1941 - 2010 | DON VAN VLIET A.K.A. CAPTAIN BEEFHEART | STYLE INTO REBELLION

If I haven’t mentioned it before - Don loves shoes and used to say he had a “shoe fetish.” In fact, he could be have been christened the “Imelda Marcos of avant-garde rock.” I am sure that he had dozens of pairs of shoes even then and they were all in pristine condition, as he was quite careful with them. Now he had a pair with sticky icing all over them. It must have taken a great deal of anger to overcome his obsession with immaculate shoes.

John Drumbo French
Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic
2010, Proper Music Publishing Limted


Don Van Vliet A.K.A. Captain Beefheart
January 15, 1941 - December 17, 2010
Melody Maker 1989


"I'd always thought music was too formal, and I thought 'well, I'll get into this and fix it'."
Captain Beefheart, 1973 Oui Magazine


1967 | Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
LtoR: Jerry Handley, Don, John French, Alex Snouffer
Safe As Milk era | Photograph by Guy Webster
Source: Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic

There was at least one more major song that never was recorded. I think it deserves mention. It was called Cobbler With Patent Leather Shoes. I only remember the first two lines of the bridge.
She found her a cobbler with patent leather shoes.
No better man could be found with youth and luck to use.
John Drumbo French
Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic
2010, Proper Music Publishing Limted



 

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