A beat by beat dissection of this song from Lick My Decals Off Baby.
For the past few years musician Tony Malone and his Beefheart Project Toronto have been working on covers of many of Don’s songs from across all his albums. Their intention was to be respectful to the originals as possible but present them in a different way. To understand how to play the songs Tony had to deconstruct them by stripping them down to each beat, riff and rhythm. The band then learned their parts and reconstructed the song.
To give an idea of the work involved in the original composition of the songs and how they were sculpted out of the many bits that Don threw at his arrangers, either John French or Bill Harkleroad, Tony decided to put together a film to show how one song was dissected and laid out on a grid. The song he chose was Doctor Dark.
Watch the film and be amazed …