Eugene Chadbourne & Jimmy Carl Black perform versions of Captain Beefheart songs



Song list

  1. Buggie Boogie Woogie
  2. Willie The Pimp
  3. Drop-out Boogie
  4. Sure ’nuff ‘n’ Yes I Do
  5. Clear Spot
  6. Steal Softly Through Sunshine Steal Softly Through Snowdrop (Excerpt from “Insect And Western” by EC)
  7. The Past Sure Is Tense
  8. Veteran’s Day Poppy (Including “Ponca War Song” trad. arranged by EC and several themes by Thelonious Monk)
  9. Chasin’ The Captain Jack (by EC) Based on a Kiowa Sioux lullaby (I’m Gonna Booglarize You, Baby)
  10. Pachuco Cadaver [This is actually split into 2 tracks on the CD] (Including La Rosa by EC)
  11. The Dust Blows Forward And The Dust Blows Back


Album overview

James Silberbauer:

It may not be every Beefheart fan’s cup of tea, but they have covered the songs without copying them while still respecting the originals. For example, the version of “The Dust Blows Forward…” has been re-interpreted in much the same way as Beefheart & Zappa treat “Orange Claw Hammer” on “Grow Fins”, with JCB drumming on Cassette Shipping Box and EC on Banjo & Voice.

I love this album. I’ll always prefer the originals (of course, of course), but this is good stuff too.



  • EC: Guitar, Banjo, Voice
  • JCB: Drums, Voice


  • EC: Bass Banjo, Prepared Piano, Saxophones, Turntables, Drums
  • JCB: Cassette Shipping Box
  • Brian Ritchie: Didjiridoo
  • Leslie Ross: Bassoons
  • Ashwin Batish: Sitar
  • Chris Turner: Harmonicas
  • Molly Chadbourne: Vocal
  • Rik Rue: Tapes
  • Ricardo Shields: Guitar, Baroque Flute
  • Pablo de la Rosa: Transverse Flute


  • 1995 FIREANT FACD1007

Further info

  • Email: Snail-mail:
    Fire Ant, 2009 Ashland Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
  • Catalogue of Eugene Chadbourne’s work can be found here

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