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Captain Beefheart Discography: Beefheart Covers Collection – Part 7 » Captain Beefheart Radar Station

Click on Clack

2008 Australia CD Nailed to the Cross 1982-85 on Savage Beat/Loaded Skull Discs SB/LSD001

This monitor was solely launched as part of this 2CD retrospective however was recorded back in 1983 as a part of a stay set performed on the Seaview Ballroom and broadcast on radio

The Sacred Cowboys performed a troublesome rock tinged with country and have been part of the healthy Aussie scene that additionally included The Scientists and The Beasts of Bourbon.

Clear Spot

2004 Italian CD Mr Bore on Wallace Data wallace 53

Included on as this CD as monitor zero, a pre-gap hidden monitor

Clear Spot

198? Australia 7″ We Had Love / Clear Spot on Au Go Go Data ANDA 29


1985 Australia vinyl Heading For A Trauma on Au Go Go Data ANDA 39
2000 Australia CD Blood Pink River 1982-1984 on Citadel Data CITCD 5432
2016 Australia 4CD A Place Referred to as Dangerous on Numero Group NUM206

The career overview 4CD set consists of each studio and reside versions of Clear Spot

see additionally Quick ‘n’ Bulbous Tribute Album

Frying Pan

1986 Sweden 7″ This Ain’t The Summer time of Love / Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Hearth on Amigo AMS169


1992 Australia(?) CD Numerous Artists : Showdown! (1981-1993) on Sympathy For The Report Business SFTRI 333

The Screaming Dizbusters have been truly the prolific Swedish band The Nomads who’ve been recording because the 1980s.

China Pig

198? ?????

A dramatic and stark rendering of this track with minimal piano accompaniment. Wonderful for my part.

Sadly, I’ve not been capable of finding any particulars about this recording or the band. It does exist as a result of I’ve a replica from when it was performed on a Canadian Radio Beefheart Tribute show in 1983.

Dropout Boogie

2009 US CD Lemons on Goner Data

San Francisco based mostly Ty Segall produces a high quality raucous guitar and drum lo-fi psych sound that doesn’t overstay its welcome (the entire album clocks in at just over 26 minutes!). Dropout Boogie is performed quick and straight ahead apart from the waltz-time breaks which are super-slow.

When requested by Andre Torrez in a San Francisco Bay Guardian interview why he’d chosen to document Dropout Boogie Ty Segall simply replied “Beefheart rules.” And Torrez continued that Segall “can’t give the psych-blues band enough praise, citing them along with the Pretty Things and Piper at the Gates of Dawn-era Pink Floyd as major influences on his current reverb-rich sound.”


1993 Germany CD Swine Art on Uton Data UTON11


ReR Data describe this album as:

Second CD from this wonderful German trio. Studio productions of performed and arranged items, principally songs (echoes: Skeleton Crew, Cassiber ?). An unusual meeting of expertise and types where very totally different interests one way or the other gather and make musical sense. Intelligence, variety and wonderful enjoying underwrite complicated/simple songs and extended successful recording experiments. Rock, stretched.

ReR also describe another of their albums as containing:

… outrageous Beefheart fashion instrumentals, noise experiments.

Plastic Manufacturing unit

1998 US CD Attractive Demise Soda on Bong Load Customized Data BL34


Pretty good indie/grunge rock take on ‘Plastic Factory’ from this Californian band who might have their tongues firmly in their cheeks for a number of the other songs on the album. Value checking out!

Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

2008 US CD The Covers ep on ???

In accordance with an interview on-line with guitarist Adrian Carroll on the Washington City Paper on 30 January 2008 the band “started to feel like we were being perceived as a country or rockabilly band, but we’ve always been interested in a lot of other things,” says Carroll. “We all liked Beefheart. The words are really simple and beautiful – there was a circular pattern to them.” The music also motivated Shortstack to rock out just a little more durable than earlier than. “Previously our drummer [Scott Gursky] played with brushes. He pretty much exclusively plays with sticks now. It made the band louder—that’s what attracted us to it.”

This Is The Day

1974 UK vinyl This Is The Day on United Artists UAS29684
2001 UK CD Shusha/This Is The Day on Beat Goes On Data BGOCD531


Iranian born, educated on the Sorbonne in Paris and relocated to London within the 1960s Shusha Asa could be very gifted – a singer, composer, writer and documentary film maker.

Aside from releasing albums based mostly on Persian music in unique settings as well as jazz-rock arrangements she has also issued through the years quite a lot of extra business albums that includes her personal songs alongside covers of Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Chuck Berry, W.B.Yeats, William Blake, Shakespeare and Ted Hughes.

At occasions like Sandy Denny with a slight French accent she makes a trendy people rock sound. It doesn’t all the time work however her cowl of ‘This Is The Day’ is perfectly charming.

Another minor Beefheart connection is that the piano participant on the ‘This Is The Day’ album is John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick who also performed on the primary Mallard album.

Gimme Dat Harp Boy Mirror Man

1989 UK vinyl 13:9:88 on IT060
1997 UK CD ABC&D … one of the best of … on Cherry Purple Data CDMRED 143


The tracks are actually listed as ‘Mirror Man, Mirror Puppet’ and ‘Gimme That Harp, Little Frank’ and completed as a medley. To save lots of room on the CD they have been recorded in a single channel with a totally totally different music recorded in the other!

2009 UK CD EFG&H … the perfect of …
volume 2 on Cherry Purple Data CDBRED 389

On this launch we get the complete stereo version.

Frank Sidebottom, together with his giant papiermache head (a bit like a pleasant model of a Resident!), was the alter ego of Chris Sievey, one time member of the novelty punk band The Freshies who’re in all probability greatest remembered for the track ‘I’m In Love With The Woman At The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk’. Chris sadly died in 2010. A movie loosely based mostly on his life referred to as Frank was launched in 2015 and his behaviour in the direction of his band members brought comparisons with Don’s remedy of the Magic Band at the Trout Home.

Owed T’Alex

1987 self-released cassette (4 and 6 monitor variations)

Screaming stay version by this Australian no wave/submit punk band. The female vocalist, Vikki Riley, appears to have been an fascinating character who was sadly killed in a street accident aged solely 50.

Might be heard on Youtube –

Upon The My Oh My

2014 reside

A heavy version from a 4 Greek piece recorded stay at “Double Trouble”, Athens, Greece.

Check it out on Youtube –

Electrical energy

see Fast ‘n’ Bulbous Tribute Album

Sonic Youth stroll by means of this model of a stonking Beefheart music – I really expected higher from them!

Dropout Boogie

1996 reside at Barrowlands, Glasgow

Apparently the now defunct Soundgarden played ‘Dropout Boogie’ as an encore at this concert. I don’t know if a tape exists or whether or not they played it at another exhibits.

Click on Clack

2005 German CD Click Clack on SPV 78052

Nicely respected guitar-slinger Chris Spedding not only covers Click on Clack as a sluggish blues but he also names the album after the music. The harmonica participant is a certain Bryan Ferry.

Positive Nuff ‘n’ Sure I Do
Willie The Pimp

1971 UK vinyl Stackwaddy on Dandelion Data DAN8003/Okay49003
1994 UK CD Stackwaddy/Bugger Off on See For Miles Data SEECD407

A no nonsense pub-rock band that recorded for John Peel’s legendary Dandelion Data (which, if I keep in mind rightly, was named after his hamster).

Gimme Dat Harp Boy

Has anyone heard this? Know something concerning the band?

Thanks once more to Derek Laskie for locating the reference to it.

Kandy Korn

2003 Italian CD Six Fishes From Unknown Seas (A Practical Handbook For The Young Explorer, Vol. 1) on Aua Data
2014  Italian CD/2LP Dream Market Radio on Psych-Out Data / Rock Bottom PO-CD006

An Italian three piece released their 2003 mini-CD of covers which incorporates songs by Syd Barrett and Lou Reed as nicely as Beefheart. This version of Kandy Korn is driven by riffs fairly than the 2 lead guitars of the unique. Using stop/begin helps to build the strain within the music. It grew on me the more I listened to it.


They re-recorded it for the 2014 album.

Guitarist and vocalist, Maurizio Curadi, is a Beefheart fan who has written a prolonged article concerning the Magic Band within the Italian fanzine Misplaced Trails. He also translated four of Don’s songs into Italian – Pena, Steal Softly Through Snow, When Huge Joan Sets Up and The thousandth and tenth day of the human totem pole – as well as recording his personal versions of two of Don’s instrumental pieces.

Maurizio advised the Radar Station about selecting Kandy Korn:

KANDY KORN – this has all the time been considered one of my obsessions. A composition that has all the time amazed me for its power, its colors, its inside transformations. For me Kandy Korn is the sonic correlative of a Van Gogh painting. Something that hits the nervous system, a real geometry of thoughts enlargement. The coda is a timeless enigma. It was a natural selection for me to set Kandy Korn as an appearance in a sea of cicadas, in summer time barley fields.

My feedback are primarily visible, however I feel you perceive.

We recorded it virtually utterly stay, then I did a guitar overdub and vocals. Perhaps it has an excessive amount of bass loudness, but I actually just like the outcome.

I’m a fan of the Strictly Private period I’ve listened to these songs since I used to be 16-17. With Trout Mask, it was the first encounter with Captain Beefheart for me.

I’ve instantly beloved those demented delta guitars, the African really feel, the disturbing stability between custom and atonality, the visionary power. It has the facility to make snicker and cry. Freightening and funny. But I don’t need to be boring. For all these reasons, and for a lot of others unknown, I assume, it was chosen Kandy Korn.

STEEPLEJACK was shaped in 1986 by Maurizio Curadi, after enjoying guitar singing and writing songs in seminal acid rock Italian bands reminiscent of Ineffective Boys and Birdmen of Alkatraz. Steeplejack has all the time been a wierd anomaly within the Italian scene: visionary somewhat than psychedelic within the standard sense, the band has all the time adopted an unbiased path with uncommon spirits and sounds, mixing primitive delta blues with eerie songs. They recorded 2 LP’s (“Serena Maboose” in 1987, and “Pow Wow” in 1989 for Electric Eye Data) and a couple of singles in 1991. After years of apparent inactivity, they reformed in 2000. At present they’re recording new material for a new cd, “Nameless City”. Discover out extra about them on their website –

Ashtray Heart

2002 US 7″ Ashtray Heart on Entropy Now! Data

A hardcore metallic band with a singer who sounds actually indignant on this full-blooded assault on Ashtray Heart.

Josh Wartrip from the band informed me:

“I know it’s already been done a few times, but we had wanted to do that song for a long time, and after hearing the White Stripes version we decided we *had* to try and do a better job ;)…. I don’t know if we succeeded…”

You possibly can determine for your self by testing the MP3 on the bands website or await the discharge of the only in late 2002.

see the separate web page for more details about the Swedish Tribute Band

Where There’s Lady

This monitor is included on the Genus Data’ Mama Kangaroos tribute album