“Captain Beefheart was a really great artist, and I used to listen to Trout Mask Replica all the time.”—David Lynch.
At a time when millions of people around the world are forced to stay home amid strict social distancing measures, we’re diving back into the Far Out Vault in order to remember the time David Lynch decided to recite Captain Beefheart’s classic track ‘Pena’.
The song, which is taken from Beefheart’s iconic third studio album Trout Mask Replica, was released as part of a double album in 1969 and produced by Beefheart’s childhood friend Frank Zappa.
Lynch has made no secret of his admiration for Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band in the past, even appearing in Anton Corbijn’s short film about Beefheart entitled Some Yoo Stuff. So, when Magic Band guitarist Gary Lucas came calling to ask him to participate in a tribute show, Lynch couldn’t refuse.
The evening of celebration, which focused on Beefheart’s music and poetry, was held at The Knitting Factory Main Space in New York City and included the likes of Lee Ranaldo, Alan Vega, Hal Willner and more as special guests.
Lucas, who went to great lengths to curate the show in 2008, managed reached out to Lynch to participate. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Lynch was unable to attend but still wanted to contribute so headed to a studio in LA to record a recital of ‘Pena’ for the occasion.
Listen to the full recording, below.