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THE THIRD REICH 'N' ROLL

The Residents

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.17 | 116 ratings

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars The Residents - The Third Reich 'N Roll is a strange beast with some insane sections in true Residents style.

Swastikas on Parade (recorded 1974) fills side one and it is deconstructions of 60s classics the way you have never heard them and may never want to again. It begins with Let's Twist Again German style, and segues inyo a chaotic version of Land of a Thousand Dances and Hanky Panky. Immediately we are deluged with A Horse with No Name played simultaneously as Double Shot Of My Baby's Love. The Letter features manic vocals that are hilarious and just a little disconcerting. The perplexing choice of Psychotic Reaction while machine gun blasts are heard is a mystery and Little Girl has a great dark riff to wrap your ears around. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag is a strange one with a German female soprano. Talk Talk (The Music Machine) has spacey effects and a low guitar fuzz, with echoed guttural voices and weird keyboard and brass. Telstar/Wipe Out has great pounding drums and blowfly synth, and I recognised the Telstar tune from the Tornadoes and it was a great piece of nostalgia.

Hitler Was A Vegetarian (recorded 1975) is side two with more merged non stop 60s nostalgia. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses), 96 Tears, and It's My Party are destroyed in no time. Light My Fire is a very dark version, followed by Ballad of the Green Berets, Yummy Yummy Yummy and Rock Around the Clock/Pushing Too Hard which is acid rock at its most demented. Good Lovin', Gloria and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida are hardly recognizable but I instantly heard the infamous riff of Sunshine of Your Love. Hey Jude/Sympathy for the Devil make a dark theme with one of the more disturbing melodies given the Residents treatment.

I have been compelled to listen to Residents from the 70s so returning to it years later is a wonderful experience, but this one may turn many off as it is challenging and too weird in places. Definitely worth a listen but I prefer 'The Commercial Album' which are original tunes with the ferocious Residents sound.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |

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