Once every five or seven years, I give Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" a spin. I never make it all the way through. I was reminded of this thanks to a new Blade Runner movie that was just released. Once every five or seven years, I try to watch "Blade Runner." I never make it all the way through. In the case of "Blade Runner," I'll admit that I am not a big fan of science fiction, so though I find the first 30 minutes of Blade Runner unbearable, I blame myself. But in the case of "Trout Mask Replica," I think I qualify to say, it is unbearable.
I am a fan of Captain Beefheart. "Safe As Milk" and "Clear Spot" are personal faves, with "Lick My Decals, Baby" and "The Spotlight Kid" both having some fine moments. But even members of Beefheart's Magic Band told the Captain to go fuck himself during the recording of "Trout Mask Replica." (I read that in Mojo magazine last year.)
So to all of the people who rave about "Trout Mask Replica," just stop it. But if you really and truly think I am missing something, tell me what it is. It's about that time to give it another go and this time, with your help, maybe I'll know what I am listening for.