Captain Beefheart, Houston Misses You

"An electric guitar attracts Beelzebub..."

Today's comment of the day comes to us from Friday afternoon's announcement that artist and avant-garde rocker Captain Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet, had passed away in Southern California at age 69.



Rocks Off isn't surprised the news of Beefheart's death provoked such a visceral and widespread (more than 500 Facebook shares so far) reaction in Houston, where the line between performance art, rock and roll and the blues is thinner than most. Our own Lonesome Onry and Mean was at Beefheart's 1971 show with Ry Cooder and Houston's Bruiser Barton & the Dry Heaves ("The worst band in Texas," according to Rolling Stone), which happened at West U hippie joint Of Our Own on the Trout Mask Replica Tour. Here's what he wrote back in August.

By the way, don't be scared of our new Diskus comment system. Rocks Off hasn't had much opportunity to mess around with it yet, but it works just fine. More Beefheart after the jump.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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