08 June 2010

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band 'Zig Zag Wanderer'

This blast of jagged blues sums up Captain Beefheart's idiosyncratic nature quite neatly, and no doubt there's more than a little of the artist in this song's protagonist. The Captain AKA Don Glen Vliet made some absurd claims during his lifetime such as remembering being born, allegedly refusing to talk till he was two years old and having lectured at the Barnsdale Institute of Art, Los Angeles at the age of eleven. 'Safe As Milk' is a bit easier to digest than Beefheart's later excursions into the avant-garde such as 'Trout Mask Replica' and provides a good starting point in getting to know this eccentric performer.

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