Album Cover Art Wednesday: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart was one of the quirkiest and most interesting musicians of the 1960’s and ’70’s. His style was avant garde Delta blues/jazz with a Dada twist. His voice was so raspy that he made Howlin’ Wolf sound like Jackie Wilson.

He was also a very talented painter as you can see below on the cover of his 1978 LPShiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller.). In fact, Van Vliet retired his Captain Beefheart persona in 1982 and focused on his artwork for the remainder of his life:

Shiny beast

Here’s the entire LP via the YouTube:

2 thoughts on “Album Cover Art Wednesday: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

  1. Musician friends here in SF (Ward from Polkacide, Kitten OntheKeys and others) recently formed a Beefheart tribute band, of all things.

  2. There’s a drummer I’ve been playing with for 15 years now. Needless to say, I think he’s really good. When I first met him, back in the ’70s, he was playing in a Captain Beefheart tribute band.
    My elevator-pitch speech on Beefheart is, he’s giving you a cubist take on the blues. The same way that Picasso and Braque were showing you five different views of the same image at the same time, Beefheart and the Magic Band are playing five different blues tunes in counterpoint. (Or as he once wrote, this is recorded through a fly’s ear, and you have to have a fly’s eye to see it!)

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