“He was born in the Desert, became the Zig Zag Child, sold out on the My-O-My, returned with a vengeance as a Hot Head Jazz Punk and now is the Old Fart. Yes, he’s big, he’s bad, he’s beautiful …. he’s Beefheart!! … but sadly he’s not back so how can we have a Fanzine? Pass. SSTS will now skilfully avoid the problem, in this and possibly all future issues, by just dealing with Beefheart’s worldwide memorabilia.”

The above foreword appeared on the first page of every issue.

A closer look at all the issues

Issue #8: Love Over Gold

Published January 2000
60 pages
Compiled & edited by Paul

  • Full information about Grow Fins and the Buddha reissues of Safe As Milk and The Mirror Man Sessions.
  • Pete Mulvey’s interviews with those at Virgin responsible for UG & BJ&MB.
  • Tour reviews from the era.
  • Full discography for all releases of UG & BJ&MB.
  • Bill Gibbons interview with Don Van Vliet from 1974.
  • Steve Froy’s round-up of Beefheart-related activity on the Internet.
  • Four new bootleg reviews.
  • News about WC Bamberger’s Riding Some Kind Of Unusual Skull Sleigh book and Irwin Chusid’s Songs In The Key Of Z.
  • An interview with Don Aldridge (Magic Band associate in the early days) by Steve Froy.
  • 1974 chronology.
  • News of all the recent and forthcoming vinyl re-issues.
  • + many other tidbits of gossip, news, sightings, releases, etc etc.

Issue #7: Singing for Women

Published November 1998
72 pages
compiled & edited by Paul

  • Clear Spot discography and working chronology
  • Where’s the beef / outtakes
  • The tenderised Beefheart of Clear Spot (Circular 1972/11)
  • Clear Spot promo booket
  • Golden Birdies cartoon
  • Clear Spot by Pete Mulvey
  • CD box set from Revenant
  • John French – solo concert and drum clinic May 1996
  • John French – Drumbo’s new soloCD
  • 1972 french Clear Spot original lp
  • Record Collector “Beef art” special
  • Bill Harkleroad’s Lunar Notes book
  • BBC’s “The Artist formerly known as” documentary

Issue #6: Blowin’ the Stacks

Published April 1996

  • Tribute to the late Gerry Pratt
  • Discography and chronology for the Spotlight Kid album
  • Pete Mulvey’s trawl through the Spotlight Kid outtakes and listing of unreleased studio sessions
  • Interview with Rick Snyder by homepagereplica’s Justin Sherrill
  • Text of 1983 Vanity Fair interview with Don
  • A personal view of Spotlight Kid by Steve Froy
  • Theo Tieman’s translation of the interview with Don by Dutch magazine Aloha in 1972
  • Assorted bootleg cd reviews and other latest releases
  • Anton Corbijn’s Some Yo Yo Stuff video

Issue #5: Marimba Magic

Published March 1995
72 pages
Compiled & edited by Gerry

  • Discography and chronology for Lick My Decals Off Baby album
  • 1971 piece by Ben Edmonds from Circus magazine
  • Decals 16 track tape recording sheets sent by Henry Kaiser
  • Text from Warner Bros newsletter, Circular, giving details on the Decals TV commercial
  • Report on the Stand Up To Be Discontinued exhibition in Brighton
  • Bumper set of pages of What’s shaking in Vlietland
  • Reviews of various bootleg cd releases
  • Special insert with Beefheart crossword

Issue #4: Old Fart At Play

Published September 1994
72 pages
Compiled & edited by Gerry

  • Trout Mask Replica discography and chronology
  • Frank Zappa on Trout Mask Replica in ’69
  • Henry Kaiser on Trout Mask Replica
  • Hot Rats discography
  • An old fart at play” – Paul S. Brown on Beefheart on film
  • Mallard bootleg
  • Lost episodes of the Trout Mask Rehearsals by Colin Webb
  • 1970 French Pachuco Cadaver / Wild Live 7″ single
  • Letter from John French about Mojo #2 article
  • Trout Mask Replica – The Captain must be mad (Zigzag magazine)
  • More roots of Captain Beefheart
  • The “Trout” team
  • Fred Frith on ‘Dali’s Car’
  • The 2 Trout Mask Replica photo shoots
  • Amougies Festival, Oct ’69 (interview with Frank Zappa)
  • “It’s the blimp, it’s the blimp” (Zappa interview from Guitar Player ’93)
  • Meatball Fulton interview, July 1969
  • Bill Harkleroad telephone interview by John Ellis, January 1994
  • John Peel in conversation with Rhodri Marsden, early ’92
  • Friends magazine article, December 1969

Issue #3: Plain Brown Wrapper

Published March 1994
56 pages
Compiled & edited by Gerry

  • Beefheart at the Beeb – the 1968 BBC Beefheart recordings
  • Sgt. Beefheart’s Lonely Personals Band by John Ellis
  • Refusal of leave to land report – 24 Jan 1968
  • Autumn ’67 to ’68 discography
  • The Strictly Machinations by Colin Webb
  • Stand up to be discontinued
  • Strictly Personal: meet the band
  • Gig reviews
  • Captain Beefheart – the May 1968 tour by Jean Scrivener

Issue #2: Delta Fusion

Published September 1993
56 pages
Compiled & edited by Gerry

  • John Peel in conversation with Rhodri Marsden, early ’92
  • Safe as Milk discography
  • The Rising Sons
  • Ry Cooder interviews ’70/71, ’76, ’83 and ’92
  • Captain Beefheart – Safe as Milk” by Colin Webb
  • The 1966 10 page Great Gnome biography
  • The two-year-shift problem
  • Chronology up to November ’67
  • The roots of Captain Beefheart?” by Stuart Troutman

Issue #1: A&M Days

Published March 1993
28 pages
Compiled & edited by Gerry

  • A&M discography
  • John Peel
  • Avalon ’66 bootleg
  • UK news
  • Captain Beefheart – A&M by Colin Webb
  • The 1984 A&M press kit

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