The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #665

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band


Timmy said...

Saw Drumbo perform earlier this year at a benefit show, said it was his final concert. The Ol' Cap'n is still breathing, by last report. A fantastic Blues man. A tremendous Rock band. Will never get the accolades he desrves.

Dr. Cynicism said...

This looks like a cult.

estiv said...

This looks like a cult.

According to some of the stuff that's come out in recent years, they sort of were. Reportedly the Captain would have hour-long sessions in which the others would listen while he held forth on Important Matters, and would sometimes target individual band members for sustained verbal abuse. Not exactly peace and love.

Professor Batty said...

Saw the Captain and the Magic Band perform the entire "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" album. I've never seen anything like it since. Astounding.

Kyle said...

I'm 23 and just discovering the joy of Beefheart.

"If you wanna be a different fish, ya jump outta the school."

Vanwall said...

Woman Like Long Neck Bottles.