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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 01:44 PM
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10. Saw him live twice
Buffalo 1978 Toads Place New Haven around 1980. I bought Clear Spot when it had the clear plastic album cover. Part of the Captains black cloud over his entire music career is that this cleverly packaged album was released during the first oil shock in 73 or so, so they had to repackage it back into ordinary mediocre cardboard.

I saw my first Zappa/Mothers show late Oct 1971 and if you discover Zappa, then the discovery of his high school mate Don Van Vliet always immediately follows.

Zappa/Beefheart teamed up for Zappa's 1976 Centennial Tour, which can be heard on "Bongo Fury". Those two coming back together after so much animus had developed from Beefheart signing with Zappa's new "straight" label was joyous to all of us Zappa fans at the time. Zappa produced Trout Mask Replica exactly to Beefheart's specs, even though he felt it was wrong. Beefheart felt Zappa sabotaged his rise to fame, as Trout Mask wasn't exactly the latest Lady Ga Ga album. I think Trout Mask is the most amazing album of the last one hundred years.

I think Don finally found some significant success in the highbrow impressionistic painting world. His manager told him - painting or music, but not both, so Don retired from music and probably painted until the day he died. He left a wife named Jan and had no children.

there were some nice quotes from him about Zappa back when we lost Frank in late 1993. Zappa and Beefheart were my Beatles. My pledge name in college in the late 1970's was "Zapheart". I did not know of Don's passing until just now on DU.

I wonder how DU super member Octafish is taking this. (Neon Meate Dreams of an Octafish is a song from Trout Mask)

-90% Jimmy
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