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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, March 12, 2009
    They're cutting the beaks off of penguins
     

    Letterman: Now you have an interesting name yourself. Can you tell us a little of the origin of Captain Beefheart?

    Van Vliet: Captain Beefheart - a beef in my heart against this society.

    Letterman: Mmm-huh.

    Van Vliet: They're cutting the beaks off of penguins down at the marina in LA, you know that, the water.

    Letterman: No I didn't ....

    Van Vliet: They're cutting the beaks off of penguins. Off of, uh not uh (waves hands in impersonation of penguin), off of pelicans. Cutting the beaks off of pelicans. The top beak, y'know... (mimes action of cutting top beaks off of pelicans)

    Letterman: I know, I know, but why are they doing that?

    Van Vliet: I don't know but I'd sure like to find who's doing that because...

    Letterman: Yeah, that's...

    Van Vliet: ...they need a spankin'.

    Letterman: It's cruel, if er, if er, if in fact that's the case, that seems like it might be cruel.

    Van Vliet: Not right.

    Letterman: No.

    Van Vliet: No.
    This and many more wonderful passages - many of them visual / aural - on Captain Beefheart on David Letterman which now fronts my otherwise almost abandoned mySpace page. Pretty much all a simple soul requires on a Thursday evening.

    Myspace.com screenshot: Captain Beefheart on David Letterman