Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The White Stripes - Party of Special Things to Do (Captain Beefheart cover)


The White Stripes covering Captain Beefheart...how cool. This comes from a limited edition Sub Pop 7" the band released in 2000. I dig it a lot, though allmusic doesn't seem to think so. Then again, the reviewer appears to be a bit confused, thinking only the third track is a Captain Beefheart cover where in actuality they all are. "This record has a noisy, undeniably iconoclastic power, but unfortunately, it seems like you've heard it before". Yeah, since they're covers, dumbass.

On that note I'm going to disagree with this being a "skuzzy thump-and-grind number" and instead say that it's a great cover that certainly does the original justice. The guitar tone really rocks. Besides from that, it doesn't stray from the original too much though is more rock oriented than the psych-blues Beefheart version.

The White Stripes - Party of Special Things to Do

It doesn't beat the original though which has a great introduction that the White Stripes cut out, instead beginning with the "Stiff wind blows line."

Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band - Party of Special Things to Do

"The camel wore a nightie...

At the party of special things to do

When the stiff wind blows
The flag don't wiggle
In the party of special things to do

I met the Ace of Love
She took me to her plantation
For love without separation
In the party of special things to do
I could happen to me
It could happen to you

I met the Ace of Love
She said I want you to go
To a party of special things to do
And when you're through
I'll be right here waiting for you
Here take these sparks
So that my distant cousins can get along with you
Watch out for the Mirror Man
And Elixir Sue

Spoken: When I got to the party of special things to do it wasn't hard
to find Elixir Sue. I met all the cars, the wild cards, the One-Eye
Jills, the Red Queen. She turned her head, you know what I mean, she
turned it back and said, "I got a brand new game I want to lay on
you..."

I met them all
At the party of special things to do
When I was done
I was far from through
I returned to the Ace of Love
Now wouldn't you?"



Captain Beefheart rules. He still doesn't get dues for how influential his music was on today's experimental scene. To this day,
Trout Mask Replica is one of the craziest, most bizarre albums I've ever heard and to think what it would sound like in 1967. Wow.

Captain Beefheart - The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology @Amazon.com

The White Stripes @ Amazon.com

1 comment:

David said...

I can tell you that to an acid head in 1967 Trout Mask Replica sounded perfectly normal. Everything else sounded bizarre.