[alert_box type=”info”]This review for the Zappa / Mothers / Beefheart collaboration originally appeared in the January 1976 edition of Creem.[/alert_box] A classic Cal Schenkel cover surrounds one of the most listenable Zappa / Mothers records since the old days, but anyone coming to this set to hear Beefheart will be semi-disappointed. Semi because he does a lot of singing on Bongo Fury, but what he’s singing are the same old Zappa lyrics, which deal with the same old Zappa hang-ups. It’s a strange experience to listen to the album’s first cut, “Debra Kadabra,” and hear Beefheart singing like Beefheart, but realize a little way intoRead More →

[alert_box type=”info”]This article is one of four reviews of Lick My Decals Off, Baby (Straight 6240) originally published in the 10th December, 1970 edition of Rolling Stone. This review was kindly sent to me by Jim Flannery.[/alert_box] When I first heard Trout Mask Replica, I about puked. What is this shit, I thought. People I met talked about it in glowing terms — not just anybody, mind you, but people I genuinely respected when it came to their musical tastes. Well, I figured, everybody has their own little watchimacallits. And then came Lick My Decals Off, Baby. Its reputation preceded it, and a preview ofRead More →