Jon’s childhood, though, seems to have been relatively carefree. His passion as a teenager was a “progressive rock” band called Wizard, which he formed with school friends. A keyboardist, Huntsman idolized Rick Wakeman of Yes and Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. Howard Sharp, the drummer in Wizard, has remained a close friend. He recalls that one of Huntsman’s favorite artists was the avant-garde composer Captain Beefheart. “It’s about the worst music in the world,” Sharp remembers. “I tried to listen to it; I really tried. I just couldn’t do it.”
Jacob Weisburg, “Jon Huntsman: The Outsider,” Vogue, August 18, 2011
Aight, I mocked Huntsman’s Foo Fighters love, but god, Captain Beefheart?
(All the media info on the former Utah governor’s music tastes are coming from this Howard Sharp dude. I totally want to sit down for an interview with him and find out just how deep into the dregs of the ’70s the teenage Huntsman ventured.)