To celebrate the launch of the new improved Radar Station I have a couple of interviews to share with you all – one is from one of the newest Magic Band members, the other is with one of the original founder members.

Eric Klerks Leeds 2011. Photograph copyright Chris Goodwin. Used with permission

Eric Klerks Leeds 2011. Photograph copyright Chris Goodwin. Used with permission

First up here is an interview I did with Eric Klerks at the end of 2012. Eric gives up a bit of background about himself, how he came to be in the band and what he thinks about listening to and playing Beefheart’s music.

Read the interview with Eric

I was particularly interested in some of Eric’s explanations of the Magic Band music in technical terms (although I don’t really know much about musical theory!). However I thought it would be of interest to fans if he would be willing to expand on that a bit more … maybe picking specific songs and looking at them in detail. I’m pleased to say that he’s agreed to do this for us.

Rather than him or me picking songs to look at we decided we’d ask Radar Station readers to suggest their top three songs (yes, sorry just three … for now!). We’d then pick the most popular from those. There are two restrictions:

  1. the songs you choose have to come from the current Magic Band repertoire (see list below)
  2. you have to send your list to me – – with the subject line ‘Eric Klerks List’ by 16 February 2013.

As soon as Eric finishes his pieces we’ll get them published here on the Radar Station.

Here are the songs you can choose from:

Abba Zaba
Alice In Blunderland
Big Eyed Beans from Venus
Clear Spot
Click Clack
Diddy Wah Diddy
Dropout Boogie
Floppy Boot Stomp
Grow Fins
Hair Pie
Her Eyes are a Blue Million Miles
Kandy Korn
Low Yo Yo Stuff
Mirror Man
Moonlight on Vermont
My Human Gets Me Blues
Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man
On Tomorrow
One Red Rose That I Mean
Owed T’Alex
Plastic Factory
Smithsonian Institute Blues
Steal Softly Thru Snow
Suction Prints
Sun Zoom Spark
Sure Nuff and Yes I Do
When It Blows It Stacks
Yellow Brick Road


  1. Sen says:


    I just found this page, seemed to have missed the deadline for the vote by a mile !

    still look forward to the results


  2. Rupert Cocking says:

    So when can we expect the interview with band member #2?

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