Jack Briggs.
NAME:   Jack Briggs.

2. DATE OF BIRTH:   1987
 

3. OCCUPATION:   I am studying "Contemporary Photographic Practice" at Northumbria University

4. PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Sunderland, England

5. WHAT YEAR DID YOU BECOME A FAN?:  2001
 

6.  BEEFHEART ALBUMS IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE:
SAFE AS MILK :   _________________   1
MIRROR MAN :   __________________ 8
STRICTLY PERSONAL :     __________ 7
TROUT MASK REPLICA :     _________2
LICK MY DECALS OFF BABY :    _____4
SPOTLIGHT KID :   ________________ 10
CLEAR SPOT :     _________________     9
UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED :11
BLUEJEANS & MOONBEAMS :    ____12
SHINY BEAST :    _________________    5
DOC AT THE RADAR STATION :    ___3
ICE CREAM FOR CROW :__________   6

I can't decide! Numbers 3 - 8 could be in any order!

7. TOP 10 OTHER ACTS:
Mountain
Cream
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Eric Dolphy
John Mclaughlin
Tom Waits
John Cale
West, Bruce and Laing
Sun Ra
Jethro Tull (early)
8. NUMBER OF ALBUMS  OWNED:
Beefheart albums? If so, all studio releases, a few live albums (Somebody in my Home etc), and a few other releases (Dust Sucker etc)
Albums in total, 650+

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

I "discovered" Captain Beefheart around 5 years ago, when looking through my fathers CD's and found Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats". I played it, and was blown away by the guy singing "Willie the Pimp". I then got a loan of"Safe as Milk" from a teacher at school who heard "The Gumbo Variations" through my headphones while sitting in a lesson, and asked if I was a Captain Beefheart fan as well as a Zappa one. At the time, I was not really a fan of either (I was 14 years old at the time), and said he would lend me some stuff. From then on, I was hooked. I went on to buy the albums in order of their release (skipping "Decals" as I couldn't find it anywhere), but had a 3 month lapse in buying after "Bluejeans and Moonbeams". When I got over the trauma of that, I bought "Shiny Beast", and was gutted that I didnt buy it 3 months earlier! I had missed out on 3 months of potential listening time! When I bought "Ice Cream for Crow", and first heard the cowbell ending on "Skeleton Makes Good", I was a really a bit gutted that I head heard it all. There was no more to come after this point. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE listening to the captain, but there is nothing better than listening to something great, that you have never heard before

10. NUMBER OF BEEFHEART  GIGS SEEN, AND WHICH YEARS:  0

11. ART SHOWS VISITED:
At about 17 years old, I was starting to get really into painting, and I looked into Don's paintings a lot. And have amassed quite a collection of brochures from his exhibits, including "Stand up to be Discontinued", two MINT copies of Skeleton Breath Scorpion Blush.

12. ANY CONTACT WITH DON?: Nope

13. MUSICAL ABILITY / TRAINING:
I have played guitar for years, and work at a guitar shop doing repairs on a Saturday and Monday, and I teach guitar 10 hours a week, as well as
attending University most days of the week

14. ANY OTHER INFO YOU WISH TO ADD?
I was given an autograph not so long ago by an uncle of mine for my 18th, which he had been showing off to me since I was 14!
 
 
 

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