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.”

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.