Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
Well, here's certainly one of the all-time cult figures: Captain
beefheart, and his magic band. Here's a man who for over a decade has been
making music which some people have been absolutely raving about, and yet he's
never broken through to mass acceptance.
- Yes. Again, I think he's [Laughs], he's such an obvious
person to be big here. When you look at a lot of the new wave groups and the
punk groups, they're really nothing compared to Beefheart. He's the original.
And for me he's a, a natural poet. I mean, he's incredible. I've
heard a beautiful quote of his. When he was backstage one day, um, there was
someone hanging around who he didn't want to be there; and he told them to get
out. And when the someone said ``why didn't you want me here?'' he said he's
had too much to think.
- And if I may just quote a couple of lines from one of his songs
called ``Bat Chain Puller.'' It's about a Voodoo train. His poetry's
incredible. It says: ``A chain with yellow lights that glisten like
oil-beads;'' and another line: ``It whistles like a root snatched from the dry
earth. Sod-busting rakes with grey-dust claws announces it's coming in the
morning.'' [??? Inaudible] ...is a poet. Then listen out for the line in
this song, which is called ``Tropical Hot Dog Night,'' and it's ``Like two
flamingos in a fruit fight."
[The song is played.]
Captain beefheart and the magic band, and ``tropical hot dog
night.'' kate, I think I would like to stash that one. Maybe it's the new
year's party I'm going to tonight.
- Let's play it again right now and get up on the table! (1980,
Cloudbusting / Subjects / Captain Beefhart