"The King of the Avant Garde. The Creator of "Trout Masked Replica". Beefheart is a prime example of an unappreciated genius although he made himself this due to his lack of interest in touring and his quiting of the music industry in 1982. A legend died in 2010 but few mourned him.
"He sang "Ice Cream for Crows." We have no idea why.
Case History: Avant-garde blues shouter Beefheart was abrasive, tyrannical and possibly clinically mad. While recording 1969's Trout Mask Replica, he locked his Magic Band in a house for eight months; once a week someone was allowed out to fetch food. In the meantime, his musicians struggled to interpret the music he was "writing" on the piano, an instrument he couldn't actually play.
Craziest Moment: Giving the Magic Band new names to match "