captain beefheart electricity

don van vliet SINGING INK
poetry and fine arts - drawing


paul young
, roadie

ROBERT WILLIAMS, drummer and percussionist with captain beefheart and the magic band from late 1977 till spring 1981, always had an overdose of energy. so no wonder that during his membership of the group he collaborated with his colleague eric feldman on norman rockwell's album 'black and white' (1978) and even formed an occasional duo with englishman hugh cornwell (ex-strangler in 1979) to make the elpee 'nosferatu' which generated a single, 'white room'.

WAIT FOR ME - as his beefheart nickname read - also released a few solo records after his departure, involving former colleagues: a ten-inch 'buy my record' (1981, with eric feldman, bruce fowler, jeff moris tepper and denny walley), the full album 'late one night' (1982, with bruce and denny), and his recent ceedee 'date with the devil's daughter' (1998, with bruce and jeff).

you can find all about his lives and times with captain beefheart in a 1997 interview. although: no, not áll! for there is missing an important item in his discography...! it is the single he made in 1980 - so when he was a full member of the magic band - with a group called EAZY TEETH (or was it a kind of 'practical joke'? which could explain why he doesn't remind it)....

, roadie of the magic band and called eazy teeth by the captain because of his smile, on serge synthesizer and steiner e.v.i., and ROBERT on drums and synares played the instrumental b-side her blade, while TITO LARRIVA joined them on car noise with speaking vocals. the musical direction of the a-side - the wake-up sign of the big city - is minimal art, while 'her blade' is more experimental music - or just a sound-check?

the single was brought out in the united states on dental records dr 001 - their only release ever, and presumably in a very limited edition. [i don't think it has any sense to investigate whether the company is still on suite 221, 11340 w. olympic boulevard, los angeles, ca 90064....]

well, see it with your own eazy eyes:

captain beefheart - 'eazy teeth' drawing by don van vliet 1980 - front cover single
front cover drawing by ©vanvliet80

by the way, robert, how about reissuing that single, the 10-inch and the elpee together on óne ceedee? its logical title 'eazy teeth, buy my record late one night' would be a nice start, after all....


[text first time written somewhere in 1998]

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