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The Residents - Duck Stab / Buster & Glen CD (album) cover


The Residents



4.28 | 100 ratings

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5 stars After first hearing 'Duck Stab' in 1995 it changed everything I listened to afterwards.

Trying to describe it is a very difficult thing. It's extremely creepy, but curiously tuneful at the same time. I think it's the vocals that do it. They're quite frankly maniacal. This is one of the most "off the wall" albums you could wish to hear. In fact any one of the Residents first 7 albums up to 1980 are just plain over the rainbow crazy.

There's guitars that sound all queer and high pitched, drum machines with no high pitches whatsoever, repetitive bass, some seriously damaged keyboards that sound one octave out continuously and loads of deranged almost cartoonish vocals that belong on a Warner Brothers animation.

Most importantly of all I can almost certainly confirm the identity of the never seen before lead singer... He is the weird guy playing guitar on 'Moisture' in the 'One Minute Movies' (from the 'Commercial Album' 1980) easily accesible on YouTube for the curious. He's the same guy interviewed by Penn and Teller in a wobbly 80's video documentary where he pretends to be the bands manager. The bodily actions and the voice are identical.

So if this review has served no other purpose, at least you can get to see the guy's face with no eyeball on his head! I'm just surprised no one else has mentioned this.

Dobermensch | 5/5 |


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