Eligible since: 1991 (The 1992 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? Yes what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2030 (ranked #298) .
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Captain Beefheart belongs in the hall of fame.
Posted by Ray Rogers on Sunday, 02.4.07 @ 18:24pm
If Zappa's in, Captain Beefheart should definitely be in. Major influence in new wave and punk, not to mention experimental rock.
Posted by mel on Tuesday, 02.5.08 @ 09:09am
Not surprised to see that they've at least been considered. If any modern-musicians get to be considered "innovative", Captain Beefheart is one of them.
Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 02.5.08 @ 09:30am
More influential than, say, Bono, Madonna, Springsteen, or Aeroshit?
Posted by Alex on Tuesday, 03.4.08 @ 18:23pm
They definitely need to induct him sooner, rather than later. I wouldn't be surprised, knowing the good captain, if they asked him years ago and he declined. I believe he's been camera-averse for a while now.
Posted by Harold on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 11:10am
What shame he hasn’t been inducted yet. He was a huge influence on alternative, new wave and punk. He is now 67 and in ill health and I just hope somebody gets some sense before he passes away. Captain Beefheart in 2009!!!
Posted by email@example.com on Monday, 04.14.08 @ 13:48pm
You know, I read how incalculable Capt Beefheart's influence on many musicians is, and after obtaining his "opus magnum" - 69's Trout Mask Replica, I must say that he is one artist who stands ONLY upon this influence, vast and powerful as I read it to be.
Posted by shawn on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 12:40pm
Free jazz meets electric blues, baby. Innovation defined. I quite like it too.
Posted by Liam on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 12:54pm
"Free jazz meets electric blues, baby."
Posted by shawn on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 13:28pm
If the marriage of "free jazz" and "electric blues" is your definition of innovation, then the honor goes to Traffic who beat the Captain by a year or two with "Mr. Fantasy" and "Traffic." These are also much more palatable.
Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 13:35pm
Scaruffi thinks Trout Mask Replica is the greatest album of all-time.
Posted by Al on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 13:41pm
Seriously, the innovation is there. Can you not hear the mixture of free jazz and blues? It IS there.
Posted by Liam on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 13:42pm
There's also a heap of avant-garde in there form the innovation, but I didn't feel the need to point that out. You could even argue that there ae bits of classical music, but I forgot about that one.
Posted by Liam on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 13:46pm
"Seriously, though, as far as innovation goes, Trout Mask Replica is in a league of its own."
Posted by shawn on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 15:20pm
I guess you've just got to have to the right state of mind to enjoy it. One of the main problems I've known people to have is the lack of obvious melody.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 05.10.08 @ 05:54am
I have to admit as I reflect on what I heard I laugh, it seems so ludicrous. I think you ar correct that I will go back and listen again out of sheer, incredulous curiosity over what the fukk that was (LOL).
Posted by shawn on Saturday, 05.10.08 @ 16:49pm
Shawn, you should try out Safe As Milk, as it's alot more accessible that Trou Mask Replica. Don't get me wrong, it's still weirdo, but it's much less fragmented.
Posted by Liam on Monday, 05.19.08 @ 16:33pm
Gotta give an induction to the Magic Band, too.
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 08.31.08 @ 13:57pm
One of the cruel ironies of the multi-track recording era is the way that repeated listening of ANYTHING seems to create an automatic attraction to it in the same way repeatedly brushing your hair produces static electricity.
Posted by Polly on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 08:42am
The only thing I know for sure about TMR is that serious music critics (like Scaruffi) love it way too much and absolutely ALL women hate it.
Posted by Gary James CA on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 08:55am
To cool... another rock rule breaker..! These types of bands are what change the music...They did it their way!!
Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 11.14.08 @ 18:38pm
As said be 4 this cat write rules that others follow YES!!! Oh wait he ain't selling this year lol
Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 22:27pm
I'd give it to them. Gotta love "Diddy Wah Diddy" if nothing else.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:49pm
Even if Trout Mask is just incoherent and aimless rambling if you enjoy it you enjoy it and if you don't you don't. Music is subjective and these declarations of the quality of music are all irrelevant and inaccurate. However regardless of people's opinions on the music it is influential to many people and that should be enough to be inducted.
Posted by Conrad on Monday, 04.20.09 @ 10:15am
Love them ...I like musicians that do it there way..!!
Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 04.20.09 @ 11:24am
I finally got a chance to listen to "Trout Mask Replica"... And Man !!! What a fine mess it is !!! Gimme sum of that stuff they was smokin'.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 05.6.09 @ 16:27pm
Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 05.6.09 @ 21:57pm
This page should be called "Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band" not just Captain Beefheart
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 16:23pm
Captain Beefheart would have probably been in long ago if he didn't insist on constantly wearing that replica Trout Mask. Frankly, it was embarrassing to hang out with him. "Try a Catfish Mask Replica," I'd suggest, "People love cats."
Posted by Vilos Cohaagen on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 14:24pm
To appreciate Captain Beefheart you have to really listen to the sounds and try to "feel them" just like you would do with any other music, same goes for the lyrics for the most part. But even then it might not work for you so whatever.
Posted by Carlos Lopez on Tuesday, 02.16.10 @ 22:54pm
Would have been great to see him in if for anything just "Trout Mask Replica." He probably has at least a decent shot and look, he's even been considered. Must be Frank Zappa's help there
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 07.4.10 @ 05:35am
For what it's worth, PJ Harvey is a huge Beefheart fan, and is very much a woman (not to mention a wonderful musician).
Posted by Lumpy Gravy on Saturday, 10.23.10 @ 22:43pm
Additionally, re: the guitars and production, influence, etc.
Posted by Lumpy Gravy on Sunday, 10.24.10 @ 00:01am
You were long overdue... R.I.P., Cap'n.
Posted by Chalkie on Friday, 12.17.10 @ 16:21pm
Just heard the news. Don "Captain Beefheart" Van Vliet will be missed. A huge loss for rock and avant-garde.
Posted by The_Claw on Friday, 12.17.10 @ 17:43pm
Posted by Casper on Friday, 12.17.10 @ 18:00pm
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 12.18.10 @ 11:25am
Heard the news in e-mail today (see “http://music-mix.ew.com/2010/12/17/captain-beefheart-dies/”), and wonder whether he died at the right time for induction.
Posted by Julien Peter Benney on Sunday, 12.19.10 @ 01:36am
This is hardly music. The vocals are just awful and most of the time the "magic band" is just banging on their instrument. I came in being open minded, I can listen to basically any music and enjoy, but this is just awful.
Posted by Bob on Tuesday, 06.7.11 @ 16:34pm
Dude, anyone who doesn't get Trout Mask Replica just isn't getting it. It's like Kanye West and the fish sticks joke. Just get it, man!
Posted by Eric on Thursday, 07.28.11 @ 23:26pm
I've heard he has better albums than 'Trout Mask Replica'. I bought it & I thought it was a waste of money.
Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 07.29.11 @ 08:26am
A person's got to listen to the 'Trout Mask' like 5 or 6 times before it starts to click... you'd probably like 'Safe As Milk' though -- which is also great, even on first listen
Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 08.15.11 @ 12:40pm
Chalkie, if I can find a use copy of 'Safe as Milk' sometime, I'll give it a whirl.
Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 08.15.11 @ 15:28pm
The Hall can lick my decals off baby.
Posted by Van Vliet on Thursday, 03.1.12 @ 23:02pm
I may not love them but CAPTAIN BEEFHEARTand the MONKEES deserves to get in before Kiss MADONNA AND ABBA forget what Jann Wenner says
Posted by David Kornblatt on Tuesday, 06.4.13 @ 04:10am
I first saw the Captain live in NYC, NY in 1971 and it was worth the trip from England. I also saw him play the next stop on his tour at Tufts in Boston. Amazing range of vocals and depth of feeling, not to mention a unique take on blues and rock music, albeit a little avant garde. "That's right the Mascara Snake, fast and bulbous." Slip him into the HOF you "Neon Meat Dream of an Octofish."
Posted by Robert Mason on Tuesday, 12.23.14 @ 01:57am
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