In late 1978 Don was touring to promote the release of Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller). At the end of October or beginning of November he called in at the studios of  KROQ Pasadena for an interview with Darryl Wayne and to answer questions from fans over the phone. Wife Jan is also in attendance and can be heard speaking to Don briefly. (Note: the information given on YouTube is mostly incorrect. The correct date and album details are given above and can be confirmed by Don’s mention of Richard Redus as being in the touring band.) Take a listen:Read More →

The CD version has been long out of print but Rhino have announced the re-release of I’m Going To Do What I’m Gonna Do as a two disc vinyl album for Record Store Day 2023. The first time on vinyl this will be a limited edition of 5000 to be released on 22 April 2023 with a price tag of 39.98USD. At the time of writing it is not clear whether copies will be able from non-US outlets. Originally released back in 2000 in the Rhino Handmade Series this album is of the excellent 1978 My Fathers Place, NY show which was widely bootlegged backRead More →

Song List Volume 1 Side One Tropical Hot Dog Night Nowadays A Woman’s Got To Hit A Man Owed T’Alex Dropout Boogie Side Two Harry Irene Abba Zaba Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles Old Fart At Play Well Ice Rose Moonlight On Vermont Volume 2 Side One Floppy Boot Stomp You Know You’re A Man Bat Chain Puller Side Two My copy is pressed with the same tracks as side 2 of Volume 1! Can anyone confirm if copies are available with the rest of the show on side 2 of Volume 2? Radar Station Overview A French (well, it says ‘Made inRead More →

Song List Disc One Tropical Hot Dog Night Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man Owed T’Alex Dropout Boogie Harry Irene Abba Zaba Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles Old Fart At Play Well Ice Rose Disc Two Moonlight On Vermont The Floppy Boot Stomp You Know You’re A Man Bat Chain Puller Apes Ma When I See A Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy Veteran’s Day Poppy Safe As Milk Suction Prints Radar Station Overview Recorded at My Father’s Place, New York on 18th November 1978. Broadcast on WLIR FM 11th December 1978. A 2 CD set of this excellent show. The date given forRead More →

I'm Going To Do What I Wanna Do: Live At My Father's Place, 1978

Originally an Internet-only legitimate live album release from Rhino Handmade. Limited to 5,000 copies and individually numbered. Note: This release is no longer available from Rhino Handmade. However, there are copies being sold by some record shops. Whether these are some of the 5,000 or a separate release from Rhino I am not sure. Track list Disc one [approximately 73:50 total time] Tropical Hot Dog Night 4:36 Nowadays A Woman’s Gotta Hit A Man 5:07 Owed T’ Alex 5:20 Dropout Boogie 3:13 Harry Irene 3:46 Abba Zaba 3:44 Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles 4:12 Old Fart At Play 2:26 Well 3:55 Ice RoseRead More →

Recording details Date – 1978 Studio – Automatt, San Francisco Producer – Don Van Vliet, Pete Johnson Engineer – Glen Kolotkin, Jeffrey Norman Musicians Don Van Vliet – vocals, harmonica, sax Jeff Moris Tepper – guitar Richard Redus – guitar, bass, accordion Eric Drew Feldman – bass, piano, synthesiser Bruce Fowler – trombone, air bass Robert Arthur Williams – drums Art Tripp – marimba, percussion See Leach’s Listings for a thorough guide to who did what on Shiny Beast, compiled for the Radar Station by Jasper Leach. Track list The Floppy Boot Stomp Tropical Hot Dog Night Ice Rose Harry Irene You Know You’re A Man BatRead More →

As we approached Captain Beefheart for an interview he was remarking to a small gathering of fans seeking photos “I wish I was an octopus, I really do though. I mean, could you imagine standing there octopied like that. No, I mean man, that’s beautiful, really… I love dolphins, and octopus…” We met the Captain [Don Van Vliet] in the parking lot, between concerts at the Red Creek Inn here in Rochester recently, during his North Eastern tour, and recorded the following interview: GREG: [photographing Carl and the Captain holding a ‘Trout Mask Replica’ album, leaning against a white station wagon] Hafta stand back aRead More →