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Any Good Artists Out There That Are Similar To Beefheart?

Jake Howell

over 4 years ago

I’ve been looking for some good ones, and the closest thing I could find was Pere Ubu, a great, extremely influential but unfortunatly little known punk/art band. I’ve been through the Noise/Punk/Weird Music thread but couldn’t find anything to suit my fancy. Anyone have anything else?

Bruce

over 4 years ago

You might want to pursue David Thomas outside of Pere Ubu.

ricky richtof​fen

over 4 years ago

Have you tried the Residents yet? Not so much like the Captain, but tend to appeal to the same people in an Amazon “you may also like” way; ditto their lablemates/proteges/ whatever they hell they were, Renaldo & the Loaf.

Zoogz Rift might also be of interest. His fatness makes me think you should also try Wesley Willis, perhaps the only true musical “outsider” normally brought into the “outsider music” discussion.

gojira

over 4 years ago

Jake, have you given a listen to Andrew Bird?

ricky richtof​fen

over 4 years ago

Im not Jake, but am currently trying and think Im liking A. Bird

Ellie

over 4 years ago

Pere Ubu sounds like Beefheart? uh, ok.

anyway, some of Captain Beefheart’s best licks are solidly based in Blues, is what i’m hearing. so maybe you are craving some blues.

bands that sorta sound like Pere Ubu, to me, are bands like Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du, Swervedriver, Yo La Tengo, Retribution Gospel Choir, maybe the Sea and Cake, and definitely Boris With Michio Kurihara.

Cosmic Bummer

over 4 years ago

The Captain was fairly one of a kind. They seem to draw the most comparison from The Fugs and Zappa’s Mother’s of Invention.

All of these guys (at least) share similar traits with Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band -

Can
The Red Krayola
Amon Duul II
Gong
Soft Machine
This Heat
13th Floor Elevators
Tom Waits
Henry Cow

Just like Captain Beefheart, their songs are pretty hit or miss, with the hits being downright incredible and the misses being the worst misses of all time. Hope you enjoy the stuff.

Max Hirtz

over 4 years ago

Except Tom Waits never misses.

Matt Parks

over 4 years ago

Julian Cope
Kathleen Brennan-era Tom Waits

Greasem​an64

over 4 years ago

I don’t think Andrew Bird and Captain Beefheart sound much alike at all. I would recommend you delve into some of Frank Zappa’s catalog if you like Beefheart. They were close friends and often collaborated. TJ mentioned the Residents and I think that’s good choice as well. You can get a lot of their stuff on iTunes cheap.

Also check out this music blog if you like some more obscure post-punk/electronic music.
http://musicophilia.wordpress.com/

Jake Howell

over 4 years ago

I actually like The Residents a lot, love Zappa, Can is pretty good, Gong is okay, Tom Waits is one of my top favorites of all time, I only know one Henry Cow song and Andrew Bird is good, but not too Beefheartian. Thanks for all the recs!

Michel

over 4 years ago

The Fiery Furnaces don’t really sound like Beefheart but his music is a big influence on them and they have their fair share of beefhartian moments. Check out their song “Seven Silver Curses” and many more…

KJ

over 4 years ago

I’m not seeing how Boris has anything at all to do with Pere Ubu (know both very well). A band closer to Pere Ubu would be Henry Cow. You might find a Beefheart-like similarity there. Then again, you might not. Has anyone suggested Tuxedo Moon? How about The Red Krayola? Sun City Girls is a better bet, I think. The fact is, Van Vliet spins in his own peculiar orbit, and the trajectory of these other musicians only infrequently bring them close to the Doc.

casualt​imetrav​el

over 4 years ago

since captain is kind of a culmination of all these genres…. here you go

krautrock..

faust
silver apples
early kraftwerk
neu!
guru guru

psych..

love
kaleidoscope
the electric prunes
alexander skip spence
quicksilver messenger service
the great society
the seeds
the united states of america
west coast pop art experimental band
os mutantes
brian jonestown massacre
the animals (with or without eric burdon)

blues/guitar…

john fahey
sir richard bishop
mississippi john hurt
muddy waters
arthur curdup
elmore james

avant garde/experimental..

white noise
moondog
jackie – o – motherfucker
john cage

i could get into jazz if you like but maybe this is enough

McBean

over 4 years ago

Tom Waits is in a class of his own. Rain Dogs is the best album of all time imo.

Cory

over 4 years ago

In my opinion, Beefheart sounds like he was influenced by Ornette Coleman and Howlin Wolf, alot. I see Howlin Wolf influencing Beefheart who influenced Tom Waits. I like all three. There are alot of noisy bands influenced by the guitar work of the Magic Band, bands like U.S. Maple and maybe even early Erase Errata. Nurse With Wound is definitely influenced by Beefheart too. Most of the bands people mentioned up there don’t sound anything like Beefheart to me. But they might be doing things in the same spirit as him… freedom/improvisation/surrealist/ballsy/crazy.

liz

over 4 years ago

sort of inspired by beefheart (as in, don’t necessarily sound like but derive some musical ideas from):

The Minutemen
The Pop Group
This Heat
Meat Puppets
The Raincoats
The Residents
The Fall
Pere Ubu
Sun City Girls
The Red Krayola
Public Image Ltd.
Tom Waits
PJ Harvey
early Devo
U.S. Maple
Polvo
The Fiery Furnaces
XTC (from like 1977-1982)
early Royal Trux
The Birthday Party
Oneida
The Shaggs (not inspired by, but very beefheart-like)

A lot of post-punk/new wave stuff from the late 70’s/early 80’s is very beefheart inspired, as is a lot of math rock-type stuff.

Trout Mask Replica, btw, is my favorite album ever. Amazing, life-changing, eye-opening stuff.

Ben Simingt​on

over 4 years ago

Yeah BIRTHDAY PARTY.

When I finally got my hands on a copy of Beefheart’s DOC AT THE RADAR STATION, a lot of things about Tom Wait’s stylistic shift (away from his earliest stuff) and Nick Cave’s The Birthday Party—JUNKYARD—in particular (Big Jesus Trashcan) made a lot more sense all of a sudden. If you were trying to bark up the Pere Ubu tree, I strongly recommend you check out JUNKYARD or PRAYERS ON FIRE for the correct answer.

Oh hell…see/hear for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYoKqfo5jck

Tim

over 4 years ago

One String Sam – I need a 100 dollars

Salem Kapsask​i

over 4 years ago

There is only one Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) in this world, nobody comes close! As mentioned before in this thread;13th Floor Elevators, Minutemen and Birthday Party might all be to your liking! Also check out Butthole Surfers if you don’t know them already. You might also like John Lee Hooker and Cecil Taylor.

Ellie

over 4 years ago

you should maybe listen to the Damien Jurado cd called “On My Way To Absence”
particularly the song, “Sucker”
it will re-ignite your belief in modern musicians, probably.

I B

over 4 years ago

I’ll agree with the mentions of Red Krayola, but I’d recommend Mayo Thompson’s solo album ’Corky’s Debt To His Father’ even more

Elston

almost 4 years ago

check out Scaruffi.com

Eliot Eidelma​n

about 1 year ago

i’m a bit late to join this thread but thought i had some important, (mostly chronological), additions that needed to be mentioned here:

BEETHOVEN (esp. late string quartets)
CHARLES IVES
BELA BARTOK
IGOR STRAVINSKY
EDGAR VARESE

SON HOUSE
ROBERT JOHNSON
MISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL

THELONIOUS MONK
JOHN COLTRANE
CHARLES MINGUS

JAMES BROWN
SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS

RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK
ALBERT AYLER
MILES DAVIS

RISING SONS/RY COODER/TAJ MAHAL
LITTLE FEAT
THE ROLLING STONES ‘66-’68

NIGHT TRIPPER-ERA DR. JOHN ‘68-’71
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN / KINGDOM COME
SYD BARRETT-ERA PINK FLOYD
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO
CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

MALLARD (trout mask-era magic band)
BUCKWHEAT (tragic-era tragic band)

THE TUBES
TELEVISION
RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS
DNA

PATIFE BAND
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

REPERCUSSION UNIT
NAKED CITY
HENRY KAISER

THE WHITE STRIPES
TY SEGALL/MIKAL CRONIN

REALIZATION ORCHESTRA
GENTLEMAN SURFER
WHY I MUST BE CAREFUL
OMELET/BUFOONICUS SPECTACULUS/SHITTY BEDFORD

MERIDIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE ALBUM “PRIME MERIDIAN”
cover bands: BIG EYED BEANS FROM VENUS, VAN GOO, and of course the john french-led MAGIC BAND

already mentioned and totally agreed with: howlin’ wolf, muddy waters, john lee hooker, ornette coleman, cecil taylor, mothers of invention, soft machine, henry cow, residents, tom waits, the minutemen, early meat puppets, devo, pere ubu, the birthday party, u.s. maple

Eliot Eidelma​n

about 1 year ago

also,

HARRY PARTCH

HUBERT SUMLIN

SUN RA & HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA

THE WHO

KING CRIMSON

FRENCH FRITH KAISER THOMPSON

Christo​fer Pierson

about 1 year ago

Michacu and the Shapes is a relatively new experimental band from England that seems inspired by Beefheart (though even more by Harry Partch, in that they invent instruments).

Another interesting young genius who follows her own drum beat is Merrill Garbus and Tune-Yards.

You could also try making a Beefheart Pandora station to find some others.

locust furnace

about 1 year ago

Jandek. He’s an outsider artist like Captain Beefheart and his music has a similar bluesy feeling…but no one sounds like Jandek but Jandek. (and I second Sun City Girls. Horse Cock Phepner is my fav album of theirs. Sir Richard Bishop on his own is pretty fantastic too!)

Flint Tackens​dale

12 months ago

RUSTIC HINGE and POLKAHOLICS are the closest to beefheart i’ve encountered