Captain Beefheart. Van Vliet. What a character (and what an artist)! Perhaps one of the most self-contained musicians to ever grace this earth. The man had a mission that was entirely his own and he stuck with it. Once you taste the beef (his blues &beyond), you really can't turn back. You're a beefheart forever. He was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley along with pal/contender Frank Zappa. Both are creative inspirations to me, in that they remind me of the limitlessness of boundaries. Soooooo, here be the song: Orange Claw Hammer by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. Be ye warned, madness ensues.
"The stars are matter, we're matter, but it doesn't matter."
And here we have a long, low quality video of Don Van Vliet on Letterman where he appears less abrasive and intimidating than I would imagine.