-michael-werner-on-5th-may-1985/ ) at the galerie where DVV was present in person for one of his first bigger exhibitions. Anton Corbijn himself signed the guestbook , he was there the day before. He was in town because he presented his book...
  • Steve on The sound of Safe As MilkThe Gold Rock LP is the standard stereo version and to my ears does sound slightly better than the UK stereo releases. Obviously not as good as the 1999 remaster.
  • Ian on The sound of Safe As MilkIs the German Gold Rocks LP RE1976 worth buying? Just wondering if anyone has this album and their thoughts on the quality. Thanks
  • Trinity Alps on The Blimp (mousetrapreplica) lyricsMaster, master
, this is recorded through a fly's ear 
and you have to have a fly's eye to see it
. It’s the thing that’s gonna make Captain Beefheart
 and his Magic Band fat. 
Frank, it’s the big hit
. It’s the blimp.
 It’s the blimp, Frank. 
It’s the blimp. When I...
  • on Art Tripp writes about DonTo me, Captain Beefheart and the various versions of the Magic Band __combined with his work as a painter is a far better model of what a person can be and do__ and what a group of imaginative people can do.... Don Van Vliet Captain Beefheart enshrines and embodies something...
  • STEVEN SCOTT GAYDICH on Jeff Cotton – ‘Elvirus’Wonderful thanks Jeff! Also Jeff thanks for turning me on to MU
  • on Click Clack lyricsnice music & song and lyrics yy
  • Steve on Ralf Love Don : Galerie Michael Werner Exhibition 2021Yes, you're quite right. I'd forgotten that was Penck's real name!
  • Rick Foot on Ralf Love Don : Galerie Michael Werner Exhibition 2021I think Ralf in this context is the German painter Ralf Winkler, who wrote enthusiastically about Van Vliet's paintings under the pseudonym A. R. Penck https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._R._Penck The gallery's blurb for the exhibition is framed by quotations from Ralf/Penck: https://www.michaelwernerkunsthandel.de/exhibitions/38042/ralf-love-don/about/
  • R walker on Poetry readings 1993Such an intelligent and artistic man. The world is a better place for his sacrifices and hard work in what he did. I’m glad it ended well for him.
  • Leona weiss on Elliot Ingber aka Winged Eel FingerlingTrying to reach Elliot...
  • thinman_yellow_travis on Moonlight On Vermont lyricsall time no.1
  • thinman_yellow_travis on Woe-Is-A-Me-Bop lyricAll of my chantin' is etched in this conjunctional bop so clearly.. Love it all components ever. I just wanna thank to my god. from South Korea.
  • on Orange Claw Hammer lyricsI wonder if Tom Waits was remembering this on "Shiver Me Timbers"
  • Richard on Message from Micheal SmothermanI never had anything against what some call the "Tragic Band" Growing up listening to CB & TMB, I always wondered what Don would sound like fronting a straight blues-rock band like Canned Heat or J. Geils Band. Well, the so called Tragic Band gave us the answer! I think...
  • Picofarad on The Beating Of An Ashtray Heart – Captain Beefheart Spills All by John PiccarellaHe has a beef in his heart against society.
  • bruce S kelso on Gary Marker on Strictly Personalthe tracks moonlight on vermont and vetrans day poppy were cut dec 68 at ttg studios. personal is don , john, gary alex and jeff. thses 2 tracks are on tmr. if kandy korn was re recorded its in the zappa tape libary sadley never to be heard or issued....
  • Simon Jennings on Warner Bros OuttakesI have this and can confirm the Spotlight Kid outtakes tracks are from the Hi-Watt bootleg (check the track order ,it's the same) , and not quite as good as the latest versions from 2009 .