on Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

"It's freeform with discipline",
on Captain Beefheart's artistry.

on Dropout Boogie track from the album, Safe as Milk,
"It's hard to choose a Beefheart track because I like them all. This is early, dead short, and very simple for him. I was 16 when I first heard him. I bought Strictly Personal, which was a budget album. When you're at school that's all you can afford and then I took it from there. I like the way he kept trying really hard despite never getting recognition and then just stopped. His music is so well worked out, he did things with guitars that no one else has ever done. He'd get the drummer to play along to the main riff, which is really revolutionary stuff. He was tagged with that '60's sound but that wasn't him at all. I think he suffered from the Zappa connection too; for me the two of them are polar opposites."

"Personally, I think it is Strictly Personal. The one he (Don Van Vliet) didn't like..." 
asked which of Captian Beefheart's records he thinks was their best, interviewed at Green Man Festival, Wales, August 2015

Mark E. Smith, on Orange Claw Hammer from Trout Mask Replica,
"This is just the Captain singing with no backing. It's a really good poem about a sailor who finds his daughter. It's very moving, very emotive. Trout Mask Replica's a fantastic album but probably not the best introduction to Beefheart. It tends to drive people mad when they first hear it."