Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons and The Zutons are among the musicians to pay tribute to Captain Beefheart following his death after complications from multiple sclerosis yesterday (December 17).
Captain Beefheart, whose real name was Don Van Vliet, passed away in hospital in California aged 69.
“Gave my brother my old, worn down copy of ‘Trout Mask Replica’ before I moved as a thank you to introducing me to his music when I was far too young. Nothing he did was a mistake, there were no accidents in his music. Only sheer invention, passion… dear god, why does the world keep losing such important people? Who will fill their shoes? My heart is heavy for you, Don Van Vliet!”