Doc at the Radar Station is the eleventh studio album by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, released in August 1980 to critical acclaim. Although about half of the album's songs are based on old musical ideas, Mike Barnes states that "most of the revamping work built on skeletal ideas and fragments. would have mouldered away in the vaults had they not been exhumed and transformed into full-blown, totally convincing new material".
All selections published by Singing Ink Music (BMI). Album dedicated to Janet Van Vliet and Brian Rohan. 1980 Virgin Records Limited 2-4 Vernon Yard 119 Portobello Road London W11. Virgin issued a Press Pack for the music press to support this Sept 1980 release, containing lyric sheets, photos, etc. (see images). Matrix, Runout (Side A, etched, variant 1): V 2172-A-3.
Many of the songs on Doc either reworked or fully developed unused material composed around the time of the creatively fertile Trout Mask sessions, which adds to the spirited performances. Even if the Captain's voice isn't quite what it once was, Doc at the Radar Station is an excellent, focused consolidation of Beefheart's past and then-present.
Album · 1979 · 12 Songs. Weird Mellotron snippets and gosling saxophone bleats fling color across conflicting rhythms and clashing textures
I had just two albums with Captain Beefheart on it in the LP (vinyl) era: Zappa's Bongo Fury, which he guested on and Doc At The Radar Station. Trout Mask Replica was the first CB CD. That one I really can't recommend. Track by track, this thing smokes. Hot Head" sets a four-note octave-hopping riff in motion, propelled by a Drumbo-like beat by superlative drummer Robert Williams.
Brickbats - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & The MAGIC BAND - Doc at the Radar Station (1980). 07. Dirty Blue Gene - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & The MAGIC BAND - Doc at the Radar Station (1980). 11. Sheriff of Hong Kong - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & The MAGIC BAND - Doc at the Radar Station (1980). 03. Carrot Is As Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & The MAGIC BAND - Doc at the Radar Station (1980). Dirty Blue Gene - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band. 12-Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkey on My Knee (1980-Doc at the Radar Station) - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band. 04 Run Paint Run Run - CAPTAIN BEAFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND.
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band 10-Flavor Bud Living (1980-Doc at the Radar Station). CAPTAIN BEAFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND 11 - Doc at the Radar Station (1980) 04 Run Paint Run Run. (play). CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & The MAGIC BAND - Doc at the Radar Station (1980) 03. Carrot Is As Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond.
If ever there was an artist whose output sums up the word "eclectic" it would be Don Van Vliet, more commonly referred to by his stage name Captain Beefheart. Whether you believe that the man was a genius and a visionary or merely an overrated buffoon, there is no doubt as to his abject refusal to play by the rules. The musical landscape at the time was of course dominated by punk rock and the looming onset of the new wave but Beefheart was anything but a conformist and refused to embrace the contemporary norms.