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Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band — Lick My Decals Off, Baby (December 1970)

 Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band — Lick My Decals Off, Baby 
≈•≈   Je to stále v první řadě práce, vzdorující snadné klasifikaci, ale zvuk je nyní jasnější, prostředky soudržnější. Titulní skladba práskne ven z chléva přesnými kytarovými linkami a pečlivě kontrolovanými bicími, šokující harmoniemi. Ty Beefheart rozbíjí svou obchodní známkou, kňučí a vrčí, když skočí do linky: “I wanna lick you where it's pink/In everywhere you think,” a pouhá síla jeho podivnosti okamžitě přeruší kapelu, vyvrhující zvuky do pečlivě řízeného chaosu — Beefheartovy speciality.
≈•≈   Born Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart was one of modern music's true innovators.
≈•≈   Critic Robert Christgau said of the record: “Beefheart's famous five–octave range and covert totalitarian structures have taken on a playful undertone, repulsive and engrossing and slapstick funny.” Lester Bangs noted the maturation of the musical styles and lyrical concerns of Trout Mask Replica, writing that Beefheart's music was one of the most rewarding musical experiences available today.”
≈•≈   Due to John Peel's championing of the work on BBC radio, Lick My Decals Off, Baby spent eleven weeks on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number twenty. This remains Beefheart's highest–charting album in the UK.
Birth name: Don Glen Vliet
Also known as: Captain Beefheart, Bloodshot Rollin' Red
Born: January 15, 1941, Glendale, California, US
Died: December 17, 2010, Arcata, California, US
Released: December 1970
Recorded: May 1970, United Recording Corporation, Hollywood, California
Record Label: Reprise / Bizarre/Sraight Records/Rhino (R2 70364)
Duration:     39:38
01. Lick My Decals Off, Baby    2:38
02. Doctor Dark    2:46
03. I Love You, You Big Dummy    2:54
04. Peon    2:24
05. Bellerin' Plain    3:35
06. Woe–Is–uh–Me–Bop    2:04
07. Japan in a Dishpan    3:00
08. I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have to Go    1:54
09. Petrified Forest    1:41
10. One Red Rose That I Mean    1:54
11. The Buggy Boogie Woogie    2:18
12. The Smithsonian Institute Blues (Or the Big Dig)    2:10
13. Space–Age Couple    2:33
14. The Clouds Are Full of Wine (Not Whiskey or Rye)    2:47
15. Flash Gordon's Ape    4:16
℗ 1970 Warner Bros Record. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
≈•≈   All songs written and composed by Don Van Vliet.
•   Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) — vocals, harmonica, saxophone
•   Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad) — guitar, slide guitar
•   Rockette Morton (Mark Boston) — bass guitar
•   Drumbo (John French) — drums, percussion
•   Ed Marimba (Art Tripp) — drums, percussion, marimba
≈•≈   Mark Boston Bass, Guitar
≈•≈   Captain Beefheart Clarinet (Bass), Guitar, Harmonica, Performer, Producer, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Unknown Contributor Role, Vocals
≈•≈   Drumbo Percussion
≈•≈   John French Drums
≈•≈   Jerry Handley Bass
≈•≈   Bill Harkleroad Guitar
≈•≈   The Mascara Snake Clarinet
≈•≈   Douglas Moon Guitar
≈•≈   Rockette Morton Guitar (Bass)
≈•≈   Zoot Horn Rollo Guitar
≈•≈   Antennae Jimmy Semens Guitar
≈•≈   Art Tripp Marimba, Percussion
≈•≈   Don Van Vliet Composer
Review, Steve Huey, AMG / SCORE: ****½
≈•≈   Produced by Captain Beefheart himself, Lick My Decals Off, Baby was a further refining and exploration of the musical ideas posited on Trout Mask Replica. As such, the imaginative fervor of Trout Mask is toned down somewhat, but in its place is an increased self–assurance; the tone of Decals is also a bit darker, examining environmental issues in some songs rather than simply concentrating on surreal wordplay. Whatever the differences, the jagged, complex rhythms and guitar interplay continue to amaze. Those wanting to dig deeper after the essential Trout Mask Replica are advised to begin doing so here.
Short description:
≈•≈    You can't learn this stuff in music school. Like in the album before, the tracks take some getting used to, although if you're used to "Trout Mask Replica" it shouldn't be too hard to adjust. These songs really meet you on their terms though, not yours, and if you can't dig it, then that's just too freakin' bad. And if you think I'm being a cock, that's the album talking, I'm just the messenger, and don't shoot the messenger, unless you're hungry....and a cannibal. A term often used to describe a lot of Post–punk music (in a way this is proto–post–punk) is "angular", but trust me guy, this album makes Joy Division and Gang of Four seem like bubblegum music. Musically. ≈•≈   Lyrically it's quite playful. The guitar playing can come across as sloppy at first, as if he's just, like, slappin' it or something, but, y'know, he's not, he's a genius, these commas gonna put me in a coma.
Lyrics "Lick My Decals Off, Baby"
Rather than I want to hold your hand,
I wanna swallow you whole
‘n I wanna lick you everywhere it’s pink
‘n everywhere you think
Whole kit ‘n kaboodle ‘n the kitchen sink
Heaven’s sexy as hell
Life is integrated,
Goes together so well
‘n so on
Well, I’m gonna go on ‘n do my washing
Well, now you may think I’m crazy but I want you to
Lick my decals off baby
‘n I don’t want you to be lazy
’cause it’s drivin’ me crazy
‘n this song ain’t no sing-song
It’s all about the birds ‘n the bees
‘n where it went all wrong
‘n where it all belongs
‘n the earth all go down on their knees
lookin’ for ah little ease
She stuck out her toungue ‘n the fun begun
She stuck out her toungue ‘n the fun begun
She stuck it out at me, ‘n I just thumbed my nose
‘n went on washing my clothes
Originally made available at Justin Sherill’s Home Page Replica.
≈•≈   Coming off of the liberating heels of 1970's "Trout Mask Replica", Don Van Vliet first changed the name of his band from "His Magic Band" to "The Magic Band" and proceeded to record another tight, vigorous, arrhythmic sonic landscape. Though this album doesn't have quite the free form feeling of its precedessor (which included tape recorder chants, false starts, off microphone chatter, and lots of interesting other random tidbits), it stretches the boundaries of rock music in much the same manner. ≈•≈   "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" includes 15 autonomous and amazingly crafted songs. Almost as if someone took the "Trout Mask" sessions, applied a razor to the inbetweens and said "THERE! Those are the songs! Now stop it with all that other nonsense!" In this way "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" sounds like an "organized" and only slightly less spontaneous "Trout Mask". This more structured arrangement may have emerged from Van Vliet's alleged desire to actually start making money from The Magic Band. Apparently the previous drummer left after "Trout Mask" and was lured back by a promise of potential cash. In some ways Van Vliet succeeded. The album climbed to number 20 on the UK charts.
≈•≈   Regardless of its commercial status, this album remains one of the band's true masterpieces. The angular and staccato rhythms of "Trout Mask" clank and crunge here with an equal intensity. The title track finds Van Vliet squacking fervently about removing the labels that society affixes to us distracted folk. Apparently many in the early 1970s read the title saliciously (and lines such as "She stuck out her tongue 'n the fun begun" probably didn't help). But some claim that an executive dubbed the title "obscene" just to avoid having to play the album's surreal promotional film (the original of which now belongs to a museum) on the air. "Woe–is–uh–Me–Bop" provides one of the best examples of Van Vliet's fusion of free jazz and blues. The hilarious world play in "I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go" approaches a psychic toungue–twisting level. And "The Smithsonian Institute Blues" continues Van Vliet's theme of humanity's impending downfall — unless we change our ways: "The new dinosaur is walkin' in the old one's shoes" and "All you new dinosaurs / Now it's up t'you t'choose / 'fore your feet hit the tar, you better kick off them old shoes". "The Clouds Are Full of Wine" features Van Vliet's vocals floating rather pleasantly over a layer of cacophony like a bird soaring over a bomb site. And "Flash Gordon's Ape" pulls out all of the stops. A literal typhoon of sound rises up and mercilessly attacks. Somehow it still manages to hold together as a song, incredible as that seems. It definitely leaves an impression at the album's closing.
≈•≈   "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" marks the end of The Magic Band's early extrusions into the avant garde. Beefheart's next four albums gradually toned down his trademark cacophony and angularity. Some fans even accused him of "going commercial". Not until 1978's "Shiny Beast" did Beefheart once again begin to re–explore the musical terrain he left behind here. Why the shift occurred remains open to speculation. And Van Vliet continued to give vague cryptic answers as to why. Regardless, he left behind a string of masterpieces upon his "retirement" in 1982. "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" remains one of them.
≈•≈   Lastly, at the time of the writing this album still langours unjustly with an "out of print" status. Non–bootlegged fresh copies thus fetch treasure trove prices. Which is too bad for those who want to hear this masterwork. Hopefully someone will take a brave stand and make this incredible work readily available again.≈•≈   http://fzreview.blogspot.com/
Review by TheJonneh123 | January 5th, 2014 | Score: 4.5
≈•≈   http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/60407/Captain-Beefheart-and-His-Magic-Band-Lick-My-Decals-Off-Baby/
Posted by Jake, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2010
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