Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Our Founding Fathers, Eighth in a Series

Captain Beefheart - Live at the Radar Station (1980) Part 1
Captain Beefheart - Live at the Radar Station (1980) Part 2

The wonderful world of bootleg recordings is full of highly obsessive people. Thankfully, one of them obsesses highly about the Good Cap'n, Don Van Vliet. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to tell ya'all that this is a live compilation bootleg from different venues and different years, supposedly recorded in the late '70s and early '80s. Though the oldest recording date is 1980, according to the info I was given about it. The information on bootlegs is often highly contraindicatoryful, if ya know what I mean.

(Funny thing I noticed on the home page of the Beefheart obsessatorium, that there's a link to an early interview of the Captain by Rick McGrath, who is another obsessive personality - J. G. Ballard is his thing. I've traded extensively with Rick over the years; got an incredible Fahey recording from Madison in 1984 from Rick that I haven't figured out how to share with you yet. Rick wanted some of my 1960s back issues of New Worlds. But he ain't ever gonna get 'em. Hey, I offered scans! I may be a jerk, but not a total ass. I'm just kinda obsessive myself is all. Anyway, the point is that it's a small, shiny world, kids.)

Personally, the Captain and I met when I bought the rerelease of Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) in the late 80s. Fact, I think I bought it from Ed when he was working at Rose Records. Hey, Ed - do you remember this? You were very excited. Can I say bouncy, even? Previously, I had stared in wonder, horror, awe and cosmic trepidation for several years at a battered LP copy of Trout Mask Replica behind the glass of the counter at Penny Lane Records (I think this was the name of the store) prior to this.

Buy the Captain's shit!

APOLOGIES: 'Tis fixed now, but I forgot to put the download link in when I posted this. That'll teach me to not get enough sleep - stupid monkey!

Now playing: The Byrds - 5D (Fifth Dimension) {mono}
via FoxyTunes


Anonymous said...

no download?...THANK...muchas gracias companeros!

Rick said...

Hmmm... I've only traded that Fahey with a few cats... but I note this site is nameless, so I won't give away any secrets. I will admit, however, that after awhile the bootleg obsession does die out... but my Ballard one is still going strong.

gomonkeygo said...

All fixed now. Sorry about that and thanks for bringing it to my attention.

I'm gonna assume only the best of helpful intentions from your anonymous comment, btw.

gomonkeygo said...

Heya, Rick! That was fast - you got a secret spider scanning for links to your site?

I'm still a regular visitor there, btw - every few months or so - and I'm always telling folks to check it out. Love that Ballard stuff you've got. I was thinking of doing one similar for the covers of Richard Powers that I collect, but it's been done already.

I haven't done much trading myself just due to time restrictions for several years. Life takes up a lot of time, it seems.

Anonymous said...

special nod for the captain, listened to him so much a bootleg's welcome, so damn catchy, big eyed beans from venus.. don't think he gets the cred. aching to hear this.. thanks bro.. zenwarrior

gomonkeygo said...

You're welcome, zenwarrior. I have more Beeflegs, but this was the easiest to find info on and some of the others have very poor sound quality, I'm afraid.

Memphis said...

Every once in awhile the phrase "Abba Zaba"goes through my head.Thanks jerk !!!!

gomonkeygo said...

You're welcome, asswipe. Love to your wife. Poor girl.