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Much love on here?
My music threads usually elicit zero replies. Surprise me.
is my favorite, and it is the one I usually go back to when I want some beefheart, or mabye Shiny Beast. It is kinda hard to listen to a lot of Beefheart at one time, but I think the sense of humor was great and all of the records are fun to listen to in short doses.
I think its brilliant and insane at the same time. I think I will be dipping into that discography for many years to come. There's loads of fans on here that will be able to give you more meat, I would give it a Monday bump for the regulars. Cronin will chime in Im sure.
Off the back of a recent thread. Can't find it, but here are some other previous Beefheart-centric ones (including Cronin contributions):
Where to start?: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4229788
I don't understand Trout Mask Replica: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/3557752
DiS Album Of The Week: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4193088
Safe As Milk: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4221624
Any small amount of reading about it tells you that Trout Mask has a rep for being impenetrable or difficult to get to grips with or whatever. Yes it's all over the shop, but it didn't feel like hard work to my ears. I think one of the reasons for that might be that Beck's Stereopathetic Soulmanure was one of the first CDs I ever bought and loved to pieces. (I'm not gonna make any bold claims as to the relative merits of these two albums.)
Surprisingly, a little googling only returns a two mentions of such a comparison. One is that an album called College Dropouts by M.D.S. is of the same ilk. Another is an aside in a brief review of Stereopathetic S. The review goes on to say that it's a "sonic notebook" - I like that phrase.
Keeping with the Beefheart/Beck theme, Wikipedia reckons Beck dresses as Beefheart was dressed in the Trout Mask Replica album photo sessions in the Where it's at video at 1:27, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPfmNxKLDG4&t=1m25s.
Cut 1/2 blues for example
But it's reassuring that someone 'real' gets whet I'm thinking of. Rather than just me and two other internet randoms getting the wrong end of the sonic stick.
Well I guess I already knew most people on this board don't actually like music but those are pretty depressing. :(
I dig Zig Zag Wanderer quite a bit
Trout Mask Replica
Safe As Milk & Clear Spot take some beating for me. And if there are 3 better back-to-back tracks than Crazy Little Thing/ Long Neck Bottles/ Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles (hell yeah in particular) in the history of popular music then i'll eat my hat.
is my favourite, tho Lick My Decals Off Baby is further out and astonishing.
I love the dubby bass and interlocking saturated guitars on Kandy Korn and Trust Us so much on the sessions, way better than the rerecorded fucked with versions.
As for standalone songs, with you on Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles.
Dudes a genius.
is where it's at.
I haven't heard Lick My Decals Off yet though
in that, pretty much no one can sound anything like him (that I've heard) no matter how hard they try
really fucking fantastic
Had a massive Beefheart binge this week. So so so good.
doc at the radar station , ice cream for crow & of course trout mask.
if your digging on beefheart you may appreciate this attempt at christmas number one ...
real soft spot for Ice Cream For Crow.
is probably closest to my heart, followed closer by pretty much all the others.
best songs: when it blows its stacks, doctor dark, big eyed beans from venus, moonlight on vermont, ashtray heart, safe as milk, run paint run run, i'm gonna booglarize you baby, when big joan sets up - oooh beefheart!
Got some of the weirdness of Trout Mask, but enough accesibility for everyday play.
Shiny Beast is great.
Will leave the weirder stuff till Im older