Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Overheard at Table 2: Beefheart vs Zappa

1: yeah, but what about Captain Beefheart?
2: what about Captain Beefheart?
1: he was as brilliant as Zappa
3: whoa there, I think that's going overboard.
4: really, nobody was as brilliant as Zappa.
1: Beefheart was . . .
2: you know, that's what i always hate: i'm talking Zappa, and every time somebody throws
Beefheart in my face. never fails! every single time!
1: well, he just never got the same airplay as Zappa, so he never got the exposure.
2: he never got the exposure because he was never that good.
4: well, I like him, I think he was good, I mean, Trout Mask Replica is one of my favorite albums.
3: still no Zappa, though.
4: right, right.
2: enough already! Let me put it to you like this: there is a difference between experimental and genius. Experimental is saying, "Oh let's throw the guitar on the floor and record the sound that it makes!" That's experimental. Genius is having a sound in your head and eventually realizing that the only way to produce that sound is by throwing your guitar on the floor and recording it. THAT's the difference between Beefheart and Zappa.
3: approach? That's the difference?
2: right - stumbling onto something vs. craft.
4: yeah, but if the same sound is eventually acheived, what's it really matter?
1: yeah, like what i was saying!
2: forget it - let's talk about soccer.

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