Simmie Stern


 1. NAME:  Simmie Stern

 2. DATE OF BIRTH:  October 9, 1955

 3. OCCUPATION:  Architect; Legal & financial consultant

 4. PLACE OF RESIDENCE:  Tel-Aviv, Israel

 5. WHAT YEAR DID YOU BECOME A FAN?:  1970
 

 6.  BEEFHEART ALBUMS IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE:
 
 
 SAFE AS MILK :   _________________     4
 MIRROR MAN :   __________________  8
 STRICTLY PERSONAL :     __________  10
 TROUT MASK REPLICA :     _________  1
 LICK MY DECALS OFF BABY :    _____  2
 SPOTLIGHT KID :   ________________    9
 CLEAR SPOT :     _________________       6
 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED : 12
 BLUEJEANS & MOONBEAMS :    ____  11
 SHINY BEAST :    _________________      5
 DOC AT THE RADAR STATION :    ___  3
 ICE CREAM FOR CROW :__________     7
 7. TOP 10 OTHER ACTS:
Robin Williamson;
The Incredible String Band;
 Ronnie Lane;
The Rolling Stones (1968-72);
Cream;
Jack Bruce;
Dylan;
The Band;
The Who;
Van Morrison (1968-74)


 8. NUMBER OF ALBUMS OWNED:   around 2,000

 9. HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND,
 AND WAS THERE A PARTICULAR SONG THAT MADE YOU SEE THE LIGHT?:
    Bought the Warner Bros. compilations (Big Ball, etc.) and Zapped back in 1970. That's where I first heard Ella Guru, The Blimp, Old Fart at Play, Lick My Decals Off Baby. Ran to my local record library in Montreal and borrowed TMR and Decals. Truth be told, only recently did I access all the other albums. Between last April and October, I listened to nothing but the Captain. Total obsession. Read everything ever written that I could get my paws on.
The most significant life-changing songs (no particular order): Ashtray Heart; Moonlight on Vermont; Bat Chain Puller; Odd Jobs (from Bat Chain
Puller); Owed t'Alex (BCP version); Pachuco Cadaver; Sheriff of Hong Kong.

 10. NUMBER OF BEEFHEART  GIGS SEEN, AND WHICH YEARS:
Never saw him ("They  never come up into the hills" - Firesign Theater)

 11. ART SHOWS VISITED: 0

 12. ANY CONTACT WITH DON?: Nope

 13. MUSICAL ABILITY / TRAINING:
Classical piano trained; Taught myself  guitar and fiddle; Specialize in Cape Breton fiddle music; Now singing in a  classical choir.

 14. ANY OTHER INFO YOU WISH TO ADD?
Glad to be here!! (courtesy of Paul  Bryant; I've been lurking for the last couple of months)

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