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Album: Clear Spot
Song Notes: Jeff Bridges... I Don't Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!: My favorite Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band song, and my favorite to play for people who only think of the Trout Mask Replica type Beefheart. Most of my experiences with playing this song for people is Them: "Oh, I hate Beefheart!" Me: "Oh, well, listen to this song." Them: "WOW! This is REALLY GOOD! This is Beefheart?! He IS good!" Anyway, though, most people don't really realize that Captain Beefheart was really into R&B (even though his early stuff tends to betray that pretty well, and his vocal delivery is quite a lot like Howlin' Wolf), and this is a nice bit of Stax Soul. This is from the Clear Spot album, which is my favorite, even though a lot of Beefheart fans tend to look down a bit on it because it's easily the most accessible of his stuff. There's a few songs like this on there ("My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains", for example). It's available on a CD with The Spotlight Kid, which is another good album, but I usually end up skipping past The Spotlight Kid tracks just to listen to Clear Spot. But that's just me. - Rev. Syung Myung Me