If you’re under “a certain age” you’re probably thinking “Who?” right now. But if you were in your 20’s when he was at his best, he probably left an indelible stain in you musical memory.
Slightly unconventional, he has been described as:
… idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist lyrics and an unholy alliance of free jazz, Delta blues, latter-day classical music and rock & roll to create a singular body of work virtually unrivalled in its daring and fluid creativity.
Or, as my father put it, “Absolute ********”.
I’ll be raising a glass to him tonight, which seems appropriate. He died of sclerosis.
(If you want to find out what you missed when he was at his best, find something from the “Safe as Milk” album.)
Like many people up and down the country and around the world I had my little Beefheart moment last night when I pulled all his lp’s yes I mean those round vinyl thingies off the shelves and had a listen. Still love the Spotlight Kid.
As a art student in 1968 the good captains mutant blues on Safe As Milk blew my brains.