That Was Then/This Is Yesterday

Interview: John French (Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band), 2003

Posted in Uncategorized by wwyork on July 19, 2015

[W]hen you’re involved in a cult situation like that …, you become so accustomed to your environment that when you’re out of the environment you feel foreign. I felt like I didn’t belong. I didn’t wanna be in the band, but I didn’t belong outside of it either. It was an odd place to be, psychologically.

This interview was originally conducted for a little blurb on the reunited Magic Band that was to appear in Alternative Press back in 2003. Alas, the piece got bumped (though in favor of what nonentity of a band, I’d rather not even know). In any case, it was pretty cool to be able to talk to the guy who played drums—and helped arrange much of the music—on the legendary Trout Mask Replica, among other LPs by the early incarnation(s) of Captain Beefheart’s band. Mr. French wrote extensively about his experiences in the Magic Band in the liner notes to the Grow Fins box set, which served as a jumping-off point for this interview.

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