Captain Beefheart, the iconoclastic rocker with the gravely voice of a Delta bluesman, hardwired to the lyrical stream-of-consciousness of James Joyce and William Burroughs, is dead at the age of 69 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Born Don Vliet in 1941, the singer was an early associate of Frank Zappa—both spent their teenage years in the Southern California desert community of Lancaster—before moving to Los Angeles and taking the rock world by storm in the mid-’60s. The frontman for Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band is best remembered for mindboggling classic early albums Trout Mask Replica, Strictly Personal, Safe As Milk and Lick My Decals Off, Baby. Beefheart employed a brilliant backing outfit during his halcyon years composed of larger-than-life characters who assumed the names of Zoot Horn Rollo, Rockette Morton, Winged Eel Fingerling and Drumbo French. Musicians would sometimes drift back and forth between Beefheart’s Magic Band and Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. It wasn’t surprising that Beefheart’s hardscrabble caterwaul seemed equally at home in cutting-edge art galleries as it did in post-hippie rock halls. Beefheart, under the name Don Van Vliet, was as well known for his inimitable paintings, dripping with a lavish color sense, as he was for his incendiary music. The Sundazed family is deeply saddened by the passing of this multi-talented musical genius.
The Trashmen’s immortal rock ‘n’ roll classic “Surfin’ Bird” continues to demonstrate its timeless appeal this holiday season. The beloved 1963 garage-surf anthem is currently at the center of a successful grass-roots campaign in Britain to return the 47-year-old song to the upper reaches of the pop charts.
This holiday season, a cadre of British rock ‘n’ roll fanatics—represented by a Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/birdbirdbirdistheword) that boasts over 620,000 members—has mounted an audacious campaign that has already pushed the song to the Number Three spot on the U.K. charts, alongside the likes of the Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna. The effort, originally launched by “Birdman Jack,” has achieved this unprecedented feat by encouraging its members to purchase the song.
Our December 2010 releases are now available!
Our lineup of releases for December 2010 includes a landmark LP by the Yardbirds in a rare MONO mix; a career-spanning selection of highlights from influential UK soul/funk/jazz visionaries, the New Mastersounds; and a 7” single by the Trashmen with two sides of gleeful, unhinged garage and surf abandon.
The Remains will be inducted into The Boston Music Awards’ Hall of Fame. The event will take place during the BMA’s annual Awards Show, on Sunday, December 5th at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The festivities begin at 7PM and will feature three venues of bands & DJs. The Awards Ceremony begins at 8:45 and The Remains will perform at 10:30PM.
Tickets to the 2010 Boston Music Awards show can be found HERE.
Our sincere congratulations to the Remains for this well deserved honor!
Check out the Remains on Sundazed HERE!
ON CARDINAL-RED COLORED VINYL!
In November 1963, the Trashmen came roaring out of the frozen, landlocked expanses of Minnesota to shake the foundations of Western culture with their debut release “Surfin’ Bird.” Two and a half minutes of gleeful, unhinged garage abandon, it set a standard for transcendent teen dementia that’s never been bested! In the early months of ’64, just as Beatlemania was beginning to hit America, the Bird ascended to the Number Four spot on Billboard’s singles chart, as well as becoming a seminal smash in such far-flung locales as Australia, Sweden, Mexico and Venezuela.
Nearly half a century later, these hearty heartland heroes are still rocking up a storm, and their signature tune’s iconic status is stronger than ever, recurring in numerous movies, TV shows and commercials, and inspiring cover versions by the Ramones, the Cramps and countless others. But the original is still the greatest!
Now that the entire world knows that the Bird is the Word, Sundazed Music presents this immortal rock ’n’ roll landmark the way it was first heard in 1963. Paired once again with its equally inspired original B-side “King of the Surf,” this is the ultimate “Surfin’ Bird” experience!!!
Our new 7″ is lovingly pressed on wild cardinal-red vinyl and is accented with a UK style punch-out spindle hole, just for fun!!! Word!!! Bird!!!!
Peter Sando of Gandlaf just sent us these photos of the Halloween appearance by Gandalf at the Music Millennium record store in Portland, OR.