Drumbo elaborates on his dislike of "Big Joan" in his book
Posted by Pugeye on April 5, 2018, 11:05 am, in reply to "Re: Yeah the "Hair Pie" tracks seem to be ignored sometimes"
Apparently it was the standard set opener when they performed and Beefheart would basically use it as an excuse to blow as much air as possible through his sax, which often resulted in much of the audience walking out at the very beginning of the show. And yes, it's overlong and one of the more repetitive songs on the album and the lyrics, while fun, are pretty lightweight. So while I basically like it and agree that the riff is catchy, it's definitely one of my least favorite cuts on the album.