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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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4.02 | 73 ratings
Meet The Residents
1974
4.16 | 75 ratings
The Third Reich 'N Roll
1976
3.73 | 33 ratings
Fingerprince
1977
3.96 | 77 ratings
Not Available
1978
4.30 | 69 ratings
Duck Stab / Buster & Glen
1978
4.01 | 66 ratings
Eskimo
1979
3.62 | 59 ratings
Commercial Album
1980
2.93 | 35 ratings
Mark Of The Mole
1981
3.58 | 23 ratings
The Tunes of Two Cities
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf)
1983
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
4.35 | 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
2.82 | 22 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 | 17 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2002
3.57 | 14 ratings
WB:RMX
2004
2.12 | 6 ratings
The King & Eye: RMX
2004
3.97 | 10 ratings
The 12 Days of Brumalia
2004
3.69 | 22 ratings
Animal Lover
2005
2.37 | 13 ratings
Tweedles!
2006
2.28 | 9 ratings
The River of Crime: Episodes 1-5
2006
3.94 | 11 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
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
3.83 | 12 ratings
Coochie Brake
2012

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Mole Show
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In The USA: The 13th Anniversary Tour
1986
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
The Way We Were
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Demonic! The Residents Live in Oslo!
2013
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Wonder of Weird
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Shadowland
2015

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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
2.25 | 3 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
2.92 | 4 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
2.31 | 4 ratings
Dollar General
2010
2.74 | 6 ratings
Chuck's Ghost Music
2011
3.95 | 2 ratings
Dolor Generar- Una Noche Lost en Van Horn Texas
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
3.67 | 3 ratings
Mush-Room: Music from the Need Company Performance
2013

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 The Third Reich 'N Roll by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.16 | 75 ratings

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Review by Lear'sFool

5 stars What exactly was the point of this album? Did The Residents truly think that popular music, including a breadth of choices beyond the bubblegum, was acting as if a mind control conspiracy wrought by the Dick Clark Reich? Were they instead, as a few have ventured to guess, setting up this crazed concept album as a veiled, satirical attack on the mindset of the soon-to-be Tipper Brigade? Both? Or neither, and this was just a group of wild Louisiana musical outcasts throwing whatever at the wall for the heck of it, not caring if a lick of it stuck? Enough questions, as this is simply a meisterwerk of avant-garde, deconstructionist music with gallons of fun instead of kilolitres of pretention. Here everyone's favourite singing crawfishes ran riot over America's Top 40 - we're not talking Attila or Genghis here, we're talking Timur Lang - and so the only result is a laugh riot for us listeners. They packed the songs in here like they were sardines, and each tastes like Yog-Sothoth's ambrosia. The band, Snakefinger, and their twisted backing band that foreshadowed the Elephant 6 Orchestra all did exactly what they had to do to pull this wonderful mess off. Knocks your socks off. My pick for best moment is that ending, Snakefinger pining away on his guitar to "Hey Jude" while the eyeballs themselves join in with half-hearted "woo- hoo"s a la "Sympathy For The Devil"; that, ladies and gentlemen, is the sound of the '60's dying. A must listen for anyone familiar with '60's and '70's Top 40, with plunderphonics, with any lick of love of experimentation in their mind, heart, and soul. *toilet flushes*

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 Freak Show by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1990
2.82 | 22 ratings

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Review by TCat
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2 stars Anyone familiar with The Residents knows that you can always expect strangeness and crazy themes as a constant in their music. Sometimes they can do the strange thing very well and other times they fall flat. So, when they came along with a concept album about a bunch of circus sideshow freaks, it just had to be a great thing, because if any one would be able to do that concept, it would be The Residents, right? Yeah, that's what I thought. Well, this album leaves a lot to be desired.

This album is the first album to be evidence of The Residents reliance on computer technology and pretty much most of the instrumentals is done completely with the MIDI, even the percussion. So, you get that terrible plastic percussion sound through the entire album. You also get nothing but synthesized instruments. Fortunately, the changing of voices and the use of female vocals along with male vocals keep things from getting totally stagnant. The songs are interesting enough and have their share of rhythm, thematic and meter changes. With actual instruments, this could have been one of their best albums, I believe. But the fake percussion is annoying and the instrumental sections have a clinical feeling to them.

The album starts out fine enough, even with the faux instrumentals. The first track "Everyone Comes to the Freak Show" shows promise in the vocals, the delivery and the progressive elements. The 2nd track "Harry the Head" is upbeat and full of humor, so you start to think you might have a good album on your hands here. But, after that, the songs tend to drag, starting out with interesting themes at first, that tend to ramble on too long before changing to another theme or idea. The lyrics are dark and humorous at least, but the music itself just isn't interesting enough and I keep finding myself wondering if I am getting to the end yet whenever I listen to this. Not a good sign! The last half of the concluding piece "Nobody Laughs When They Leave" is the only other highlight of the album as dramatic music starts to fill in, but it's too little too late to save anything.

Yes it's funny and weird, but it just doesn't live up to the better Residents albums, and this would be the case with a lot of the albums to come along for a while because of their fixation with technology. Yes The Residents usually use a lot of minimalism and synthesizer all of the time, but it's done much better. Complacency seems to be setting in during this period of their discography, but they were able to prove later that they still had some better music to come. The expectations for this album should be high, but unfortunately, the album does not live up to those expectations this time. 2 stars only.

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 Fingerprince by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.73 | 33 ratings

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Review by TCat
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4 stars The third full album in The Residents discography is strange.....but since it's The Residents, then it's actually normal to be strange. In reality, if it could be called normal then it would have been the strangest album in their discography. So, just forget what I just said.

The music here was recorded between the years 1974-76 and released in 1977. It was supposed to be a double album but with only 3 sides. The record company decided it would be to costly to produce an album like that, so 4 songs were removed from the track list to make this into a single album, then in 1979, the EP "Babyfingers" was released and contained those missing 4 tracks. When the album was reissued as a CD in 1988, the original tracklist was restored. I'm going to review the single disc vinyl version here.

The first side consisted of the first 7 tracks as listed here, then as the 8th track had "You Yesyesyes Again" as the final track on that side. This group of songs consists of short songs. The first one spotlights Snakefinger who was the bands "resident" guitarist. It features an odd hook as the driving force of the song. As all of the songs on this first side, they are all quite simple anti-pop songs. Listening to these songs, you can hear foretellings of what the band Primus would sound like. There are definitely hints of Les Claypool throughout these songs. After the first track, the music remains quite minimalistic for the most part, which is not what Primus would sound like, but the sound they would adopt is more the cynical and satirical sound of The Residents, even the vocal delivery is similar. Track 8, which is a more "acoustical" (for want of a better term) reprise of the 1st track with a warped revisit of the strange hook and the addition of percussion similar to the ballet/suite that makes up the 2nd side of the album.

So, side 2 stays with an odd sound like you suspect. But in reality, it is quite different from the first side. This is made up of a six-part suite which was actually a modern ballet soundtrack of sorts. This music is very percussive with some electronics thrown in to create an anti melody. The Residents continue to create what sounds like the opposite of popular music....music that could be considered easy listening if it wasn't so avant garde. The suite is very much a foreshadowing of the masterpiece to come called "Eskimo" and it is interesting to hear how that sound began before it's maturity. I don't know if there is a better example of anti-pop than this. The music on this suite is much better composed than anything on the first half of the album, and these contrasts make the entire album quite interesting.

This entire album is not an easy listen, but if you realize that this music is the opposite of popular music, then it makes a little more sense, albeit a very warped sense. I find something intriguing and enticing about this music. It is strange though it isn't completely inaccessible either. But if you play it for a group of listeners that have not been warned, you will get weird looks and possibly banned from the people who consider themselves normal. So be warned. If you like this, then keep it to yourself. It's safer that way. In the meantime, I still think it's an excellent form of early avant-prog music that gives you an idea where future bands would get some of their inspiration. Most Residents fans are used to being fans in secret anyway, so don't feel bad, you are among geniuses like Mr. Claypool, Mike Patton, and the like.

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 Eskimo by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.01 | 66 ratings

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Eskimo
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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5 stars This is as avant prog or art rock as things get. "Eskimo" is a unique album by The Residents, the kings of strangeness. This is not music in any conventional sense, it is a musical painting which depicts the life in the cold, cold north country, way up north. This is an album full of electronics, percussion, sound effects and talking/chanting in another language, mostly processed vocal sounds that become part of the music/picture.

The Residents have been around for a long time and they are still producing music to this day. Those who know The Residents know that they have explored some interesting territory, but as weird as their music can be, it usually has some conventionality to it. This album, however, goes on beyond those conventions and it ended up getting The Residents some credibility and high praise among the critics. Listening to the album, you get an odd sense of loneliness and remoteness, but also some insight into a different style of life. I don't know how accurate it is in portraying their lifestyle, but it is how I would imagine as far as the feeling of the music. Some of it does seem satirical, it is The Residents afterall, but the orchestration and composition of the music is admirable.

The gatefold on the vinyl contains some text that help explain the story behind the concept of the album and what is represented in each section of the album. I don't know if that text exists on any other format that might be out there, but it might help give some insight to the music. As unconventional as this music is, it still has a certain attractiveness to it that makes it appealing to listen to. Not everyone is going to understand the music, but it is definitely a masterpiece in originality. I would only suggest it to those that have had some experience in The Residents sound so that it is not a complete shock.

I have to say that the first time I listened to it, I knew it was going to be different, but I underestimated the fact that it is not a complete farce. I unknowingly played the record at 45 rpm and was thinking that it was a complete waste of time until more than halfway through, I realized it was playing too fast. That's how unconventional it is, there was no reference point that I could recognize that would prove that the speed was way to fast. Of course, it sounded a lot better at slow speed lol.

As other reviewers have said, the first time you hear this, you probably won't get it. But the more you listen to it, and the more you listen to other Residents albums, the more it makes sense. Again, think of it as Art Rock, that the sounds are a depiction of Eskimo life, and it will make more sense. If you listen to this out of that context, you might think it is a bunch of aliens worshipping the great god of the outer darkness of the Ramula solar system or something. (on acid). But knowing what the concept is certainly gives it a lot more meaning. If anything in The Residents discography should be considered a masterpiece, then this is it. (I can think of others, but this is the one that should be the pinnacle of their massive discography.) 5 stars for originality and a groundbreaking avant-prog album (released in 1979 and ahead of it's time).

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 Duck Stab / Buster & Glen by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.30 | 69 ratings

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Duck Stab / Buster & Glen
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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5 stars This album is actually a combination of two E.P.s of the same names. However, only "Duck Stab!" had been previously released alone where "Buster & Glen" was not yet released. The studio decided to release them together, one per record side. The track order was also changed for "Duck Stab!" The band wanted them released separate, but the two E.P.s actually work together well, and since each track is not over 4 minutes, the crazy off the wall sound of The Residents doesn't wear itself out on this album.

So, the people that seem to like this album (like myself) tend to like it for it's strange eclectic sound. Throughout this album, pretty much everything is distorted in one way or another. This works well with the scary, yet zany lyrics. Vocal harmonies, instruments, melodies are off just enough so that you know things are not quite right. If these songs were standard, this would almost be a pop album, but with everything off kilter and over processed, what you get is a bunch of art-pop....experimentation with pop music. With earlier Residents sound (which this album is), you not only get the usual sparse electronic sound, but you get odd guitar licks and hooks from Snakefinger. The weirdness is what makes this album so attractive to those people that tend to like this album, and when you listen to it, there is that certain something about it.

For those wanting to dive into The Residents massive discography, this is a good place to start. The "Duck Stab!" portion of this is actually the better part with the "Buster & Glen" portion not being quite as interesting, but still has it's share of surprises like the warped singing of "Happy Birthday" and the hello dolly sound of "Hello Skinny". Most editions also have the "Goosebumps" suite which is a B side to "Diskomo" which jacks the value of the 2nd side back up to the 1st side. The 3 songs that make up the suite are hilarious takes on nursery rhymes that crack me up everytime I hear them. These are not nursery rhymes to share with your kids though unless you want them to grow up to be strange.

The combination of these two E.P.s along with the added B-side makes this collection (or album if you prefer) well worth while especially for beginners to The Residents sound. I guarantee you if you don't like this, then it's probably best to not look any further in their catalogue. But if it does appeal to you in that weird way that it appeals to lovers of avant-prog music, then you have a lot of work to do listening to their discography. Even though there are a lot of bombs in the discography, there are a lot of gems too. It's worth checking out. In the meantime, this gets 4.5 stars, but I'll round it up to 5 because the "Duck Stab!" side and the Goosebumps suite are priceless.

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 Dot.com by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
2.25 | 3 ratings

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Dot.com
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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2 stars This is a collection of "stuff" from The Residents that were previously only available through download. This music is made up of outtakes, rare live performances, covers and alternate versions. So you really get a variety of everything here and there are a few tracks that are worth getting if you are a Residents fan. There were only about 2000 copies of this album made available and each were hand numbered, so it's probably only possible to get this used for a couple hundred bucks if you're lucky.

Here's the run down on this odd collection. "The Sour Song" is an instrumental that seems to be based on "Our Finest Flowers" which I don't know much about. "1999" is a cover of the Prince song which retains the synthesizer hook that it is famous for, but that's all it retains.....Classic Residents cover with absolutely no timing or enthusiasm in the vocals. One of those covers you just got to hear. "Ninth Rain" is another instrumental, very spare instrumentation (one vibe sounding keyboard) based on "Bridegroom of Blood". "Wanda" is a live performance of "Wanda the Worm Woman" from a live version of "Freak Show", a great example of a crazy live show. "Conceiving Ada" is an intentionally cheesy instrumental. "Paint it Black" is the Rolling Stones cover. This has got the trademark Residents sound with what sounds like a poor man's imitation of Satan on lead vocals.

"Hunters Intro" is another version of the intro on the official Hunters soundtrack. "Eskimo Opera Proposal Excerpt" is from an Eskimo project that never happened, but it is a great track that sounds like a further development of "Eskimo", and worth checking out if you are a lover of that album. Some typical Eskimo vocalizations included. "Walter Westinghouse" is a live version of that track which comes from "Babyfingers". Both male and female vocals are acted out on stage and you get to hear how it sounds. "I Murdered Mommy" is either another version or outtake from that album of the same name. Some screaming at the beginning and sparse soundtrack sounding instrumental. Sounds Art Zoyd-ish. "I Hear Ya Got Religion" is one of the first Residents recordings ever. Sounds like a redneck singing lead with rednecks singing non-harmonics in the background. I guess they have always been crazy. Sounds like they are playing party horns tuned to different keys on the instrumental breaks. "Santa Gamelan" is another version of the many "Santa Dog"s that are out there probably played on a toys from the sound of it, all instrumental with a snippet of Auld Lang Syne for you nostalgic people. "Fire '99/Second Millenium Santa Dog" is even more versions with vocals and etc.

So, as with most Residents collection, this is a novelty more than anything. Plenty of crazy Residents humor, sparse instrumentation and avant garde sound. Some of this became available in other formats after this release, so it's probably more of a completionist collection than anything. And if after reading the last few paragraphs none of this makes sense, then you definitely won't get any of it. Yeah it's good, but it's not cohesive. It sounds like tracks pasted together just because they were not available anywhere but through a download site......oh, wait a minute....The covers are great as is the Eskimo track, but is it worth it to you to try to track this down? Do you have a life? Assess those questions and get back to me. 2 stars.

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 Dollar General by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.31 | 4 ratings

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Dollar General
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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2 stars This is actually an album with a limited release of 800 copies. It was the last album to be released by Ralph America before it shut down and was reissued a year later with different artwork and two additional tracks. This album is strictly instrumental and is music that was played over the PA system before and after shows during the "Talking Light" tour.

The music is all very ambient and avant gard. The sound is very spacy, mysterious and at times, rhythmic. Sound is mostly comprised of electronics and percussion. There really isn't a lot of variety among the tracks and difficult to distinguish anything that stands out here. The music works very well for back ground music but not so much for entertainment and it was used effectively for it's original purpose of background music during the tours. But that is really most of what it was good for because there is a definite lack of variety among the tracks. The Residents have released some excellent recordings and some real duds. One of the greatest things about the group is that you never know what to expect, and if The Residents think you know what to expect next, they release something completely different.

So, this is good for ambient or background listening and not much else. You can find a lot more great avant garde music in The Residents discography, but there just isn't anything essential here. The album is simply something that should only interest collectors and fans. 2 stars.

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 Diskomo 2000 by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2000
2.92 | 4 ratings

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Diskomo 2000
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars The Residents in their strange wisdom found it necessary to take parts of the "Eskimo" album, a concept album depicting the life of an Eskimo, and make a shortened disco version of it. Now, if you have heard the "Eskimo" album, it obviously makes you curious to hear that, doesn't it. One of the most non-commercial albums ever actually was reduced to disco? Well, apparently it can be done, not just one time, but at least 3 times.

There are three versions of the Diskomo track on this E.P. They are on tracks 1, 2, and 8. The first version is actually a very well done version that will actually give The Residents credibility and could easily be played in a club and taken seriously. Seriously? The Residents? Well, they have been making music for a long, long time, they had to get it right sometime. The second version is the original Diskomo version, and though it sounds dated, it retains a lot of the original Eskimo sound, so it is easy to pick a lot of the pieces of the Eskimo album out. The third version is the 1992 version.

So what else makes up this E.P? How about the suite known as "Goosebumps". This suite comes from the original Diskomo E.P. released several years before. In this instance, it is divided up into tracks 3 - 6. These are The Residents crazy-assed versions of nursery rhymes and it is quite hilarious. They use their minimalism very well in these tracks and their twisted sense of humor is running rampart throughout this suite both in their music and their satire. Vocals are put through special effects and loops to the delight of twisted minds everywhere. I can't help but think Mike Patton was inspired by The Residents after hearing this suite. This stuff is so weird that it's awesome and it's friggin' hilarious. Nursery Rhyme psychedelia at it's best. I suppose this would be a way of introducing young children to avant garde music, but it all depends if you want them to come out of the experience with their sanity or not. Probably best to wait until they are older. The last track of the suite is "Twinkle" and the following track (#7) is an updated version (well it was updated in 2000 for this E.P. specifically) of "Twinkle". The updated version sounds nothing like the original "Twinkle" at all and is sung by a child while the instrumental accompaniment goes off on another tangent altogether.

Finally we get to the 1992 version of Diskomo, which doesn't have a disco beat at all, but is more of a constant mid-tempo beat with a constant drone in the background and pieces of Eskimo melodies playing throughout. Sort of an alternative sound that was popular during that time. Not too bad though. I do like the choral effects in this version.

Anyway, even with the 3 versions, it is varied enough to stay interesting throughout the album and if you can't get the original Diskomo E.P. then this one is worth it just for the craziness of the "Goosebumps" suite if for nothing else. Alas, I have to give this only 3 stars, because it is non- essential Residents material, but let it be known that I love this E.P.

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 Demons Dance Alone by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.11 | 17 ratings

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Demons Dance Alone
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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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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Daydream B-Liver
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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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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