1. NAME: Chris Summerlin
2. DATE OF BIRTH: 11/12/77
"Validation Co-ordinator" for a large electrical metering firm. Yawn. Also part time graphic designer
4. PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Nottingham
5. WHAT YEAR DID YOU BECOME A FAN?: Oooh...1994 maybe
6. BEEFHEART ALBUMS IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE:
SAFE AS MILK : ____________________2=
MIRROR MAN : ____________________6
STRICTLY PERSONAL : ____________ 3
TROUT MASK REPLICA : ___________ 2=
LICK MY DECALS OFF BABY : ______ 2=
SPOTLIGHT KID :__________________ 5
CLEAR SPOT : ____________________ 1
UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED : 9
BLUE JEANS & MOONBEAMS : ______
SHINY BEAST : _ _________________ 7
DOC AT THE RADAR STATION : ___ 4
ICE CREAM FOR CROW : __________ 8
In no particular order (and with omissions I'll no doubt later remember and regret)
1. JOHN FAHEY
2. BLACK SABBATH
3. PALACE BROTHERS
4. NATION OF ULYSSES
5. SONNY SHARROCK
8. BOB TILTON
9. JOHN COLTRANE
10. DIRTY THREE
8. NUMBER OF ALBUMS OWNED: At a guess 500
9. HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND,
AND WAS THERE A PARTICULAR SONG THAT MADE YOU SEE THE LIGHT?:
My friend Phill loaned me a tape of Trout Mask (which I still have - oops) and it made a real impression - neither positive or negative. I formed a band with Phill which 8 years later and I am still in it (I think a lot of people have this experience with Beefheart fans they get acquainted with). Moonlight On Vermont hit me first time then I had a "second wind" for Beefheart about 3 years ago which was stirred by "Circumstances" and the Clear Spot Lp in general.
10. NUMBER OF BEEFHEART GIGS SEEN, AND WHICH YEARS: I wish
11. ART SHOWS VISITED: Again, I wish
12. ANY CONTACT WITH DON?:
Ditto. I've been in contact with Bill Harkleroad a bit but never Don. I also once met Eric Drew Feldman in a bizarre incident as a kid.
13. MUSICAL ABILITY / TRAINING:
I play guitar but as to training - none and as for ability - hmmm
14. ANY OTHER INFO YOU WISH TO ADD?
I play in a few bands - Wolves!(of Greece), Reynolds, Last Of The Real Hard Men, The Lords. I don't have a CD writer but I can tape or Minidisc anything for interested parties if you'll forgive the sales pitch tone of this.
Wolves is at http://thewolvesofgreece.tripod.com and is a very loud, very fast disjointed noisy style thing - there's also a gig that went out live on John Peel which you might be able to get still at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt
Reynolds is at www.diskant.net/reynolds and there's 2 albums and various singles and Peel sessions listed there.
Last Of The Real Hard Men is me solo, sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric. Instrumental and Fahey influenced. I have done a lot of small run CDs for friends etc and Peel played a Fahey cover I did on his show (god bless him). There are some compilations with tracks on too. Info is at the same web address as Reynolds.
The Lords is in "embryonic" stages but is a 3 piece consisting of 2 guitars (through bass amps) and drums. Formed purely because the other 2 members are Beefheart nuts actually.