Captain Beefheart

(Don Van Vliet)

Captain Beefheart
Captain Beefheart
  • Born: January 15, 1941
  • Died: December 17, 2010
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Painter, Poet, Composer, Author, Record Producer, Film Director









Don Van Vliet, best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist. Sometimes collaborating with his teenage friend Frank Zappa, Van Vliet's musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band, with whom he recorded 13 studio albums between 1964 and 1982. His music blended elements of blues, free jazz, rock, and avant-garde composition with idiosyncratic rhythms, surrealist wordplay, and his wide vocal range, commonly reported as five octaves. Known for his enigmatic persona, Beefheart frequently constructed myths about his life and was known to exercise an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians.

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An audience can really lift you right up off the stage.
Bob Dylan impresses me about as much as... well, I was gonna say a slug but I like slugs.
But I have been in some very beautiful churches, then I've looked outside and seen people starving to death. Death
I don't do lullabyes.
I don't even know what sound is, much less what it's for. It isn't to make money that's for sure. I've never made any. Money, Coins & Minting
I don't know anything about music. Music, Chants & Rapps
I don't like getting out when I could be painting. And when I'm painting, I don't want anybody else around.
I don't look like a desert person because I stay indoors most of the day and fool around at night. That's what the desert animals do - they don't have a tan either.
I don't think artists are made, I think they're born.
I have no neighbours other than animals and Joshua Trees.
I live in a Mobile Home - I've never had a house, except once; I rented a log cabin.
I needed to purge myself of all the attention my parents had given me - I wasn't neglected enough as a child.
I think most people try to get others to see through their eyes.
I think Shakespeare is really the one. Words as music and music as words. Everything he wrote was good, which is really frightening. Music, Chants & Rapps
I would never kill a living thing, although I probably have inadvertently while driving automobiles.
I'd never just want to do what everybody else did. I'd be contributing to the sameness of everything.
I'd rather play a tune on a horn, but I've always felt that I didn't want to train myself. Because when you get a train, you've got to have an engine and a caboose. I think it's better to train the caboose. You train yourself, you strain yourself.
If you want to be a different fish, jump out of school.
I'm interested in playing, not working.
James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he's good with lower mathematics. Don't get me wrong - he's good.
Johnny Rotten. He's a big fan of mine. I used to see him out in the audience in England and he'd stand up and holler. He's funny. Smart too, and a nice guy. Don't think he's a jerk because he isn't. Humor
Man has done a lot to make himself dangerous and animals get the worst of all of it. But then, man too is an animal.
Most of modern rock and roll is a product of guilt.
That Sid Vicious was obviously a schizophrenic, kind of a mean one too.
The stars are matter, we're matter, but it doesn't matter.
The wind is a very difficult sound to get. It's always changing.
We see the moon, don't we? So it's our eye. Animals see us, don't they? So we're their animals.
We're all colored, or you wouldn't be able to see anyone.
When I see a dolphin, I know it's just as smart as I am. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
With my voice and my band, I can do anything.
You can almost judge how screwed up somebody is by the kind of toilet paper they use. Go in any rich house and it's some weird coloured embossed stuff.
You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.