Hot Dog Night


Song List

Side One

  1. Full Moon Hot Sun
  2. Sugar Bowl
  3. Crazy Little Thing
  4. This Is The Day

Side Two

  1. New Electric Ride
  2. Abba Zaba
  3. Peaches
  4. Direct News Interview

Side Three

  1. Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man
  2. Best Batch Yet
  3. Dirty Blue Gene
  4. Safe As Milk

Side Four

  1. Bat Chain Puller
  2. Big Eyed Beans Form [sic] Venus
  3. Tropical Hot Dog Night
  4. Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man

Radar Station Overview

A full colour glossy sleeve for this double vinyl release of the 1974 Drury Lane and 1980 Paris shows (both of which are incomplete) plus the addition of the Direct News interview. The name ‘Beefheart’ only appears quite discreetly at the bottom right corner.

The labels are quite basic being white with a bright green sticker on them. This does however indicate that the album is a limited edition of 500 (if you can believe what bootleggers say!)

Not sure what the cover’s about – a moody shot in muted browns and oranges across a lake with hills and a castle. The back cover does have a great photograph of Don almost certainly taken at the 1980 show. K. Acker is credited with the photos.


Thanks go to Stewart Morrison for letting us know that the castle pictured on the cover is of Scotland’s most photographed castle “Eilean Donan Castle” on Loch Duich in the north west highlands. It still doesn’t explain the Beefheart connection though, but here’s a another photo of it:



  • 198? French(?) vinyl on Coeurdeboef CM284

Help us

If anyone is able to complete or update any of the information above, then please do get in touch.


  1. I suppose that only 500 were made of the album version I own.My copies have a bright green sticker on them reading Don Van Vliet Paris 1980 111/500 and Don Van Vliet Dury Lane 1974 111/500.Nice site hope this info is helpful.

    1. Author

      I presume there are only 500. I have a similar bright green sticker, mine is numbered 172/500. I really should scan them and include on here.

  2. I have no green lables on mine. On side 2 and 4 it says No. 4/500. Looks like written with a pencil.
    Can someone please tell me wich band he is playing whit and where this is recorded?

    1. Author

      Sides 1 & 2 are from the show on 9 June 1974 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. The band were:

      Fuzzy Fuscaldo – guitar
      Ty Grimes – drums
      Dean Smith – guitar
      Michael ‘Bucky’ Smotherman – keyboards; vocals
      Del Simmons – saxophone; flute
      Paul Uhrig – bass

      Sides 3 & 4 were recorded at the Theatre De Empire in Paris from 7 November 1980, and the band were:

      Moris Tepper – guitar
      Rick Snyder – guitar
      Robert Wiliams – drums
      Eric Drew Feldman – bass, keyboards

  3. Can somebody please give an opinion about the sound quality of this LP?

    1. Author

      The Drury Lane recording is a decent quality although there’s some distortion on Don’s voice. A legit release of the full concert called London ’74 has been available in top quality stereo for several years. The 1980 Paris show is again not bad for a bootleg.

      My definition of what’s ‘good’ for a bootleg may differ from other people’s.

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