Thursday, May 7, 2015

lick my decals off, baby

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band cultivated the grounds by throwing the whole kit ‘n kaboodle ‘n the kitchen sink to woe-is-a-me-bop his buggy boogie woogie into a wolfhowl wine.    Each of his previous three albums ('Safe As Milk', 'Strictly Personal', and 'Trout Mask Replica') had all been released on different labels; but, for his fourth album, he stuck with Frank Zappa's Straight Records label.  

Don van Vliet produced the recording of 'Lick My Decals Off, Baby' at United Recording Corporation on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood with engineer Phil Schier.  The sessions featured  Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) on vocals, bass clarinet, tenor sax, soprano sax, and harmonica;   Drumbo (John French) on percussion and broom;   Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad) on guitar and glass finger guitar;  Rockette Morton (Mark Boston) on "bassius-o-pheilius";   and Ed Marimba (Art Tripp) on marimba, percussion, and broom.   

Van Vliet would express at the time:    "I realize that somebody playing free music isn't as commercial as a hamburger stand. But is it because you can eat a hamburger and hold it in your hand and you can't do that with music? Is it too free to control?...You can't make generalizations...I wonder if anyone's ever made General I. Zation?...If all the generals came in here right now, I bet they'd bring those IZATIONS with them...I'm trying to create my own language, a language without any periods."

'Lick My Decals Off, Baby' was Beefheart's greatest success, going to number twenty in the UK.  


"Bellerin' Plain"

"One Red Rose That I Mean"

"Flash Gordon's Ape"

"I Love You, You Big Dummy"

"Japan in a Dishpan"


"I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have to Go"

'Lick My Decals Off, Baby'
full album:

All songs written and composed by Don Van Vliet.

Side one
1. "Lick My Decals Off, Baby"   2:38
2. "Doctor Dark"   2:46
3. "I Love You, You Big Dummy"   2:54
4. "Peon"   2:24
5. "Bellerin' Plain"   3:35
6. "Woe-is-uh-Me-Bop"   2:06
7. "Japan in a Dishpan"   3:00
Side two
8. "I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have to Go"   1:53
9. "Petrified Forest"   1:40
10. "One Red Rose That I Mean"   1:52
11. "The Buggy Boogie Woogie"   2:19
12. "The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or the Big Dig)"   2:11
13. "Space-Age Couple"   2:32
14. "The Clouds Are Full of Wine (not Whiskey or Rye)"   2:50
15. "Flash Gordon's Ape"   4:15

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