“May the baby Jesus shut your mouth and open your mind.”

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band – “I’m Glad” from Safe as Milk (1967)

This is one of the more listenable Beefheart tunes. This whole record is made particularly great thanks to Ry Cooder on guit-box.

Don’t believe me? Then check out the Magic Band doing “Electricity” (also from SaM) on the beach. Incredible.

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Posted by Jordy

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9 responses to ““May the baby Jesus shut your mouth and open your mind.”

  1. glennlester

    Wow, this is great! Somehow the more fractured Beefheart jams make more sense after hearing his soul-man belting here.

  2. Jordy

    Yeah – the man could sing, that’s for sure.

  3. Jordy

    I just noticed that in that video of ‘Electricity,’ Beefheart SINGS the theramin part. What other man could make his voice sound like a theramin? Maybe that guy from ‘Police Academy.’

  4. Ben Ward

    I hope that by “more listenable” you mean that the song can serve as a point of entry into the greater expanses of the Beefheart cannon. I’m particularly fond of this clip/hairdo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu9fOcIzYNQ

    Also don’t you think that Michael Winslow is tired of being referred to as “that guy from ‘Police Academy'”?

  5. Jordy

    Ben, I agree with your approach to Beefheart’s work. But you have to admit that ‘Trout Mask Replica’ is a bit more challenging than ‘Safe as Milk.’

    As for Michael Winslow, he’s probably more than happy to have what little notoriety he does.

    Anyway, thanks for reading.

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  8. “May the baby Jesus shut your mouth and open your mind.” is a quote taken off of a Blues Project poster for the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco in 1966 by the Family Dog.

    Please give credit where credit is due.

    • Hal

      I’ve been trying to find a copy of this poster ever since I foolishly didn’t buy it at Spencer Gifts when it first came out. Any idea where I might find one? Many thanks.

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