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MUSIC REVIEW | Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Safe as Milk (1967)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Too much of Safe as Milk comes across as some hippies having plenty of far out ideas, while lacking the discipline to do much with many of them.”

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I know two things about Captain Beefheart.  His name is Captain Beefheart and he was in some way affiliated with Frank Zappa.  That’s two things to make me assume I’ll intensely hate his music.  A name like Captain Beefheart connotes a certain kind of 60s, hippy whimsy that I just cannot abide.  And I find Franz Zappa to be a musical genius who used his powers for the worst kind of wanking, music evil.  So I guess I’m a sucker for punishment, because I decided I needed to listen to a Beefheart album, which I did, with Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s Safe as Milk.

Things kick off in a promising way with the instrumental, almost country rock of Sure Nuff ‘n Yes, I Do.  And they keep that positive start going with the dirty rock and roll of Zig Zag Wanderer.  With their silly voices and wacky instrumentation, Call on Me and Dropoout Boogie are a little more in line with the infuriating whimsy I expected from this band, but there’s enough grit and dirt there to keep them from ever becoming too infuriating. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti (1979)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I found the whole process too exhausting and draining for me to have any energy to write about the second half at all.”

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Full disclosure, I do not like the work of Frank Zappa. Fuller disclosure, that opinion is based on very little experience with his music. A few years ago, I decided he was someone I needed to be more aware of, so I asked a Zappa fan to recommend a few albums. What I remember is some pretty amazing musicianship and compositions, with what might be the worst lyric writing I have ever come across. But since that is about as articulate as I can be about my dislike of Zappa, I figured I needed to give him another chance. Which I did, with the terribly pun titled Sheik Yerbouti.

Immediately, I Have Been in You reinforces all of my biggest fears about committing to over an hour of Frank Zappa. The music is really cool, going from funk, to rock and back again seamlessly. What brings it undone is Zappa’s vocal work. I don’t know if the lyrics are terrible, because I could never make it past Zappa’s shit eatingly proud of himself vocal delivery. He just sounds like he thinks he has written the funniest song we ever did hear, and he we should all thank him for it. (more…)