Captain Beefheart

Signed with A&M Records in 1964. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band recorded enough songs for an album while signed to A&M Records. Jerry Moss refused to release the album saying the music was "too negative" and dropped Captain Beefheart from the label. The singles because the Safe As Milk album on another label.

Captain Beefheart's official web site added that Jerry Moss felt the song "Electricity" "wouldn't be good for my daughter."

  1. This Is Your Captain Speaking. Cole Springer. Trouser Press, February 1979.
  2. The Captain Beefheart Radar Station (website)--Re-achieving Naivety. Originally in The Independent, August 21, 1994.
Recording Years / Label
1966 -  A&M Records
1986 -  Virgin Records
Name Member Years Instruments
Alex St. Clair 1966 guitar
Don Van Vliet 1966-1986 vocals, sax, harp, gong, harmonica, bass clarinet
Doug Moon 1966 guitar
Jerry Handley 1966 bass
Paul Blakeley 1966 drums
Robert Arthur Williams 1986 drums
Jeff Tepper 1986 guitar
Eric Feldman 1986 bass, synthesizer, mellotron, p Iano
Bruce Fowler 1986 trombone
John French 1986 guitar, marimba, bass, drums
Gary Lucas 1986 guitar
Richard Redus 1986 accordion, bass, guitar
Art Tripp 1986 drums
Name Birth Death
Alex St. Clair 1941-09-14 2006-01-05
Don Van Vliet 1941-01-15 2010-12-17
Doug Moon 1964-02-19
Jerry Handley
Paul Blakeley
Robert Arthur Williams
Jeff Tepper
Eric Feldman 1955-04-16
Bruce Fowler 1947-07-10
John French 1948-09-29
Gary Lucas 1952-06-20
Richard Redus
Art Tripp 1944-09-10

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