Desire Caught by the Tail (album)
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Desire Caught by the Tail Album
Desire Caught by the Tail
Adrian Belew - Desire Caught by the Tail.jpg
Studio album by
StudioCreative Audio, Urbana, IL
ProducerAdrian Belew
Adrian Belew chronology
Twang Bar King
Desire Caught by the Tail
Mr. Music Head
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Desire Caught by the Tail is the third solo album by Adrian Belew, released in 1986.

Unlike its two predecessors Lone Rhino and Twang Bar King (both of which were albums of art-pop songs with experimental stylings) Desire Caught By the Tail is an entirely instrumental and experimental record. It was recorded by Belew on his own, using multitracked treated electric guitar, guitar synthesizer and assorted percussion instruments.

Desire Caught by the Tail takes its name from the play 'Le Désir attrapé par la queue', written by Pablo Picasso. The album is in part inspired by Picasso, with both the sound and the composition style being more abstract and harsh than much of Belew's other repertoire.

Track listing

All tracks written by Adrian Belew

  1. "Tango Zebra" - 7:30
  2. "Laughing Man" - 5:28
  3. "The Gypsy Zurna" - 3:03
  4. "Portrait of Margaret" - 4:00
  5. "Beach Creatures Dancing Like Cranes" - 3:28
  6. "At the Seaside Café" - 1:50
  7. "Guernica" - 2:00
  8. ""Z"" - 5:40



  • Stan Hertzman - executive producer
  • Rich Denhart - engineer
  • Jim Bartz - assistant engineer
  • Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC - mastering
  • Bruce Breckenfeld - technician
  • Paul Hixson - photography (front cover)
  • Chris Covatta - photography (back cover)
  • Margaret Belew - paintings
  • Sotto Vocé - cover design


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