I love him and I wish I could have met him really really badly. Here are some videos to convince you that your life would have been immeasurably enriched by having had this man in it.
1. Ice Cream for crow...
It's just brilliant, the video, the lyrics and his great face. I love how everyone is having such a good time making that video and also that it features the band holding up some of his art which I am a big fan of. MTV refused to show this video when it was released because it was "too weird", which goes to show that you should never listen to anything a music jounalist says. I get a sense that Beefheart could have been taking me out for a walk on a sunday as a child and that the sequence of events that the video documents could have happened. Y'know how grandparents sing songs for their grandchildren? Don't you think Beffhearts would have been the best?
Best Bits: 00:23 - "the moon's so full, white hat on a pumpkin"... Uh, whaaa? 01:10 - "Ice cream by night, sun cream by day"...Well obviously!?(about here the guitarists hat flies of for some reason.) 01:30 - Beefheart does an exotic wavy arm dance and then impersonates a crow. 02:10 - "crow pants the scarecrow, crow dance ah ho ho, crow dance ah panther, scare crow you answer"...When he says panther he does a little panter claw 02:55 - Beefheart gives the camera a stange pensive look. 04:06 - Guitarist rolls around the floor
2. Sure 'nuff 'n' yes I do
This is Beefheart when he was much younger. I recomend a generous measure of Bulleit Bourbon whiskey and your favourite smoke when listening to this... Heaven. Also something to show your friends and say, "wasn't my grandad better than yours?".
Seeing Zappa and Beefheart together is quite possibly the best thing on earth.
3. Click Clack
This song really harkens back to the blues greats like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
His awesome cape that looks like Sian could have embroidered it.
The drum beat makes me want to get up and dance.
4. Ashtray Heart
CASE OF THE PUNKS! God I love 80's Beefheart... I've got to admit that I love all of it, but you've got to give a wry smile to all the punks who thought that the Butthole surfers and Devo were a massive revelation in the '80s and this guy had been doing what he was doing since the '60s.
"I feel like a glass shrimp in a pink panty, With a saccharine chaperone"... um, yeah. Sure you do.
The synth interludes are great.
5. This Is The Day
Before you listen to this song I want you to acknowlege the lunacy you have already experienced and then prepare yourself for the most beautiful song (in my opinion) ever.
"This is the day that love came to play, the day that love came to stay. One minute here, one minute there, love spent time everywhere. This day that love came to play.
This is the day that love came to play, the day that love came to stay. This kiss is for the first time and this kiss is for that time. Love to ride, love to ride.... Guitar/flute solo
This is the day that love came to play, the day that love came to stay. One minute here one minute there, love spent time everywhere, this day that love came to play.... harmonica solo