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3.71 | 21 ratings | 2 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?
2. Atomic Shopping Carts
3. Adventures of a Troubled Heart
4. Search for the Short Man
5. The Importance of Evergreen
6. Brocolli and Saxophone
7. Disguised as Meat
8. Thoughts Busily Betraying
9. Lord, It's Lonely
10. The Knife Fight
*11. Creeping Dread
*12. The Census Taker
*13. Talk
*14. Hellno
*15. Where is She?
*16. Innocence Decayed
*17. Romanian
*18. Passing the Bottle
*19. The Census Taker Returns

*CD only tracks from "The Census Taker"

Line-up / Musicians

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Releases information

-Released in 1984 on LP by Ralph
-Released in 1991 on CD by Torso
-Released in 1991 on CD by East Side Digital

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THE RESIDENTS Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This is actually a pretty good album. Apparently the video and movie that the music was made for did not fare as well. The video which makes up the bulk of the music on this disk was a half hour black and white short, which, from all the descriptions I've read, made very little sense. But surrealism was always a trademark of The Residents' work.

The movie "The Census Taker" was apparently a ripoff of "Eating Raoul". And yes, that is Garrett Morris of "Saturday Night Live" fame on the cover.

The music itself, much of it recorded far earlier than the movies they were used in, is exemplary Residents fare, with the usual simplistic but bizarre theme played on strangely manipulated instuments.

Weird and cool.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I am ready to acknowledge of course that the Residents are supercool, mysterious, clever, original, bold and experimental. But does this mean they are good? I'm not so sure. In fact there's quite a bit of their stuff that I don't really like to listen to, although I understand why it qualifies as ... (read more)

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