Captain Beefheart - The Spotlight Kid (1972)

The Spotlight Kid is the sixth album by Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) and the Magic Band, originally released in 1972. It is the only album credited solely to Captain Beefheart. Often cited as one of the most accessible of Beefheart's albums, it is solidly founded in the blues but also introduces instruments as marimba and jingle bells not typical of that genre.

The music on The Spotlight Kid is simpler and slower than on the group's two previous releases, the uncompromisingly original Trout Mask Replica and the frenetic Lick My Decals Off, Baby. This was in part an attempt by Van Vliet to become a more appealing commercial proposition as the band had made virtually no money during the past two years – at the time of recording, the band members were subsisting on welfare food handouts and remittances from their parents. Magic Band members have also said that the slower performances were due in part to Van Vliet's inability to fit his lyrics with the instrumental backing of the faster material on the earlier albums, a problem that was exacerbated in that he almost never rehearsed with the group.

01. "I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby" – 4:33
02. "White Jam" – 2:55
03. "Blabber 'n Smoke" – 2:46 (Lyrics by Jan Van Vliet)
04. "When It Blows Its Stacks" – 3:40
05. "Alice in Blunderland" – 3:54
06. "The Spotlight Kid" – 3:21
07. "Click Clack" – 3:30
08. "Grow Fins" – 3:30
09. "There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage" – 3:11
10. "Glider" – 4:34