Daylight Video

Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart, was born on this day in 1941, and died in 2010.

I’ve featured his music a lot here, so I’ll try to mix it up a bit today. Here he is performing “Dirty Blue Gene” in 1980. “She’s not bad, she’s just genetically mean.”

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.