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The Residents formed in the early '70's travelling from Louisiana to San Francisco, experimenting with tape and any media they can get their hands on, and recording plenty of music to suit themselves. The Residents had to get out of Louisiana, they were a very odd group of people who couldn't stand that setting and had to get out. On the way The Residents seemed to have made a slight name for themselves as oddities, so a man named Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman decided to come down and check them out from England. On the way he picked up a man named N. Senada, who ended up highly contributing to The Residents' technological absurd recordings by presenting philosophies and theories to The Residents to keep their music highly original and odd. It then set off from there, with tons of concept albums, and quite the iconic presence in the mid '70's known as the four guys in the eyeball masks who have never released their names (they want their music to be recognized, not them). This anonymous group of men toyed with tape experimentation and the latest technology in creating bold and pioneering electronic music covering a whole lot of ground, destroying pop songs with their signature style, creating extremely catchy oddball songs, and later covering people like James Brown, Elvis Presley, and Hank Williams into entire albums, deconstructing their known songs with their signature style. The Residents are highly intelligent and insightful, creating many concept albums in which they devote entire concerts to acting out. These became more often in the early '80's until today, where their rare live appearances can't be missed. The Residents also over their careers are the first pioneers of music video, and mixed media combined with their groundbreaking music. What you're going to be hearing is dissonant, catchy, electronic, extremely odd yet intelligent, the famous Louisiana voice of the main Resident, wickedly conceptual deconstructed pop and adventurous experimentation. There is nothing like The Residents, there is a sound that cannot be copied here. The closest you can get is the absurdity of FRANK ZAPPA, a far more unconventional DEVO, and the writing style of CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, the first and third mentioned The Residents' are huge fans of. The Residents create their music in isolation and have said to not have listened to other people's music in years, just to retain their style. Their members are completely unknown, the only named collaboraters are M...read more

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THE RESIDENTS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.02 | 72 ratings
Meet The Residents
1974
4.13 | 71 ratings
The Third Reich 'N Roll
1976
3.68 | 32 ratings
Fingerprince
1977
3.97 | 75 ratings
Not Available
1978
4.24 | 67 ratings
Duck Stab / Buster & Glen
1978
3.92 | 62 ratings
Eskimo
1979
3.65 | 57 ratings
Commercial Album
1980
2.93 | 35 ratings
Mark Of The Mole
1981
3.58 | 23 ratings
The Tunes of Two Cities
1982
2.84 | 12 ratings
George And James
1984
3.93 | 11 ratings
Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?
1984
2.47 | 8 ratings
The Census Taker (Original Soundtrack)
1985
1.95 | 14 ratings
The Big Bubble
1985
4.42 | 15 ratings
Stars & Hank
1986
3.89 | 25 ratings
God In Three Persons
1988
2.53 | 10 ratings
God In Three Persons Soundtrack
1988
3.21 | 16 ratings
The King & Eye
1989
3.05 | 20 ratings
Freak Show
1990
2.68 | 18 ratings
Gingerbread Man
1994
2.51 | 9 ratings
Hunters
1995
2.58 | 12 ratings
Have A Bad Day
1996
3.59 | 21 ratings
Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible
1998
2.46 | 9 ratings
Roadworms: The Berlin Sessions
2000
3.17 | 6 ratings
Icky Flix: Original Soundtrack Recording
2001
4.11 | 16 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2002
3.57 | 14 ratings
WB:RMX
2004
2.12 | 6 ratings
The King & Eye: RMX
2004
3.86 | 10 ratings
The 12 Days of Brumalia
2004
3.72 | 21 ratings
Animal Lover
2005
2.37 | 13 ratings
Tweedles!
2006
2.28 | 9 ratings
The River of Crime: Episodes 1-5
2006
4.00 | 10 ratings
The Voice of Midnight
2007
3.71 | 20 ratings
The Bunny Boy
2008
3.13 | 10 ratings
The Ughs
2009
3.26 | 10 ratings
Lonely Teenager
2011
2.74 | 6 ratings
Chuck's Ghost Music
2011
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
3.91 | 2 ratings
Dolor Generar- Una Noche Lost en Van Horn Texas
2011
3.83 | 12 ratings
Coochie Brake
2012
3.67 | 3 ratings
Mush-Room: Music from the Need Company Performance
2013

THE RESIDENTS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.56 | 7 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show, Live in Tokyo
1986
2.03 | 5 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show: Live in Holland
1987
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Snakey Wake
1988
4.63 | 7 ratings
The Mole Show: Live in Holland
1989
2.13 | 4 ratings
Cube E: Live In Holland
1990
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live at the Fillmore
1998
3.21 | 5 ratings
Wormwood Live 1999
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Demonic! The Residents Live in Oslo!
2013
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Wonder of Weird
2014

THE RESIDENTS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Moleshow/Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats
1984
3.95 | 2 ratings
Video Voodoo Volume I
1987
4.55 | 11 ratings
Icky Flix
2001
3.96 | 7 ratings
Eskimo
2002
4.58 | 8 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2003
2.73 | 7 ratings
The Commercial Album
2004
3.80 | 5 ratings
The Residents Play Wormwood: Curious Stories From The Bible
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Is Anybody Out There?
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Icky Flix Live
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Residents' Talking Light presents Randy's Ghost Stories
2010

THE RESIDENTS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.23 | 4 ratings
Residue
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Assorted Secrets
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Heaven?
1986
3.00 | 1 ratings
Hell!
1986
3.05 | 6 ratings
Our Finest Flowers
1992
4.43 | 5 ratings
Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses
1997
4.00 | 3 ratings
Residue Deux
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Land of Mystery
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Refused
1999
3.50 | 2 ratings
Dot.com
2000
3.67 | 5 ratings
Petting Zoo
2002
3.50 | 2 ratings
Kettles of Fish on the Outskirts of Town
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
CUBE E, The History of Amerian Music in 3-EZ Pieces
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Ten Little Piggies: Tunes From Future Projects
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Heaven / Hell!
2013

THE RESIDENTS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.26 | 8 ratings
Santa Dog 1972
1972
4.50 | 2 ratings
Meet The Residents Sampler
1974
4.04 | 7 ratings
The Beatles Play the Residents and the Residents Play the Beatles
1977
3.05 | 4 ratings
The Residents Radio Special / Eat Exuding Oinks
1977
3.65 | 11 ratings
Duck Stab
1978
3.33 | 6 ratings
Babyfingers
1979
2.26 | 8 ratings
Diskomo
1980
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Commercial Single
1980
3.05 | 9 ratings
Intermission
1982
2.50 | 2 ratings
Kaw-Liga
1986
3.00 | 3 ratings
Hit The Road Jack
1987
3.00 | 2 ratings
Double Shot
1988
4.54 | 4 ratings
Holy Kiss Of Flesh
1988
3.50 | 4 ratings
Santa Dog '88
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Buckaroo Blues
1989
3.50 | 2 ratings
Don't Be Cruel
1990
2.00 | 2 ratings
Liver Music
1990
3.00 | 1 ratings
Stranger Than Supper
1990
2.25 | 3 ratings
Daydream B-Liver
1991
3.00 | 3 ratings
Santa Dog '92
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prelude to "The Teds"
1993
2.17 | 3 ratings
Poor Kaw Liga´s Pain
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Louisiana's Lick
1995
3.21 | 5 ratings
Pollex Christi
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Hate Heaven
1998
2.00 | 2 ratings
In Between Screams: Intermission Music From The Residents' Wormwood
1999
2.67 | 3 ratings
Diskomo 2000
2000
3.25 | 4 ratings
High Horses
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Golden Goat
2003
2.50 | 2 ratings
I Murdered Mommy!
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, vol.2
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, Vol. 1
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, vol. 3
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Of The Hunters
2007
3.33 | 3 ratings
Animal Lover Instrumental
2008
3.50 | 2 ratings
Smell My Picture
2008
3.91 | 2 ratings
Postcards from Patmos
2008
2.00 | 1 ratings
Arkansas
2009
3.33 | 3 ratings
Dollar General
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011

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 Demons Dance Alone by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.11 | 16 ratings

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Review by TCat

5 stars This is actually a mostly serious concept album...yes serious. The Residents most of the time are always releasing albums that are lampooning and satirical of all types of music. But this time, the topic is dealing with emotions surrounding the attacks of 9/11. This is probably one of the more accessible albums by The Residents, yet it is handled very well. You still get a lot of the minimalism that you are used to, but the production on this one is very good which helps and some of the songs are very well orchestrated. You still get that level of weirdness that you expect from The Residents, so no they are not compromising much to get the message across.

The album is divided into 3 parts which are collectively preceded and followed by an introductory song and another summary song. Each part is separated by a few very short instrumentals/sound effects. Tracks 2 - 8 are Part I and entitled "Loss". Part two is comprised of tracks 12 - 17 and called "Denial". Part 3 is entitled "The Three Metaphores" which are tracks 21, 23 and 25 and are separated by 3 more very short tracks. The music is simple yet complex with the alternating strange and normal vocals and vocals are also lead by female vocalists in several tracks, which help with the flow of the album, making it not get stagnant or monotonous.

With all the albums in The Residents discography, this one is one of their best. You still get a lot of The Residents signature sound, but this time it is done with more reverence to deal with the subject matter. This album is still a great representation of the uniqueness of the avant garde prog sound, in that it is not typical music, it is still experimental and challenging, but it is also accessible. You could almost get away with playing it for almost anyone, but you might still get some weird looks from time to time. Anyway, as far as avant-prog, I consider this a masterpiece of mostly minimalistic and inventive music even though it is one of The Residents most thought out and accessible recordings. 5 stars.

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 Daydream B-Liver by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1991
2.25 | 3 ratings

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Review by TCat

2 stars This is a collection of oddities from various Residents projects, some songs were left off of other albums or were abandoned. Quite a variety of stuff here, and even though it follows the minimalism of The Residents, it is quite entertaining probably because it does come from a variety of projects so you never really know what to expect next. Here is a track by track analysis, something I don't like to do, but hey, this is The Residents.

Track 1 is a bunch of weird spaced out snippets from various projects that kind of work together in a warped kind of way. You get some pieces of songs from the abandoned Sun Ra tribute which was part of the "American Composers" series and a tip of the top hat to Barry White. Mostly instrumental and minimalistic.

Track 2 is a strange instrumental which comes from the "Baby King" stories on the Elvis tribute "The King and Eye".

Track 3 through 5 is called a suite though it is 3 distinct and separate Hank Williams songs done in 3/4 time. They are lost tracks from the "Stars and Hank" album. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" sounds like the calliope version that you would hear on that nightmare merry-go-round that you have all dreamt about.....Please tell me I'm not the only one....

Track 6 is from a live radio broadcast (The Residents live on the radio????.....Tell me it isn't so)

Track 7 is .... well it's hard to explain but fans of The Residents might understand. From a live show before The Residents actually existed, but fans will recognize the voices. Audience participation chanting, free form jazz noise and more noise and nonsense. But there is some twisted sense to it all believe it or not.

Speaking of Frank Zappa, Track 8 is "King Kong". Yes FZ's King Kong covered by The Residents. Sounds like the melody is done on a sitar played by Alvin and the Chipmunks. It's actually Snakefinger doing the fancy fingerpicking. This is from a 1971 live show...I believe.

Track 9 is a short outtake from the "Freak Show" sessions.

"From the Plains to Mexico"...Track 10....is the original version of the same song from Cube-E. The vocals are in the cowboy trash accent. Somewhat darker than the official version.

"Wistful Break" is part of a rehearsal for a German TV show.

"Burning Love" is the Elvis cover but comes from the same rehearsal session as the previous track, not the same as "The King and Eye" version. More upbeat than the official version. But not very well recorded.

"Daydream Believer" is a cover of the famous Monkees song. This was recorded especially for this album. Very funny cover that strips all the sunniness off of the Monkees version. Actually, there is some sunniness here in the tacky keyboard hooks, but its sunniness that will burn you. Warning: Get out the sun block!

There is something definitely enticing about The Residents recordings and any outtakes and rarities are essential to the fans. But anyone else is most likely just going to sit there and say "WTF????" As much as this appeals to my warped sense of humor and my attraction to weird things, I can only give it 2 stars because of the inconsistent quality of the recordings. Anyway, maybe this review will entice someone to check out some of the gems that The Residents do have that are more readily available......but tread carefully!

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 Coochie Brake by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.83 | 12 ratings

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The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

5 stars The Residents have to be the strangest yet the most unpredictable band ever. They have an incredibly huge discography and you never know from one album to the next just what to expect from them. On this album, you get what sounds like a fully fleshed out sound, where as with many other releases from them, the sound is lacking because the instrumentation is stripped down to programmed keyboards and percussion. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. But this time, you get a nice rich sound and a full band sound. The vocals this time are mostly spoken word and whispered vocals and most of it is in Spanish. Why Spanish? Well, Louisiana is supposedly the home state of The Residents and according to legend, there was a time when there was a lot of Spanish gold and riches buried in the area. The music tends to give a spooky, mysterious air, like the music is haunted by the ghosts that are searching for their gold. Since it is based on Louisiana legend, there is probably a lot of voodoo mysticism culled into the music.

The album is quite rich with instrumentation and is one of the best orchestrated Residents album produced in a long time. The music is complex, yet very enjoyable with plenty of guitar sounds and hooks added in to spice up the music. Many of The Residents albums are sparse studies in minimalism, but not this one. The vocals are not overbearing which is important because of the spoken word format and that the drama is held more in the instruments and the vocals respond accordingly.

This music is not very accessible and will probably be enjoyed more by those who love the avan- prog genre. I absolutely enjoy this album, the variation in the instruments which is something that lacks in a lot of The Residents back catalogue, and the originality and beauty of the music. The release is broken down into 2 CDs, the main concept of the lost Spanish treasure is the theme centered in the 1st CD. The 2nd CD is inspired by the legend of two outlaws named West and Kembrell who hid out in the Louisiana swamps. There are only two tracks on the second CD, but the 1st track is over 7 minutes and the 2nd is just under 20 minutes. The sound is still excellent but the feeling is not as mysterious as it is more soundtrack-like.

Definitely an album that is geared toward those with a love for dramatic avant-prog tastes. There really isn't anything here very accessible to any other tastes. I thoroughly enjoy this double album and highly recommend it to those who love exploratory and adventurous music. Excellent production, sound, instrumentation with a grand full sound throughout and very dynamic. I consider it essential for lovers of this style of music. 5 stars.

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 Wormwood:  Curious Stories From the Bible by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.59 | 21 ratings

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Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Lear'sFool

4 stars By far one of the better of the post-1980 releases from North Louisiana's phenomenal pop combo, The Residents. Some neat and strange music, ever in their kooky style, is the backdrop for the eyeballs to tell you some Bible stories. Their Sunday School theatre, however, are performances of the stranger, more violent, and more sexy tales from the Tanakh. The weirdest thing about this album, then, is that there's no track for the Song of Solomon. The singing and lyrics are the main and best part, conveying the band's vision of what is described in scripture with all their usual range and skill. And they only describe. That allows the album to work. The music isn't much to write home about, unfortunately, and unlike their masterpieces, but it is still enjoyable and compliments the singing well. A good listen for diehard Residents fans and the curious.

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 Stars & Hank by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.42 | 15 ratings

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Stars & Hank
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Lear'sFool

5 stars Past "The Commercial Album", The Residents have been in an era of hit-or-miss, love-it-or-hate-it, take-it-or-leave- it albums. But the second in a series of albums of the anonymous kooks covering great composers and musicians who came before them, here Hank Williams Sr. and John Philip Sousa, is a rare and perhaps only masterpiece from them past 1980. Side One covers Hank I, the founding father of country music and one of its vanguards even decades after his untimely death. The Residents wonderfully cover a few classics of his into variously weird or eerie directions. Those tracks given the latter treatment, such as "Six More Miles", are the major shining moments of this record. Side Two redoes Sousa, the American March King, and this is where things go masterfully off the rails. Now long tried and true patriotic marches are turned into horrorshows done in the massively whacked and parodic fashion as some of the covers on "The Third Reich 'N' Roll", done in an ever seguing and theme sharing suite style. As well, samples of crowds and sirens figure. This is The Residents at their best, a perfect companion to their legendary second album and its own gem.

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 Commercial Album by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.65 | 57 ratings

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Commercial Album
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

3 stars What would happen if The Residents decided to take their music and attempt to make it pop? And then what if they decided to take out all of the repetition? What would happen? This album would happen. 40 songs all at just over 1 minute long. If you get the re-issue then you get more of the same in bonus tracks.

The Residents are so weird! That's Barbara Streisand and John Travolta's faces on the cover.

If this album sounds intriguing, then you will probably enjoy it.

I would love to elaborate more but that would mean I would be repeating myself. Not only that, but my one minute has elapsed. Feels incomplete right? There's your review.

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 Chuck's Ghost Music by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.74 | 6 ratings

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Chuck's Ghost Music
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

4 stars If you love odd, original and quirky music and you haven't heard The Residents yet, then you are definitely missing the boat and you have a LOT of catching up to do. Their discography and output is infinite.

This particular offering from these oddball eyeballs is mostly instrumental. It is actually a soundtrack. It is comprised of music used as background for one of their character's ghost stories. If I understand it correctly, The Residents called one of their tours "Talking Light" and in the tour, a character named Randy Rose tells some very strange ghost stories and this is the background music they use. Now, in this album, we only get the music, electronic music and sounds, without any narration. So we have to listen to this album to critique the music only.

So, how does this music fare on it's own? I have to say that when I listen to this, I actually enjoy it in a strange kind of way. It is spooky and atmospheric. I can't call it ambient, though their are ambient passages, because there are several loud passages also. Throughout a few of the tracks, you hear subdued pieces of advertisements that sound spooky in and of themselves which must have something to do with the show that goes with this music. In the track titled "Perchance to Dream" you hear parts of the song "(All I Have To Do is) Dream" with the original vocals and with scary synth fading in and out throughout the track. I have to say that for some people, this might be hard to sit through. But I found it quite intriguing and worthy of more listens. There is enough here in the songs that keep them moving forward and you are always wondering what is lurking around the next corner.

I think the people that might find this appealing would be those who love some of the more avant garde electronic music by Art Zoyd, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream or Univers Zero. There is definitely enough substance to this music to rank this album up there with the inaccessible music of those bands. If you like that kind of music, then you should give this a listen. I think this music would fit right in to the music collection of this kind of genre fan. I'm going to call it an excellent addition to a collection of that genre. 4 stars.

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 The Census Taker (Original Soundtrack) by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.47 | 8 ratings

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The Census Taker (Original Soundtrack)
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat

2 stars This was the first soundtrack that was commissioned to The Residents. But don't expect a full or even a partial orchestra here. It's about as minimal as The Residents gets as far as instruments go. It seems to be all electronic. It's as weird as The Residents can get too, that weird humor. It's only fitting that it was Penn Jillette (Yes the one from Penn and Teller) that recommended The Residents as the band to do the soundtrack. I haven't seen the movie, so I wouldn't know whether it was well done or not, but it is billed as a black comedy. The plot is about a very irritating census taker who keeps asking a certain couple questions that keep getting more abusive and ludicrous to the point that the couple decide to kill the census taker and then have to get a friend to help them hide the body. That's all I know about it.

As far as the album goes, it sounds like a Devo album with the music stripped down to one synthesizer. On top of that, it is very sparse as far as lyrics go, with only 2 tracks with vocals. Most of the songs are older Residents songs that have been reworked. There are a few original songs here, but nothing really amazing or outstanding. I have heard most of The Residents very extensive discography and this one is one of the least interesting. I suppose it didn't do very well on it's own and the album was rather quickly pulled off the shelves and put into the cut out bins. It's a collector's item now. It was later released together with "Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?", but that one is hard to find now too.

Anyway, there are much better Residents albums out there. While interesting because of it's novelty more than anything, it offers nothing groundbreaking or interesting that you can't find elsewhere in their discography, so I have to give this one 2 stars.

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 The 12 Days of Brumalia by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.86 | 10 ratings

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The 12 Days of Brumalia
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars Sophisticated as Hell!

By now, the production excellence of almost all recorded material, mainstream and not, is no "big" news for no one. In fact most of the times the concerns have to do more with if the production could have been better or if it was overly done. Because like it or not, excellent production is almost by rule now a "market device", which phantoms or enhances, the virtues or mediocrity of anyone, depending on your pick and taste.

But of course, when it comes to "The Residents", things could not have been better. As this "The 12 Days of Brumalia", fully demostrates. For 12 days, starting on December 25th, 2003, a new song was posted on Residents.com web site along with an illustration and a quote. At the end, the 12 songs were put together and released as a single "album".

Now, what usually happens to me, with great albums, is the same as with great books or films, I myself do not want to be foretold nothing about them. So, I will point some references, not to spoil no one's fun.

Imagine the intention of the "Commercial Album", with perfectly detailed arrangements, tainted with splashes of very RiO, very Resident like, string work, along great moments of pure contemporary electronics, some creative hard-electric guitar touches and catchy riffs, mixed up into a multi-oriented musical language, among a vast field of "covers" and original songwriting. All enhanced to unexpected levels, due to its "undercovered" excellent mastering and production. Really, even the satires and spoofs, sound like an alternate "serious" version of their originals, yet they remain spoofs and satires, The Resident's "midas" touch.

To close things down, 12 flawless, very inspired, rich and creative, fragmented-minimal songs, compressed into single songs, enhanced to the top, with great arrangements, very humorous details and a very creative use of "production".

That for me, adds up for a ****4, plus my review, PA stars project.

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 The Third Reich 'N Roll by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.13 | 71 ratings

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The Third Reich 'N Roll
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sheets of Blue

4 stars In 1974, The Residents, an avant-garde rock band from Louisiana, released their debut album, Meet the Residents, to little acclaim. Only forty copies were sold, with others being returned unopened in its first year. Only did it gain critical acclaim decades later.

Its follow-up, The Third Reich 'n Roll, released in 1976, used more of the experimental methods used on the band's debut, and with those methods, deconstructed and destroyed several songs of the 1960s. A parody of pop music and commercials of said time period, the album consists of two side-long epics, Swastikas on Parade, and Hitler Was a Vegetarian.

On both sides were the butchering of many classic songs of the 60s, as well as some obscure tracks such as Telstar and 96 Tears. This time around, the band garnered controversy for the cover art in which it depicted Dick Clark, a well-renowned entertainer, in a Nazi uniform holding a carrot while being surrounded by swastikas, pictures of a dancing Adolf Hitler in both male and female dress, as well as other forms of paraphernalia. This would lead to the German pressing being heavily censored with every Nazi reference being covered with the word "censored".

The Residents utilize their many instruments to thoroughly massacre the thirty songs integrated into both tracks on Third Reich. Like Meet the Residents, Third Reich 'n Roll didn't gather much attention, although the controversy surrounding the art helped the band gain some attention publicly, helping their album sales and nurturing a growing fan base.

The Third Reich 'n Roll gives the listener thirty-six minutes of noise, a destruction of the pop hits of the 1960s, putting their own odd and quirky spin on them, making them their own. It's horrifying to say the least, to the point where it works as a serious album. It works so well that anyone could listen to it, being one of their most accessible albums along with Duck Stab and Eskimo. The sound of the album may put one off at first, but given the time, one can grow to appreciate it as not only noise, but art as well.

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