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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:48 pm 
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... from Nosferatu, the 1979 album by the Stranglers' Hugh Cornwell's musical collaboration Captain Beefheart's Magic Band's drummer :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aregy6eni_k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IofZRa5IJyc

I've been wondering if Frank heard that :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:44 pm 
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Ian Underwood plays synthesizer on this album (though he's not on the tracks linked above).


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:08 pm 
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I know Frank liked the Stranglers. Don't know if be heard this though.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:46 am 
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Two members of Devo and Ian Dury (credited as Duncan Poundcake) are on it as well.
When I was but a callow teenager I went to see Captain Beefheart at the Colston Hall, Bristol (DATRS tour). Waiting outside in the hope of catching the soundcheck, we saw Robert Williams and the rest of the Magic Band entering through the stage door. Me and my Devo loving buddy called out "We loved Nosferatu!" Robert stopped on his way in and engaged us in a really pleasant conversation. He said Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh were old friends of his and that one should listen to the album "in the dark". I asked him whether the Captain would ever work with Zappa again and he said "You never know."
He then said, "Why don't you come in and watch the soundcheck and meet Don afterwards?"
The soundcheck was great and at the end Don said hello and announced "This place is like a maze!", in a typical Beefheartian growl.
Unfortunately, although we didn't notice it at the time, Don forgot a lot of the words at the actual gig and Jan was busy arguing with him as Robert told us after the gig, so we never got to talk to him for longer...

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:57 am 
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Shrewnews wrote:
Ian Underwood plays synthesizer on this album (though he's not on the tracks linked above).

some very interesting cross-pollination happened, that's for sure :)

& Don Preston collaborated with Carla Bley whom, according to Terry Bozzio, once participated to auditions at Frank's
but didn't manage to operate a modular synth that she'd been put in front of :(

maybe Frank got mixed up & confused Annette Peacock & Carla Bley, both genius composers who both were married to Paul Bley,
& thought that Annette was "The One" (the song picks up after a 1min 54s intro : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dP4ux-hRek )
coming to audition that day ?

anyway, that could've been some cool collaboration/cross-pollination too :mrgreen:

& there are no Zappa members in Michael Mantler's "The Hapless Child" in 1976 with Robert Wyatt, Jack DeJohnette, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow & Terje Rypdal,
but it was also a great collaborative project that those involved in Nosferatu possibly heard & appreciated, & maybe Frank did too :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yS8EIN8sXs


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:59 am 
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KUIII wrote:
I know Frank liked the Stranglers. Don't know if be heard this though.

I've suspected that too :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:01 am 
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Caputh wrote:
Two members of Devo and Ian Dury (credited as Duncan Poundcake) are on it as well.
When I was but a callow teenager I went to see Captain Beefheart at the Colston Hall, Bristol (DATRS tour). Waiting outside in the hope of catching the soundcheck, we saw Robert Williams and the rest of the Magic Band entering through the stage door. Me and my Devo loving buddy called out "We loved Nosferatu!" Robert stopped on his way in and engaged us in a really pleasant conversation. He said Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh were old friends of his and that one should listen to the album "in the dark". I asked him whether the Captain would ever work with Zappa again and he said "You never know."
He then said, "Why don't you come in and watch the soundcheck and meet Don afterwards?"
The soundcheck was great and at the end Don said hello and announced "This place is like a maze!", in a typical Beefheartian growl.
Unfortunately, although we didn't notice it at the time, Don forgot a lot of the words at the actual gig and Jan was busy arguing with him as Robert told us after the gig, so we never got to talk to him for longer...

thanks for (reminiscing &) sharing :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:53 am 
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You're welcome! I only wish that they'd do another album together; Williams played on Cornwell's later album "Wired" (nothing to do with the song on "Nosferatu") which is nice and poppy, but nothing like "Nosferatu".
BTW Williams's solo "Date With Devil's Daughter" is also worth checking out!


https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/date- ... id43293152

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:25 pm 
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Caputh wrote:
poppy
... Andrew pops to mind too :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XKVPLvRgsU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkcItO7n1qE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMdoEhHCOgI (the voices are quite Magma-esques in this one)

I also wonder if Frank knew about his work, he was mostly busy working on his own music but he might have heard it, & possibly enjoyed it ...

& yes, what I heard from Hugh Cornwell's latest efforts was quite underwhelming, so another collaboration with Williams would be nice, with sparks & all :mrgreen:
& thank you, I'm discovering/listening to "Date With Devil's Daughter" now :smoke:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:56 am 
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taotekid wrote:
I've been wondering if Frank heard that :mrgreen:

I doubt he felt he had the time for that, at his own peril - confer the Zappa in the 80's thread...

I bought the LP in Guernsey 1981, should take it out and have a listen again.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:53 am 
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no doubt he was a busy guy, but things often go in phases,
& Frank probably had his phases in which he found time to tune to what his peers/contemporaries were doing,
he had to be somewhat curious & interested in that

& he did this radio show on the BBC in 1980 (I imagine that a number of tracks in his playlist might be from records that he picked on the spot out of the BBC's DJ's crates)

http://harvest-2011.blogspot.fr/2011/06 ... -show.html

but I'm sure that he was 'in the know' about the good stuff :mrgreen:


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