John McLaughlin
 
 
 
1. NAME:      John McLaughlin. 
 
2. DATE OF BIRTH:    27th January 1953 
 
3. OCCUPATION:     Signalman 
 
4. PLACE OF RESIDENCE:    Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. 
 
5. WHAT YEAR DID YOU BECOME A FAN?:    1972ish... 
 
6.  BEEFHEART ALBUMS IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE:

 

            SAFE AS MILK : ____________________ 3  
            MIRROR MAN : ____________________10 
            STRICTLY PERSONAL :  _____________9  
            TROUT MASK REPLICA :  ___________ 6  
            LICK MY DECALS OFF BABY :  _______7 
            SPOTLIGHT KID :__________________ _2 
            CLEAR SPOT :  _____________________ 1  
            UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED : 12 
            BLUE JEANS & MOONBEAMS :  _____ 11 
            SHINY BEAST :   _ ___________________4 
            DOC AT THE RADAR STATION :   _____5 
            ICE CREAM FOR CROW : __________ __8 
             
 
            7. TOP 10 OTHER ACTS: 
              
            1. King Crimson 
            2. Iris DeMent 
            3. Steve Earle 
            4. Free 
            5. Tom Waits 
            6. Beethoven 
            7. Fleetwood Mac(with Peter Green)  
            8. Beatles 
            9. Doctor Feelgood 
            10.Led Zeppelin 
             
8. NUMBER OF ALBUMS  OWNED: 
Not sure (don't have time to count 'em) 
 
9. HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND, 
AND WAS THERE A PARTICULAR SONG THAT MADE YOU SEE THE LIGHT?: 
    Way back in the near mythological time of the OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST I use to watch all of them shows (wish the video recorder had been around then!). Well, Bob was doing his 'outro' speel, "we'll leave you tonight with a clip from Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band - this is Big-Eyed Beans from Venus! 
    The Captain stood centre stage in what looked like a magicians cape growling, but behind him were two demented guitarists cruising up and down the stage incessantly playing these strange licks like their life depended on it!! I was mesmerised!! Next day I got into town and tracked him down, in his tray was Clear Spot and Safe as Milk and I was hooked therein!!!!! 
 
10. NUMBER OF BEEFHEART  GIGS SEEN,  AND WHICH YEARS: 
Sob,sob...none! 
 
11. ART SHOWS VISITED : 
     Brighton, where I loitered with intent to savour the show for as long as the train timetable allowed!! Those of you with a knowledge of geography can see how far Brighton is from Sunderland! 
 
12. ANY CONTACT WITH DON?: 
     I did sign the vistors book at the Brighton Show!? 
 
13. MUSICAL ABILITY / TRAINING: 
     None that I am aware of, but I have exquisite taste!! 
 
14. ANY OTHER INFO YOU WISH TO ADD? 
    Can I leave this blank so that I can fill it in when I think of something to say??  
 
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