Don Van Vliet, also known as Captain Beeheart, has died at the age of 69 after a long struggle with multiple sclerosis.
I’ve always felt that he was at his best when he wasn’t being totally weird (I’ve never been much of a fan of Trout Mask Replica) or being too conventional (the Blue Jeans and Moonbeams period) but was producing a unique warped rhythm and blues.In some way his music reminds of Ornette Coleman’s in that it is at once utterly avant-garde and utterly rooted in the blues.
Now, watch the videos and go and play all his albums. And remember, a carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.
Is this the weirdest TV advert ever?
A true original, and one of the greats of late twentieth century unpopular popular music, there will never be anyone like him again. Rest in peace, Don.