gary lucas


August 2011, Gary Lucas performed at the Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany.

August 2012, Gary Lucas came back to Zappanale where he performed solo, as a part of Co de Kloet's radio show, with Doctor Dark, and with Fast 'n Bulbous.

September 2012, Gary did a special project with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra. It included a concert at 'Paradiso' in Amsterdam, NL.




February 17, 2013, Gary Lucas presented "The World Of Captain Beefheart" at the 'Paradiso' in Amsterdam, NL. The concert featured The Metropole Orchestra and special guest Nona Hendryx.



  captain beefheart and the magic band: doc at the radar station
    (1980, lp, usa, virgin)

  captain beefheart and the magic band: ice cream for crow
    (1982, lp, usa, epic/virgin)

  tim berne : fulton street maul
    (1987, cd, usa, columbia ck 40530) - produced by gary lucas
  the woodentops: wooden foot cops on the highway
    (1988, lp, eur, rough trade) - feat. gary lucas

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1 gary lucas: skeleton at the feast
    (1991, cd, uk, enemy emy-126-2) - incl. 'king kong'(frank zappa); 'hard work drivin' man' (nitsche)

2 gary lucas: gods and monsters
    (1992, cd, ger, enemy 987.233) - incl. 'king strong' (g.lucas) = 'king kong'(frank zappa)

  jeff buckley: grace
    (1994, cd, usa, sony / columbia 475928 2) - feat. gary lucas

  various artists: what's that noise 9
    (1995, 7", ger, what's that noise) - incl. gary lucas: 'autobahn'


gary lucas: bad boys of the arctic
    (1995, cd, usa, enemy emy 146-2)

4 gary lucas: evangeline
    (1996, cd, usa, zensor zs 152)- incl. ‘ah feel like as syd’ (g.lucas) a reference to a beefheart song, and 'interstellar low ways' (sun ra)

  pulnoc with elliott sharp and gary lucas: live in new york
    (1996, cd, czech republik, globus international 21 0185-2)
5 gary lucas: busy being born
    (1998, cd, usa, tzadic tz 7121)

  francis dunnery: let's go do what happens
    (1998, cd, usa, razor & tie 82834) - incl. gary lucas

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6 gary lucas: @ paradiso
    (1998, cd, usa, oxygen music works omwcd11)

  captain beefheart & his magic band: grow fins - rarities [1965-1982]
    (1999, 5cd-box, usa, revenant records revenant 210)

7 gary lucas: level the playing field
    (2000, cd, fr, last call records 3063132)

  project/object: absolutely live
    (2000, cd, usa, phoenix media group 3020) - feat. ike willis, gary lucas, joe deninzon, all comp. by frank zappa


gary lucas: improve the shining hour
    (2000, cd, usa, knitting factory records kfw-265) - incl.van vliet compositions, feat. don van vliet

  captain beefheart and the magic band: merseytrout
    (2000, cd, uk, milksafe bf 4003)

  cucamonga by rudy vanderlans
    (2000, book + cd, usa, emigre) - a photo-book plus cd incl. gary lucas: hurly burly comin' down

9 the du-tels: no knowledge of music required
    (2000, cd, usa, shimmy disc records shm-5103) - the du-tels = gary lucas + peter stampfel

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10 gary lucas: the edge of heaven
    (2001, cd, fr, label blue lblc 2582 hm 83)

11 gary lucas: street of lost brothers
    (2001, cd, usa, tzadic)

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  fast 'n bulbous, the captain beefheart project: 4 song demo
    (2001, cdr, usa, demo) - all compositions by don van vliet

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  captain beefheart & his magic band: grow fins vol.III: grow fins
    (2001, 2lp, usa, xeric)

  jeff buckley - gary lucas: songs to no one 1991 - 1992
    (2002, cd, usa, knitting factory / recall 020)

  jeff buckley: the grace eps
    (2002, 5cd5", uk, columbia 501178 2 - 5011782000) - feat. gary lucas

  captain beefheart: magnetic hands
    (2002, cd, uk, viper cd 011)


the magic band: back to the front
    (2003, cd, uk, atprcd 7) - all compositions by don van vliet

12 gary lucas: operators are standing by
    (2003, cd, usa, knitting factory kfw316-2) - incl.'king strong' (= 'king kong' (frank zappa))

13 gary lucas & jozef van wissem: diplopia
    (2003, cd, nl, bvhaast 0103)

  free flying: free flying
    (2004, cd, czech, faust records fr 26-2331) - feat.gary lucas

  the magic band: live in concert & crow's milk
    (2004, dvd, uk, subdiva) - all compositions by don van vliet


gary lucas & jozef van wissem: the universe of absence
    (2004, cd, nl, bvhaast 0105)

1 fast 'n bulbous: pork chop blue around the rind
    (2005, cd, usa, cuneiform) - all compositions by don van vliet


the magic band: 21st century mirror men
    (2005, cd + dvd, uk, proper records) - all compositions by don van vliet

15 gary lucas - gods & monsters: coming clean
    (2006, cd, usa, mighty quinn productions)

16 gary lucas: russian fireworks - gary lucas live in saint petersburg
    (2006, dvdr, usa, private release)
17 gary lucas: the golem
    (2006, dvdr, usa, private release)
18 gary lucas / gods & monsters: live at the knitting factory nyc
    (2006, dvdr, usa, private release)

  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas: musical blaze-up
    (2007, cd-promo, uk, bitches brew)

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  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas: musical blaze-up
    (2007, 12", uk, bitch012)

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  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas: purple somersault
    (2007, cd-promo, uk, bitches brew)

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  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas: purple somersault
    (2007, 12", uk, bitch013)

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  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas with beardyman: rock the joint
    (2008, cd-promo, uk, bitches brew)

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  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas with beardyman: rock the joint
    (2008, 12", uk, bitch014)

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19 gary lucas vs the dark poets: beyond the pale
    (2008, cd, uk, some bizarre)

20 najma akhtar & gary lucas: rishte
    (2009, cd, usa, world village world 450008)

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21 gary lucas & gérald zbinden: down the rabbit hole
    (2008, cd, switzerland, border records)

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2 fast 'n bulbous: waxed oop
    (2009, cd, usa, cuneiform) - all compositions by don van vliet

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  gallo & the roosters: the exploding note theory
    (2009, cd, ??, ??) - feat. gary lucas
  gary lucas: music for the eden project
    (200?, 7", usa, 5nakefork records) - limited release of 300 copies (200 on green and 100 on orange vinyl)

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gary lucas / dean bowman: chase the devil
    (2011, cd, usa, knitting factory)

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gary lucas & gods and monsters: the ordeal of civility
    (2011, cd, usa, knitting factory kfr1111cd)

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  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas: cloudhopping / tikkety-boo
    (2011, 12", uk, bitch022)

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  essra mohawk: zappanale 22
    (2011, dvdr, ger, private release) - incl. zappa & beefheart compositions / feat. sandro oliva & gary lucas

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  the plastic people of the universe: zappanale 22
    (2011, dvdr, ger, private release) - feat. gary lucas

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  the magic band: oxford, june 6, 2005
    (2011, cd, usa, sundazed) - all compositions by don van vliet

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  gary lucas: plays bohemian classics
    (2011, lp, czech, faust records)
  captain beefheart and the magic band: merseytrout
    (2011, 2lp, uk, ozit / dandelion records 8009)

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  various artists: zappanale #22 - retrospectacular
    (2011, cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

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  gary lucas & bruno galindo: the infra-realist session
    (2013, download, --, rare lumiere)
  gary lucas: cinéfantastique
    (2013, cd, usa, northern spy records)

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  urfaust & gary lucas: the ghosts of prague
    (2013, cd, czech rep, faust records fr 50-cd) - remixed, remastered, with addition tracks, originally released in 1996
  peter hammill / gary lucas: otherworld
    (2014, cd, usa, esoteric records)

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  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas: musical blaze-up
    (2014, 2lp, uk, bitches brew)
  wild rumpus feat. cosmo and gary lucas: wild remixes
    (2014, 12", uk, bitches brew)
  gary lucas: plays bohemian classics
    (2015, download, --, rare lumiere) - digital re-release of the 2011 album, with two extra tracks
  gary lucas / jann klose: stereopticon
    (2016, download, ??, cosmic trigger records)

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  gary lucas: fleischerei
    (2015, cd, usa, cuneiform)

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  pearly clouds: pearly clouds
    (2016, cd, uk, acrobat tracd6514) = gary lucas, enikö szabó and tóni dezsö

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  gods & monsters with jeff buckley: live in brooklyn 1992
    (2017, cd, ??, ??) = gary lucas project

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  nona hendryx and gary lucas: the world of captain beefheart
    (2017, cd, usa, knitting factory) - all compositions by don van vliet

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  gary lucas: the essential gary lucas
    (2021, 2cd, usa, knitting factory)  - incl.'king strong' (= 'king kong' (frank zappa))




concerts, radio-shows

gary lucas in concert with jozef van wissem (not shown) in tilburg, nl on 2004/10/04  -  picture by ive hapers
  • 2007/04/07 Gary Lucas & Jozef Van Wissem - television show "Vrije Geluiden", dutch television NL1 (re-broadcast)

Jozef Van Wissem      -      Gary Lucas


Here's a fine shot of Gary right after his sold out show, making music to German silent film "The Golem" at the Silent Movie Theatre in LA, 2012 07 17.
  • 2012/08/02 Co de Kloet "The Supplement Tap Live", featuring Gary Lucas and George Duke
    • picture on the right by Bazbo.
  • 2012/08/04 Gary Lucas - concert Zappanale, Bad Doberan, Germany
    • picture on the right by Bazbo
  • 2013/02/17 "The World Of Captain Beefheart", 'Paradiso', Amsterdam, NL
    with The Metropole Orkest, Gary Lucas, Nona Hendryx, Jolene Grunberg & others




random notes



Gary Lucas will be at Zappanale. He will be bringing his Captain Beefheart Symposium, he will be doing a solo concert, performing with his Fast 'n' Bulbous Captain Beefheart Project, and he will be guesting with other bands.
Gary was also present at the 2011 edition of the Zappanale festival. The audience had a great time, and it looked like Gary had a good time as well.


UniMuta : From my personal point of view, last year's edition of Zappanale was a real treat: both the music and the atmosphere were great. How do you look back on it?

Gary Lucas : One of the best festivals I have ever played! The sense of community was awe-inspiring, and the music sublime. The people who showed up had such great energy ad a anifest love of music. And what a trip to find old fans and friends of mine who had traveled all the way from far-flung places (I ran into people I knew from Sweden, Prague, the US etc.) to commune in Bad Doberan over a love of Frank Zappa's music and adventurous music in general!


UniMuta : Last year, you performed with Co de Kloet, did a solo concert, played with The Plastic People Of The Universe, guested with Essra Mohawk,... Are these all different aspects of your musical mind? It's all so different. How do you prepare?

Gary Lucas : I love all sorts of music and do all sorts of different musical projects continuously--it enables me to keep working full time as a musician and it keeps me from getting bored. I am not sure how I manage it except to say I am a double Gemini and have lots of different musical personas inside me. Like Walt Whitman once said: "I contain multitudes".

UniMuta : I'm glad to hear that you will be bringing your Captain Beefheart Symposium to Bad Doberan. You will also be performing with Doctor Dark, a Beefheart tribute band, and with your fabulous Fast 'n' Bulbous project. It's good to see that there will be a fine dose of Beefheart at Zappanale. How have the reactions been towards the Captain Beefheart Symposium so far? Is this something that you would like to do more often?

Gary Lucas : Yes I would. The world needs to know what a giant once walked the earth, and it saddens me when I draw a blank mentioning his name to so many people. But this was also the case when Don Van Vliet was I aim to change things and try and raise people's consciousness regarding Beefheart's art in all its variegated splendor.


UniMuta : I have always been fascinated by the variety of your various projects and musical interests. Can you already tell us what your next project will be about?

Gary Lucas : I have been working on an album "Gary Lucas' Cinefantastique" which will contain solo guitar arrangements of famous film music by Nino Rota, Bernard Herrmann, et al., plus some of my own, including music I composed for "Lalee's Kin", a documentary by Maysles Films ("Gimme Shelter", "Grey Gardens") that was nominated for an Academy Award.  I love film music ever since I was a little boy, there is something haunting about a good film theme that stays with you and acts to trigger memories of the whole film when you hear it. They are like classic pop songs in miniature, albeit instrumental.

UniMuta : thank you & see you in a couple of weeks in Bad Doberan.


August 1 - 4, 2012
Bad Doberan




Guitar player, composer, producer and music legend Gary Lucas will be performing at Zappanale. The perfect reason to ask Gary some questions.

UniMuta : Hi Gary. I've seen you in concert a number of times (solo, with Jozef van Wissem, with Fast 'n Bulbous) and I've heard most of your albums, and what keeps on suprising me is the diversity of the music that you make. You play electric rock, acoustic blues, Beefheart, Chinese pop, ... How do you do it? I mean, are you always on the search for new music or are these things that just happen to cross your path?

Gary Lucas : Well I would put it down to being a double Gemini, like Walt Whitman said "I contain multitudes"... I like a zillion different kinds of music and I like playing it all too, why go around through life with one hand tied behind your back? I can find something worthy in just about any genre of music you might care to name as long as real soul shines through it--the sound of human struggle--that's what moves me the most.

UniMuta : Saying that you play the guitar is an understatement. You play electric, acoustic, dobro, and use slide, fingerpicking,... How does it work when you're composing. Do you pick the guitar and the sound in function of the composition, or is it the other way around?

Gary Lucas : I don't really know, its kind of a mysterious process, I just pass my fingers over the strings until I hit magic sounds that move me (Brian Wilson, fellow Gemini, does this as well on the piano apparently--he calls them "feels") and then I obsessively work the material and push it around through subjective intellection unjtil the composition takes on a definite shape, guided by my own sensibilities.  If I compose an instrumental and then can remember it in the morning I think I have a keeper song-wise.

UniMuta : Do you have favourite guitars? For recording? For touring?

Gary Lucas : I play the same guitars everywhere I go pretty much in the studio and on the road--a '66 Fender Strat , a '46 Gibson J-45, and a National steel Duolian from 1926. I have some more but really am not a collector per se, I beat the shit out of these guitars constantty and I think they sound the better for it. I met a collector in Tokyo once who came to see me play a '64 Strat (which I lost on a train--boo hoo--but I had it insured--and I collected on it!) and he told me he owned 3 like them and kept them in a temperature controlled vault in his house. I laughed and said I had just the one and that I took it with me and played it everywhere I go. I hate being too precious about anything,

UniMuta : You're coming over to Europe in August for the Zappanale Festival and for the Captain Beefheart tribute at the Rochefort festival in the south of France. Do you think that the world is finally catching up on the music of Captain Beefheart?

Gary Lucas : Well I hope so! But we'll see, one should never underestimate the limitless capacity of--let's face it-- fundamental human indifference of the majority of people to art that is not automatically mainstream.

UniMuta : Besides doing concerts, you've recently also been doing a "Captain Beefheart Lecture / Symposion".  What is it like to dive into the Beefheart years again? Has it changed the way you look back on things?

Gary Lucas : I find it bracingly refreshing, like taking a swim in the Bering Sea. Yes, it definitely warped my perspective as far as having a similar window on the world/weltanschaung-- I learned so much from the guy in terms of the games people play. He ultimately wanted nothing to do with them--me, I am out to confront them and convert them :-)

UniMuta : Your Zappanale schedule looks rather packed. You will be performing the Don Van Vliet tribute "I Have A Cat" with Co de Kloet on the main stage, you might be playing a solo set, and you might even do a couple of guest appearances. Can you already tell us a bit about it?

Gary Lucas : Sure, I probably will be sitting in with Essra Mohwak, my old friend, a great singer/songwriter who should be much better known. Also my pals the Plastic People, fellow Bohemians I have performed with many times in NYC (I am of Czech ancestry on my father's side, and we hit it off right away when I met several of them in the late 80's). And perhaps I will sit in with my pals Project Object, whom I have guested with in the past. I really like their approach to Frank's music.

UniMuta : That sounds great. I know where I will be in a couple of weeks !
Really looking forward to see you again.
Thanks for the interview.

Gary Lucas will be performing at various times at the Zappanale Festival.
On Saturday, August 20, 2011, he'll be performing "I Have A Cat" with Co de Kloet, but he'll be performing solo and guesting with other bands as well !!
Zappanale - August 17 - 21, Bad Doberan, Germany





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