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.
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.
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:
- the songs you choose have to come from the current Magic Band repertoire (see list below)
- you have to send your list to me – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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:
Alice In Blunderland
Big Eyed Beans from Venus
Diddy Wah Diddy
Floppy Boot Stomp
Her Eyes are a Blue Million Miles
Low Yo Yo Stuff
Moonlight on Vermont
My Human Gets Me Blues
Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man
One Red Rose That I Mean
Smithsonian Institute Blues
Steal Softly Thru Snow
Sun Zoom Spark
Sure Nuff and Yes I Do
When It Blows It Stacks
Yellow Brick Road