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The Mothers Of Invention - 100% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This celebrated band was formed in 1964 when guitarist Frank Zappa (Frank Vincent Zappa, 21 December 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 4 December 1993, Los Angeles, California, USA) replaced Ray Hunt in the Soul Giants, a struggling R&B-based bar band. Ray Collins (b. 19 November 1937, USA; vocals), Dave Coronado (saxophone), Roy Estrada (b. 17 April 1943, Santa Ana, Ca Read more

The Mothers of Invention - 100% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Red Crayola - 77% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Red Krayola - 77% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Despite several contrasting line-ups, Red Crayola (also spelt Red Krayola) remains the vision of Mayo Thompson. He formed the Houston, Texas-based group in July 1966 with drummer Rick Barthelme, although several other individuals, including future country star Guy Clark, were temporary members until Steve Cunningham (bass) joined two months later. The group’s set initially Read more

Pere Ubu - 76% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 1975, and taking their name from Alfred Jarry’s play, Pere Ubu evolved from several of the region’s experimental bands, including Rocket From The Tombs and Foggy And The Shrimps. Their initial line-up, comprising David Thomas (1953, Miami, Florida, USA; vocals), Peter Laughner (b. Peter Ravenscroft Laughner, 22 August 1952, Clevela Read more

Frank Zappa - 74% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Big Band & Swing Classical Comedy Instrumental Jazz Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frank Vincent Zappa, 21 December 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 4 December 1993, Los Angeles, California, USA. Zappa’s parents were second-generation Sicilian Greeks; his father played ‘strolling crooner’ guitar. At the age of 12 Frank, who had relocated to California with his family, became interested in drums, learning orchestral percussion at summer sch Read more

Can - 69% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Cologne, Germany and originally known as Inner Space, this innovative and influential experimental unit was founded by two students of modern classical music, Irmin Schmidt (29 May 1937, Berlin, Germany; keyboards) and Holger Czukay (b. 24 March 1938, Danzig, Germany; bass). They embraced certain elements of rock ‘n’ roll with the addition of Michael Karo Read more

Faust - 61% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
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The United States Of America - 57% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 2000s
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Formed in 1967 by New York-born electronics composer Joseph Byrd (Tucson, Arizona, USA). The rest of the line-up comprised University of California Los Angeles students Dorothy Moskowitz (vocals), Gordon Marron (electric violin), Rand Forbes (bass) and Craig Woodson (drums). The quintet’s lone, self-titled album, a biting satire on contemporary America, featured several Read more

The Residents - 56% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Documentaries Electronic & Ambient Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Despite a recording career spanning four decades, the Residents have successfully - and deliberately - achieved an air of wilful obscurity. Mindful of the cult of personality, they studiously retain an anonymity and refuse to name personnel, thus ensuring total artistic freedom. The most common disguise worn by the members for their multi-media stage show is a giant eyeball mas Read more

Soft Machine - 53% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded in 1966, the original line-up was Robert Wyatt (Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945, Bristol, England; drums/vocals), Kevin Ayers (b. 16 August 1944, Herne Bay, Kent, England; vocals), Daevid Allen (b. 13 January 1938, Melbourne, Australia), Mike Ratledge and, very briefly, guitarist Larry Nolan. By autumn 1967 the classic line-up of the Soft Machine’s art-r Read more

Henry Cow - 49% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This uncompromising left-field rock band was formed in 1968 at Cambridge University, England by Fred Frith (17 February 1949, Heathfield, East Sussex, England; guitar, violin, piano, voice) and Chris Cutler (b. 4 January 1947, Washington, DC, USA; drums, piano, voice). Tim Hodgkinson (b. 1 May 1949, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; keyboards, alto saxophone, clarinet, voice), Read more

Sun City Girls - 47% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1982 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, this wildly eclectic and disorientating underground trio evolved from a local band named Paris 1984 (who also featured Maureen Tucker of the Velvet Underground). Sun City Girls was officially formed in 1982 by brothers Alan Bishop and Richard Bishop and percussionist Charles Gocher (1953, USA, d. 19 February 2007, Seattle, USA). Their Read more

Amon Duul II - 46% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This inventive act evolved out of a commune based in Munich, Germany. The collective spilt into two factions in 1968 following an appearance at the Essen Song Days Festival where that supported the Mothers Of Invention and the Fugs. The political wing, known as Amon Düül, did record four albums, but Amon Düül II was recognized as the musical faction. Drawing Read more

13th Floor Elevators - 45% match to Captain Beefheart

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Austin, Texas, USA in 1965, this influential psychedelic rock band evolved from the nucleus of the Lingsmen, a popular local attraction. The original line-up included Stacey Sutherland (guitar), Benny Thurman (bass), John Ike Walton (drums) and Max Rainey (vocals), but the latter was replaced by Roky Erickson (Roger Kynard Erickson, 15 July 1947, Dallas, Texas, USA Read more


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