About the Artist
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Robert Williams aka Beefheart Jr took an interest in drumming at the age of 5. Having played with a handful of drum and bugle corps., Robert learned the importance of discipline and preparedness in music.
“I have always felt that music and art should have a purpose and should look and sound like it was done on purpose,” says Williams, who's refusal to remain inside any established musical structure has made him one of the most unpredictable of contemporary artists.
When playing drums on tour for Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Hugh Cornwell, the singer/guitarist for the British band the Stranglers was so impressed that he asked Robert to collaborate on the duo record and now cult classic, Nosferatu.
On the heels of that record and still a member of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Robert signed a record contract with A&M Records and released the 12” EP, “Buy My Record,” followed by the LP, “Late One Night.”
Both of those records had special guest artists such as Robbie Kreiger, Danny Elfman, Jane Weidlan and Charlotte Caffey from the Go Go's, several members from Zappa's and Beefheart's band as well as Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh from Devo.
It was recently noted in a biography on Devo that Robert wrote the drum beat for Whip It, upon which the song was constructed and is Devo's biggest hit song.
Robert was also the drummer and music director for John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten for Lydon's solo project, Pychopath in 1997.
“Temporarily Immortal,” the new CD by Beefheart Jr is a 17 song CD with a total of 79 minutes and 34 seconds, just shy of the 80 minutes that can fit on to an audio CD.
“I wanted to give people their money's worth. I was advised to release an EP by some of the industry experts such as producer Joe Chiccarrelli, keeping in mind the short attention span of today's audience but I felt that releasing a record worthy of multiple listenings would have more longevity.”
This new release is Robert's first solo record in almost 20 years dating back to 1997's “Date with the Devil's Daughter.”
Amazingly, 95% of the instruments and all of the singing on Temporarily Immortal was performed by Williams and was written, recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by him as well.
Robert currently lives in North Hollywood, California, where he fashioned a professional recording studio and has managed to compose and record nearly 400 songs. “I love having the ability to wake up in the middle of the night and record any new ideas that might pop into my head. Although some of the famous recording studios have all the bells and whistles, it's hard to relax when the engineer says, Rolling.”
Temporarily Immortal is a masterpiece of music and is sure to go down as one of the best records to have come out in the last few decades.
Robert Williams aka BEEFHEART JR