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Eric Drew Feldman is an American keyboard and bass guitar player. Feldman has worked with Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu, Frank Black, The Polyphonic Spree, Charlotte Hatherley and P.J. Harvey. A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played with a musical keyboard. ... A Fender Jazz Bass Bass Guitar refers to an electric or acoustic stringed instrument with a similar appearance to the guitar, but with a larger body, commonly 4 strings, longer scale neck and tuned an octave lower in pitch than a guitar. ... Don Van Vliet (born Donald Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941 in Glendale, California), is a musician and painter, best known under the pseudonym Captain Beefheart. ... Pere Ubu are an experimental rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. ... Frank Black Frank Black, also known by the stage name Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965 in Boston), is an American musician. ... The Polyphonic Spree is a self-described choral symphonic pop group from the Dallas, Texas area. ... Charlotte Hatherley (born June 20, 1979) is a British singer and guitarist. ... Polly Jean Harvey, born October 9, 1969 in Weymouth, Dorset is a British singer and songwriter. ...


He was already an experienced keyboard player when he joined Captain Beefheart's Magic Band in 1976, in which he also played bass. Like other members of the band, Feldman was expected to capture (on tape or notepad) Beefheart's musical ideas. Once instrumental parts had been created, the band members had to play them exactly as composed: "I never had a problem with that. I felt like I was getting parts dictated to me from one of the best, especially when they were designed for me. You just feel like a model in a fashion show wearing a really nice dress, I guess." Feldman worked on the acclaimed trio of 1980s Beefheart albums that turned out to be the last of the Captain's musical career, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), Doc At The Radar Station, and Ice Cream For Crow. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ...


After working with The Residents' Snakefinger, in 1988 Feldman was drafted in to replace departing Pere Ubu keyboard player Allen Ravenstine. He worked on their Worlds in Collision album. The Residents The Residents are an avant garde music and visual arts group. ... Multi-instrumentalist Philip Charles Lithman (June 17, 1949 - July 1, 1987), a musician, was born in London, England. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Allen Ravenstine played synthesizer (and occasionally saxophone) with the music group Pere Ubu. ...


Feldman met the Pixies' Frank Black in 1991, when Pere Ubu were touring as the Pixies' opening act, and later played keyboards on the Pixies' Trompe Le Monde and toured with them. After the Pixies split, Feldman worked with Frank Black on his solo albums Frank Black and Teenager of the Year. Pixies, pictured early in their career - Black Francis, Kim Deal, Dave Lovering, and Joey Santiago Pixies are an indie rock music group. ...


In 1994, after two seminal Black albums, Feldman applied for a job with P.J. Harvey, whom he knew was putting together a band. He played on To Bring You My Love and Is This Desire?, and has regularly toured with her. His band kNIFE & fORK has opened for her. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


In 1998, he produced the psychadelic trip 'Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb' by Dallas group Tripping Daisy. He later produced the wonderful 'Together We're Heavy' by the Polyphonic Spree, a 24-member troupe containing 3 ex-members of Tripping Daisy. 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Dallas redirects here. ... Tripping Daisy was a rock band from Dallas, Texas. ... Together Were Heavy is the sophomore release from Dallas symphonic rock group The Polyphonic Spree. ... Publicity photograph, 2004. ...


Through the 90s Feldman continued to tour on and off with Frank Black and the Catholics and joined the band in the studio to make Dog In The Sand.


References

Mike Barnes, "The Sideman's Saga", The Wire, December 1996 The Wire is a British avant garde music magazine. ...


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