Friday, December 21, 2012

Prick Tunes: Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band "Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes I Do"

Coming from their fucking fantastic debut 1967 LP Safe as Milk, the album opener "Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes I Do" takes the blues and puts the throttle down in one triumphantly brash blast. With then-20-year-old Ry Cooder getting an "arrangement by" credit for the tune and being a full-fledged member of The Magic Band at the time, this isn't just the debut for Don Van Vliet's sprawling, raucous brainchild.

Some of you whippersnappers may also recognize the song from having been covered twice on the Lawless soundtrack, once by Ralph Stanley and once by Mark Lanegan with Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, and Co. providing the backing band in the form of The Bootleggers. It's so good, Nick Cave decided it needed to be in the film twice. If ever you needed a stamp of approval, there you have it.

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