My inbox most days contains links to newspaper and magazine articles referencing Beefheart. New bands love to drop the Beefheart name, music journalists likewise. I send about 99% of this stuff to trash.
What remains is some fun stuff, such as Liverpool band The Zutons who claimed to have named themselves after a Beefheart song. For the mp3 generation, who don’t read sleeve notes, that long lunar note was played by a Mr Zuton Rollo.
So when a musician with no need of fame by association places ‘Lick My Decals Off, Baby’ at the top of his list of favourite albums – as David Lowery of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven did last week in his local newspaper – I think it is worth reporting here.
And when Buck 65 and Tortoise go into a recording studio together with “almost no plan” about how to make a new album – and Buck tells one of his local papers, “About the only thing we did beforehand was listen to a bunch of Captain Beefheart records” – then I listen to 5 tracks from this album at Buck 65’s website. And I find myself doing so again and again. The CD, ‘Secret House Against The World’ was released this week and I bought it. I’ve a feeling that if you’re still reading this, you might like it too.