YOU'RE SURE NOBODY'S SEEN IT?
inspired by the release of 'doc at the radar station', around september 1980 the english magazine 'new musical express' sent over two guys to captain beefheart for an interview. paul rambali's tales of transmutation from the mojave magic man appeared in the 011180 issue, along with photos which drew international attention to its maker ANTON CORBIJN. that famous star photographer from the dutch music magazine 'oor' in fact came to visit his unknown victim just as a hired craftsman, but eventually left to become one of don's few friends outside the musical scene.
but before that fact took place, don and ton did a photo shooting in beefheart's daily garden while the evening was approaching. all in colour, but as anton was (and is) a 'black-and-white' freak, not many of those shots have been published in full glory. and not all of them were used right away too. so when captain beefheart and the magic band toured holland some weeks later and 'oor' held an interview which would turn out to become de vooruitziende blik van captain beefheart, more shots from that historic meeting were published.
the picture below (wait till i've finished my text, ungrateful!) is one of those. but it's not a photo taken of captain beefheart right after he was dropped on earth.... although he looks like he is curiously wondering in which strange world he has ended up - but that's an on-going dispute - he's probably spying around to be sure nobody saw his soul or hair-do a few moments ago, when he took off his hat....
later, in a caption along the heavy metal interview from 010883 an old fart at play, don would remember:
he [anton] and i were in los angeles, at the la brea tar pits. we were sitting in the car, and i said: 'i'll take you to the right place - the líght place'. we drove out into the desert, and we had fifteen minutes of just the right light. i said: 'i'm a piece of meat, anton. you just put me where you want me'. he just kept saying: 'i don't need to do that, this is fine'. and he told me to take my hat off for a moment, so i took my hat off, and he said: 'that's fine'. it was all done in fifteen minutes. i knew then that these would be the best pictures i had ever seen.
click clack back to the power station
captain beefheart electricity
as felt by teejo