Andrew Bowsher
 
1. NAME: Andrew Bowsher

2. DATE OF BIRTH: 22/07/85

3. OCCUPATION: Student (care worker in the Summer…)

4. PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Home is Porthcawl, in South Wales. College is Oxford Uni, England.

5. WHAT YEAR DID YOU BECOME A FAN?: 2000?
 

6.  BEEFHEART ALBUMS IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE:
 
 
SAFE AS MILK : _____________________ 3
MIRROR MAN : _____________________11
STRICTLY PERSONAL :  _____________ 10
TROUT MASK REPLICA :  ____________1
LICK MY DECALS OFF BABY :  _______ 4
SPOTLIGHT KID :___________________  6
CLEAR SPOT :  ____________________    7
UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED :  9
BLUE JEANS & MOONBEAMS :  _____12
SHINY BEAST :   _ ________________   _8
DOC AT THE RADAR STATION :   ____2
ICE CREAM FOR CROW : __________ _5
7. TOP 10 OTHER ACTS:
 
1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Bob Dylan
3. Tim Buckley
4. Miles Davis
5. Syd Barrett (and Syd’s Floyd)
6. Nick Drake
7. Blind Willie McTell
8. Nirvana
9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds/TheBirthday Party
10. Hayden (Canadian singer-songwriter worth checking out)
No order to this of course, and better luck next time Coltrane, you may just win my heart and enter the list.
 

8. NUMBER OF ALBUMS  OWNED: 350-400 ish

9. HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND,
AND WAS THERE A PARTICULAR SONG THAT MADE YOU SEE THE LIGHT?:

I saw the ‘Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart’ and ‘Some YoYo Stuff’ documentaries on BBC, and thought they were pretty cool (as you would). My brother sampled Trout Mask, and we appreciated its complexity without actually listening to it. I persevered, although tracks blended one into the other for me, except ‘Hair Pie: Bake 1’ which had so many great tunes in it (sax, bass and guitar, let alone the drums). It made the rest of Trout Mask make sense, though oddly the most compelling thing about good Beefheart (that voice) isn’t
on the track except I guess for the spiel at the end…

10. NUMBER OF BEEFHEART  GIGS SEEN,  AND WHICH YEARS:
Too young to have seen him sadly

11. ART SHOWS VISITED:
I’d love to see those paintings in the flesh

12. ANY CONTACT WITH DON?:
You know Don has this psychic power? Well I was dreaming the other day that I was lying in bed and there were two guys in my room, one telling me how good my speech on ‘exodus’ was (?), and the other was
DVV. He said ‘You know, you should get up’, and as the ‘p’ popped my alarm went off. Strange.. but that’s my contact with the Captain I guess.

13. MUSICAL ABILITY / TRAINING:
Highly competent jazz/blues/folk guitarist (electric and acoustic) and a mean blower on that mouth harp

14. ANY OTHER INFO YOU WISH TO ADD?
Interests in anthropology and the like, best book I’ve read is ‘ask the dust’ by john Fante, and basically I just love music and it is a useful frame over which to drape your life.


 
 
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