Who knew that Captain Beefheart and James Ellroy were brothers from another mother.
Find out why after the jump.
The first quote is from an interview with Captain Beefheart
What kinds of influences do you see on your music?
Never. You know why? Because it would be a distortion of the prism. You know, colour distortion. I think that an artist should be exactly what he is, or she is.
But these days everyone takes in so much information.
I don’t. There are lots of things that I’d like . . . there are books that I would love to read, but I’m afraid that they would influence me, and that could stop me.
The second quote is from James Ellroy
What about more contemporary forms of expediency, like the anti-terrorism measures practiced by the Bush administration?
I do not follow contemporary politics. I live in a vacuum. I don’t read books. I don’t read newspapers. I do not own a TV set or a cellphone or a computer. I spend my evenings alone, usually lying in the dark talking to women who aren’t in the room with me.
You mean they’re on the phone?
No. They’re metaphysical. I brood. I brood about former women in my life. Potential future women in my life. I ignore the culture. I don’t want it to impede, impair, interdict, suppress or subsume my imagination with extraneous influences.