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Captain Beefheart

Captain BeefheartThe fact that John Peel was once tour driver for Captain Beefhart would be enough reason for the inclusion of this most beloved, idiosyncratic and yes, magical, of bands. Born Don Vliet, Californian Captain Beefhart, friend of Frank Zappa, was the eccentric kingpin of 20th century music. Given a year to rehearse the material before recording 1969's legendary 'Trout Mask Replica', the album that eventually emerged took in everything from jazz to minimal R&B and Beefhart's distinctive voice, but made sense in a certain perverse way. Van (he changed his name in the early 60s) Vliet fell victim to multiple sclerosis in the 1990s and disappeared from the public eye; music has rarely seen his like again.

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