Form and Time in Trout Mask Replica

Authored by: Peter Silberman

The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138683112
eBook ISBN: 9781315544700
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315544700-22

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Abstract

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s Trout Mask Replica (1969) surely is one of the strangest rock albums ever released. The off-putting combination of harmonic dissonance, out-of-synch counterpoint, abrupt changes of texture, surreal lyrics, and an obstinate avoidance of many of rock’s standard style markers, coupled with the album’s sheer length (twenty-eight songs originally on two LPs), ensures that few people listen past the first few minutes. 1

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