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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 discography


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

4.02 | 101 ratings
Meet The Residents
1974
4.13 | 98 ratings
The Third Reich 'N Roll
1976
3.76 | 44 ratings
Fingerprince
1977
3.97 | 102 ratings
Not Available
1978
4.27 | 101 ratings
Duck Stab / Buster & Glen
1978
3.98 | 86 ratings
Eskimo
1979
3.64 | 76 ratings
Commercial Album
1980
3.01 | 53 ratings
Mark Of The Mole
1981
3.50 | 36 ratings
The Tunes of Two Cities
1982
2.43 | 11 ratings
Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf)
1983
2.66 | 20 ratings
George And James
1984
3.71 | 21 ratings
Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?
1984
2.47 | 15 ratings
The Census Taker (Original Soundtrack)
1985
2.00 | 23 ratings
The Big Bubble
1985
4.41 | 26 ratings
Stars & Hank
1986
3.75 | 39 ratings
God In Three Persons
1988
2.71 | 17 ratings
God In Three Persons Soundtrack
1988
3.29 | 26 ratings
The King & Eye
1989
2.86 | 29 ratings
Freak Show
1990
2.57 | 25 ratings
Gingerbread Man
1994
3.03 | 15 ratings
Hunters
1995
2.55 | 20 ratings
Have A Bad Day
1996
3.76 | 32 ratings
Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible
1998
2.73 | 14 ratings
Roadworms: The Berlin Sessions
2000
3.73 | 11 ratings
Icky Flix: Original Soundtrack Recording
2001
4.25 | 29 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2002
3.59 | 18 ratings
WB:RMX
2004
1.82 | 11 ratings
The King & Eye: RMX
2004
4.00 | 15 ratings
The 12 Days of Brumalia
2004
3.81 | 30 ratings
Animal Lover
2005
2.51 | 19 ratings
Tweedles!
2006
2.40 | 14 ratings
The River of Crime: Episodes 1-5
2006
4.02 | 15 ratings
The Voice of Midnight
2007
3.73 | 28 ratings
The Bunny Boy
2008
3.13 | 15 ratings
The Ughs
2009
3.33 | 13 ratings
Lonely Teenager
2011
4.14 | 7 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
4.03 | 19 ratings
Coochie Brake
2012
4.04 | 7 ratings
The Ghost Of Hope
2017

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

4.00 | 4 ratings
Mole Show
1983
4.75 | 4 ratings
Live In The USA: The 13th Anniversary Tour
1986
2.86 | 12 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show, Live in Tokyo
1986
2.25 | 8 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show: Live in Holland
1987
3.22 | 9 ratings
The Snakey Wake
1988
4.68 | 10 ratings
The Mole Show: Live in Holland
1989
2.42 | 7 ratings
Cube E: Live In Holland
1990
4.40 | 5 ratings
Live at the Fillmore
1998
3.29 | 8 ratings
Wormwood Live 1999
1999
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Way We Were
2005
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Mole Show (Bag Set)
2009
3.67 | 3 ratings
13th Anniversary Show - Ritz NY - Jan 16, 1986
2010
5.00 | 2 ratings
Brava
2010
5.00 | 2 ratings
Talking Light Bimbo's
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
Triple Dub-Ya: The Way We Were Melbourne
2012
3.67 | 3 ratings
Demonic! The Residents Live in Oslo!
2013
3.75 | 4 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show - Cleveland (Featuring Snakefinger)
2014
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Wonder of Weird
2014
3.80 | 5 ratings
Shadowland
2015

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
Moleshow/Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats
1984
4.00 | 3 ratings
Video Voodoo Volume I
1987
4.59 | 13 ratings
Icky Flix
2001
4.00 | 8 ratings
Eskimo
2002
4.61 | 10 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2003
2.76 | 9 ratings
The Commercial Album
2004
4.14 | 7 ratings
The Residents Play Wormwood: Curious Stories From The Bible
2005
3.18 | 2 ratings
Is Anybody Out There?
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Icky Flix Live
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Residents' Talking Light presents Randy's Ghost Stories
2010

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

3.33 | 6 ratings
Residue
1983
5.00 | 1 ratings
Assorted Secrets
1984
4.00 | 2 ratings
Heaven?
1986
3.33 | 3 ratings
Hell!
1986
3.13 | 8 ratings
Our Finest Flowers
1992
4.46 | 6 ratings
Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses
1997
4.14 | 7 ratings
Residue Deux
1998
4.00 | 2 ratings
Land of Mystery
1999
4.00 | 2 ratings
Refused
1999
2.26 | 4 ratings
Dot.com
2000
3.69 | 8 ratings
Petting Zoo
2002
4.00 | 3 ratings
Kettles of Fish on the Outskirts of Town
2003
3.18 | 2 ratings
CUBE E, The History of Amerian Music in 3-EZ Pieces
2006
2.14 | 2 ratings
Ten Little Piggies: Tunes From Future Projects
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Heaven / Hell!
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
DOT.COM
2017

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

3.28 | 10 ratings
Santa Dog 1972
1972
4.67 | 3 ratings
Meet The Residents Sampler
1974
3.33 | 3 ratings
Satisfaction
1976
4.00 | 11 ratings
The Beatles Play the Residents and the Residents Play the Beatles
1977
3.07 | 7 ratings
The Residents Radio Special / Eat Exuding Oinks
1977
3.66 | 15 ratings
Duck Stab
1978
3.50 | 2 ratings
Santa Dog '78
1978
3.38 | 8 ratings
Babyfingers
1979
2.37 | 11 ratings
Diskomo
1980
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Commercial Single
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Shut Up, Shut Up
1980
3.08 | 11 ratings
Intermission
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
The White Single
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
It's A Man's Man's Man's World
1984
3.09 | 3 ratings
Kaw-Liga (Dancemix)
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
This Is A Mans Mans Mans World
1986
3.50 | 4 ratings
Kaw-Liga
1986
3.40 | 5 ratings
Hit The Road Jack
1987
3.50 | 2 ratings
For Elsie
1987
3.25 | 4 ratings
Double Shot
1988
2.49 | 7 ratings
Holy Kiss Of Flesh
1988
3.67 | 6 ratings
Santa Dog '88
1988
4.00 | 2 ratings
Buckaroo Blues
1989
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kaw-Liga (Housey Mix)
1989
3.75 | 4 ratings
Don't Be Cruel
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Liver Music
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Stranger Than Supper
1990
2.21 | 5 ratings
Daydream B-Liver
1991
3.20 | 5 ratings
Santa Dog '92
1992
4.00 | 2 ratings
Prelude to "The Teds"
1993
2.43 | 5 ratings
Poor Kaw Liga´s Pain
1994
3.05 | 3 ratings
Louisiana's Lick
1995
3.31 | 7 ratings
Pollex Christi
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
I Hate Heaven
1998
1.32 | 6 ratings
In Between Screams: Intermission Music From The Residents' Wormwood
1999
3.04 | 6 ratings
Diskomo 2000
2000
3.08 | 7 ratings
High Horses
2001
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Golden Goat
2003
3.00 | 5 ratings
I Murdered Mommy!
2004
4.50 | 2 ratings
Viva Las Vegas RMX
2004
4.00 | 3 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, vol.2
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, Vol. 1
2006
4.00 | 2 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, vol. 3
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Night Of The Hunters
2007
3.75 | 4 ratings
Animal Lover Instrumental
2008
3.75 | 4 ratings
Smell My Picture
2008
3.85 | 4 ratings
Postcards from Patmos
2008
2.27 | 2 ratings
Arkansas
2009
2.00 | 1 ratings
1997: The Missing Year - The Fillmore Dress Rehearsal (Act One)
2009
3.00 | 2 ratings
1997: The Missing Year - Adobe Disfigured Night
2009
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tabasco: Tweedles Instrumental
2010
2.29 | 5 ratings
Dollar General
2010
3.04 | 7 ratings
Chuck's Ghost Music
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
Dolor Generar- Una Noche Lost en Van Horn Texas
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
CUBE E Dynasone 3EZ
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
Ozark
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
Night Train To Nowhere!
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Wolverines (Fix)
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Halloween
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
There's Blood (On The Bunny)
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
My Window
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
Magic Finger
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Bunny Boy
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Weatherman
2013
3.60 | 5 ratings
Mush-Room: Music from the Need Company Performance
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
My Brother Paul
2014
4.00 | 2 ratings
Manz Whirled
2014
3.50 | 2 ratings
Boneless Boy (Jelly Jack)
2014
5.00 | 2 ratings
Lizard Lady (Live)
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rushing Like A Banshee
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Santa Dog 17
2017

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3.81 | 30 ratings

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4 stars At this point, The Residents have moved past their MIDI stage. There are still a lot of synths being used, but now they have brought back in guitar parts, albeit processed. But they have ventured into other sounds as well. The music is sounding much better and there is a lot more depth now, and a lot more experimentation. They also have been using other vocalists now, especially Molly Harvey, who is often used as characterization for female characters in the songs. They have also matured somewhat into more intelligent concepts, though they still deal with the very dark side of the human condition.

This time around, the album looks at the relationship between humans and animals. The booklet that comes with this album is a very important part of the entire experience, in that each song has an introduction as narrated by an animal, or the way an animal would try to explain each situation. The songs themselves are usually sung from the viewpoint of the human though. As usual, with the Residents, you get into some very dark and disgusting human habits, and, also as usual, this album is not for the faint of heart, stomach, or ear. But, it's interesting to see these bizarre human actions through the eyes of an animal, or at least, the way The Residents think an animal would think.

Even though that is the concept, not all songs follow that pattern. 'Two Lips' for example is about the Tulip Mania financial crisis in the Netherlands in 1637. The songs are more progressive here now, as if The Residents have finally found a genre that explains their music, this is no doubt Avant-Garde Prog, and they embrace it completely now. The music is strange, and as was the case with 'Wormwood', one of their best later albums, very dark, dramatic and almost performed as a short stage musical. This is more the feeling of their concerts as they are truly stage shows.

There are a lot more female led vocals on this album, thank goodness. That means you don't have to hear the designated Resident sing. But when he does, it's usually very processed, so it adds to the characterization of the song. There are also choirs, or at least group singing and even children's choirs as in 'What Have My Chickens Done Now?' There are also some instrumentals that separate the sections of the album. The song 'Inner Space' is actually a song that can generate emotions in the listener, as it is a very beautifully sung with emotional lyrics. A huge surprise from the Residents. 'Elmer's Song' is almost spiritual sounding with a plucked string instrument.

No doubt that this is one of the best Residents albums. It is good to hear them take the actual composition of their music seriously, even though the lyrics can be quite demented at times. But at least, the music matches the feeling of the songs more than previously. However, be warned, that this is a very morose album, depressing, scary and dark. It still is not music for everyone, but it might be a good point for the curious to enter into their huge, but demented discography.

The use of more instruments, the orchestration, the addition of other vocalists and choirs add to the variety. Even though this is worlds better than the late 80s and early 90s output, it's still hard to give it 5 stars. It's not always the easiest stuff to listen to, not from complexity, but from subject matter. And doggone it, I wish there could be something a little more upbeat added in there. This probably would have gotten 5 stars if it wasn't so depressing. I am excited to hear some actual emotion put into their lyrics, singing and orchestration. That is a huge plus. Residents fans should love this album, new fans could also be generated from this album, but only those that can keep an open mind. The Residents music is usually a study of the depravity of human beings and that can be really hard to listen to for a long length of time, it does tend to wear on a person after awhile.

 Wormwood:  Curious Stories From the Bible by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.76 | 32 ratings

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

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Released by The Residents during their MIDI years, this one is another strange one, but with a very interesting concept. They decide to explore 18 of some of the strangest Bible stories in the big black book. These are the stories that you didn't hear about in Sunday School, or in any religious school for that manner. They don't try to expand on them, they instead bring them to life in song, singing in first person. It's best to follow along with lyrics so that you understand them best.

The tracks are interesting, and there is some variety here even though the music is all computerized or electronic. The vocal duties are shared with the usual Residents' vocalist and other guest vocalists to give the music the feeling of characterization. This makes perfect sense to bring meaning to the songs. The concept is intriguing and the topics of the songs are controversial considering the source material, but they are topics that Christians like to ignore, or pass by quickly when reading the Bible. In my opinion, we would understand a lot more if we really understood the meaning of these strange events. Since the music itself sounds quite similar throughout, I want to concentrate on the song topics, because that is what makes this album so great and interesting. I will mention a few things about the music as it stands out in the tracks too.

The first track 'In the Beginning' is more of an instrumental introduction, though listening to it, I don't really understand what other function it serves other than a prelude to the entire craziness and I'm sure in their shows, they use it quite effectively. 'Firefall' is the story of Lot, but not just the pillar of salt story. No, that would be too normal. This is the story of how Lot invites two angels into his home and how the townspeople find out about it and pester Lot to let them rape the angels. Lot instead offers up his daughters to appease the crowd. God rains fire from the sky and Lot and his family escape and, well you know what happens to his wife next.

'They are the Meat' is about Ezekiel's violent visions. The vocal melody is very repetitive, but the instrumental part is interesting enough. 'Melancholy Clumps' is about Noah building the ark and how it will be 'the home of melancholy clumps of bone'. Interesting choice of words. Treated vocals and other strange sounds. 'How to Get a Head' is about Salome dancing in order to get anything she wishes and requests John the Baptists head. This is sung by a female vocalist and is quite morbid, but sounds kind of cheery what with snapping fingers going along with the beat. The organ at the end gives it the church-y but scary sound. 'Cain and Abel' is of course a descriptive account of how Cain felt after murdering his brother. This one is slow and pensive.

'Mr. Misery' is about Job who as most know was the poor, tortured man that God gave the Devil free reign to agonize. The tune is a bit upbeat for such a poor man. I guess this reflect his attitude to always be righteous no matter what happened to him. 'Tent Peg in the Temple' is about a woman who took in a poor man who was her enemy in battle, he was just trying to find some dry clothes, he ended up in her bed and she killed him with a tent peg driven through his temple. Ouch. This one is also a female vocalist. 'God's Magic Finger' is about the King of Babylon asking David to interpret a message written on his wall by a floating hand. The message said that the king's days were numbered. This one is a little annoying because the chorus is repeated too many times.

'Spilling the Seed' is about Onan who was supposed to marry his brother's widow. He was to impregnate her but instead pulls out, and because he disobeyed God, he was struck dead. This one is a simple melody with a catchy rhythm until the sad ending. 'Dinah and the Unclean Skin' is a disgusting Biblical story about how, after the rape of Dinah, an agreement is made between two warring sides that all the men of a village should be circumcised and while they were in bed recovering, they were killed by their opponents. 'Bathsheba Bathes' is about David being tempted by watching Bathsheba bathe on the roof (the pervert) and how his jealousy influences him to send her husband to the front line of the army where he is killed. The song is sparse with chime like sounds. The voice singing David's part is the typical Resident's vocal but is mostly subdued almost a whisper, but the narrator is a strange obscure voice that has been treated.

'Bridegroom of Blood' is a very strange account of Moses and his wife. She circumcises her baby son wipes the blood on Moses' feet calling him her bridegroom of blood. If this is disturbing, remember it's right from the bible and the references are in the program notes for each of these stories. A loop of a crying child only makes this one more chilling. Vocals are shared between female and male vocalists as represented by the characters. This one is very graphic and disturbing to say the least. 'Hanging By His Hair' is about David's son who during a rebellion against his father gets his hair stuck in a tree. He is then killed by David's general. This one is more dramatic as far as the music goes and utilizes dynamics better than most of the songs on this album.

'Seven Ugly Cows' is about a dream interpreted by Joseph about 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. This is another sparse song. 'Burn Baby Burn' is the story about sacrificing a family member that doesn't end as well as the Abraham/Isaac story. Jephthah returns from war with the oath that he would sacrifice whatever came out to greet him first, he thought it would be an animal, but it is his daughter, whom he promptly sacrifices. This one has a reggae feel to it, of course all done with MIDI. 'KILL HIM' is about the test of Abraham and Isaac as mentioned just before, but it details animal sacrifices as per instructions in the scriptures. This one is sung as if Abraham is mentally disturbed. 'I Hate Heaven' is based on The Song of Solomon as from the lover's point of view. This music sounds almost like it was inspired by early 60s rock n roll girl groups. The last story is 'Judas Saves' as Judas contemplates his role in salvation because it is necessary for him to betray Christ in order for him to die for mankind's sins. 'Now it is so clear/He must appear/To be betrayed/So we can be saved'. Interesting concept. The last track is the outro instrumental called 'Revelation'. Again, this is added for purposes of the shows that were given to promote this material.

Overall, there are places where things can get kind of stale because of the sameness of the instrumental. Since this album was produced during the time when The Resident's relied way too much on MIDI programming, they do get that quality. Where this album excels in The Resident's huge discography is in the orchestration (even though if it were orchestrated with real instruments would have been much much better), and the concept. This album, because of those things, is a very strong album. It is not for everyone, especially those that are offended easily or with weak stomachs, but it is true that all of this is in The Bible. The Resident's, being the type of eyeballs that they are, thought this was perfect material for them, and it was probably the best they would do during this period of their recording history. This album definitely deserves a 4 star rating for the concept and orchestration and not for the presentation of the orchestration itself. That's why it is 4 stars and not 5.

Now I have to cut this review short at this point as the lightning outside is getting really close....I'm not joking.

 Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.71 | 21 ratings

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Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Lewian

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 "cool". Despite my experimental leanings, trash esthetic isn't quite right for me, and that rules out a considerable portion of their output. Well perhaps not so much... I listen to a lot of Residents these days and change my mind about them all the time. Sometimes I hate them, sometimes I realise what geniuses they are; neither of these sentiments goes away for long.

"Whatever Happens to Vileness Fats" is one of their less trashy and more accessible releases, if not the most, and potentially also their most consistent. It's mostly electronic with some reference to Kraftwerk. It comes with a small amount of vocals here and there, and there is rather little ambition this time to destroy sounds on purpose to generate nastiness. Sure the keyboards sound somewhat thin, dirty and occasionally noisy, they have a reputation to lose so that's what they do. There's also a little atonal sax that works rather well in Eloise, which also has some trashy vocals but still qualifies as a highlight.

This was recorded as a soundtrack for what was finally published as a 40 minutes or so extract from a much earlier grandiose but failed film project, "Vileness Fats". It surely sounds like very suitable music for a film and having not seen it, I can imagine my own wacky animation film for this. The downside is that sometimes it seems like something is missing, like this is meant to work together with the visuals that are not there on the album. One issue that I have with the Residents is that much of what they do doesn't seem to be about the music alone, but rather about storytelling, theater, other visual effects, provocation etc. Which is fine for those who love that kind of stuff but loses them some marks from those like me who are in the first place if not exclusively interested in the music.

There is a rather consistent sound with some themes recurring throughout the album. It has a rather minimalist flavour with very transparent and sometimes repetitive arrangements carrying small melodies and motifs, but it isn't without surprising twists. The mood is cloudy to dark with the odd musical joke thrown in. The title track is really awesome and memorable. and there are further very good moments. Overall the album runs smoothly, I'm tempted to say almost a bit too smoothly; the listener isn't put off at any point but may crave for some more of the spice of which some other Residents albums have rather too much. Well, ultimately it's still the Residents and warped enough. Surely it's a good and unique album with some highlights, but over the full distance something is missing to make it really great. 3.3 stars.

PS: This is about the old Ralph album without the "Census Taker" bonus tracks.

 The Ghost Of Hope by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.04 | 7 ratings

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The Ghost Of Hope
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Tapfret
Special Collaborator Eclectic & C/JRF Prog Team

4 stars A Real "Trainwreck" of an Album

The Residents exist in a niche within a niche as one of the most divisive acts in our little archive. Generally regarded as surreal, darkly theatrical, and musically quite a bit more minimalist than the typical prog rock fare, they tend to evoke a "love 'em/hate 'em" response from listeners, particularly first timers. The consistency that one finds with The Residents is their affinity for unifying themes and full-on concept albums to go along with their dark theatrics. Their 2017 release, The Ghost of Hope, fits the mold to the letter.

In the current political climate of "out with the new, in with the old", the first thought that might come to mind is there is a political theme to this album with a name like The Ghost of Hope. Perhaps, but not on a superficial or immediately transparent way. No, The Residents are a great deal more clever than that. The album is a cautionary tale weaved from a conglomeration of turn of the century (19th-20th) rail disasters. Disasters ultimately resultant of hubris and decaying infrastructure, used as a parallel to current technological advancements and inability to apply the throttle in moderation. The seven disasters were chosen not for their quantity of carnage, but instead for the quality thereof. The scenes are painted in particularly gory, often fiery detail. Those familiar with The Residents ability to apply the aforementioned dark theatrics will not be surprised by their ability to create deeply morbid textures into 100-plus year-old stories. Often presented in the ubiquitous monotone, semi-spoken word vocal stylings of "Randy Rose", the stories take on that 90's, early 2000's backwater storytelling motif that became The Residents' staple. Combined with background sound effects of locomotive whistles, crowd noise (even an elephant), and rail clatter, one is transported to the scene of the horrifying incidents as described.

Musically the core instrumentation is consistent with the synth driven textures common to The Residents the late- 80's and forward material. Rarely are the tempos redundant. There are a few surprises. For example, a section of driving hard rock precipitated by the cycling of metal wheels on rail of a speeding train. But overall it falls within the expectations of their later material with long sections of ambiance to color the background canvas of accompanied sound effects.

What sets this album apart is the booklet packaging. The CD is sleeved in a hardcover book presentation. Anyone who has ever seen the coffee table books of railroad enthusiasts will recognize the publication styling. The booklet is 20-pages long, complete with the lyrics, stories and accounts of the accidents the songs describe, as well as accident scene photos with our friendly tuxedoed giant eyeballs photoshopped in for good measure.

For the music alone this is a good to excellent 3.5 star album. Perhaps nothing new under the sun, but beautifully textured and explicit example of the storytelling ability of The Residents. But I highly recommend the full CD package to even fringe appreciators of the band for its collector value. For that, I give the album a solid 4-stars.

 Duck Stab / Buster & Glen by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.27 | 101 ratings

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

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In principle divided into two sides - Duck Stab is side A, Buster & Glen is side B - you'd have to listen pretty carefully to work out whether there's any real logical distinction between the two halves of this bizarre little album. Mashing 14 offbeat musical outbursts into just over 35 minutes, the album ranges from almost-mainstream catchy numbers like Weight Lifting Lulu to weird goof-offs like Bach Is Dead and dissonant experiments like Electrocutioner. It's all very, very odd, but somehow compelling right to the end, and whilst I don't think I "get it" just yet, I don't think I lose anything from not getting it - I'm glad just to let it go and let the stabbed ducks waddle over me.
 Duck Stab / Buster & Glen by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.27 | 101 ratings

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

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This was my first taste of THE RESIDENTS and it was an excellent place to start as it is one of their more accessible records. This album is made up of two Eps both with seven songs each, with "Duck Stab" having been released prior to this while "Buster & Glen" was first released here. I can't believe these guys are from Louisiana. Anyway for someone like myself who likes to describe the music this is a nightmare. The off-kiltered rhythms, manipulated instruments, treated vocals and humerous lyrics make this very unique sounding. And it's very catchy to the point of a few of these songs getting stuck in my head. PRIMUS are very big fans of these guys and covered a few of their songs.

"Constantinople" is a word that will bring this song to mind if I ever here it again. Man this is so catchy and repetitive and it makes me smile. Very strange instrumental sounds and these guys have a talent for making catchy but strange rhythms. "Sinister Exaggerator" opens with a beat and guitar but neither are even close to being conventional. It almost sounds like violin briefly. Catchy stuff with vocals arriving before 1 1/2 minutes. There's that weird violin-like sound again after the vocals stop. "Booker Tease" is brighter with again a head-bobbing rhythm. The dissonance before a minute makes me squint. "Blue Rosebuds" is a dark toe-tapper with reserved and somewhat normal vocals. There's also some high-pitched helium- like vocals that are quite amusing. "Laughing Song" has what sounds like demented accordion then this laughter kicks in and the rhythm mimics the laughter. Funny stuff. "Bach Is Dead" is simple but so enjoyable as "Bach is dead" is repeated over and over. Who knew singing about someone being dead would be so funny. The final track of the first Ep is "Elvis And His Boss" which is so strange including the vocals. The instrumental work is way out there people.

"Lizard Lady" has fast paced vocals and an urgent sound. Sounds like a Minion a minute in(haha). The intensity rises late. "Semolina" is one that while catchy is also my least favourite mainly because of the way he sings the chorus. It still gets stuck in my head though damn it! "Birthday Boy" is funny and a highlight of the "Buster & Glen" Ep for me. Again we get this strange sounding rhythm and humerous lyrics. "Weight Lifting Lulu" has a different vibe to it along with this dark undercurrent. Normal vocals and it's catchy. Dissonant string-like sounds arrive after 2 minutes. "Krafty Cheese" is so difficult to describe with those deep sounds and also the experimental ones. Deep voices and those helium-like ones are part of this. "Hello Skinny" doesn't amuse me as far as the lyrics go but man instrumentally this is once again very innovative. "Electrocutioner" has a beat and what sounds like horns as the vocals join in. This is catchy but man there's plenty of dissonance in it. A change after 1 1/2 minutes as we get vocals and what sounds like mellotron(I'm sure it's not). A beat and more follows.

I absolutely love this stuff and while I feel the second Ep isn't as strong as the first this is easily 4 stars.

 Kaw-Liga (Dancemix) by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Kaw-Liga (Dancemix)
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars An enormous eye full of mirrors.

If somebody has the guts to add up all kind of 80's dance floor music cliches, turn them around to the point of sounding as new, danceable and fashionable as they are, and yet mock the whole dance floor scene without defacing it, but enhancing its superficial glam and involuntary kitsch , well those somebodies have to be The Residents with this "Kaw Liga (DANCEMIX)", 1986, EP.

The original track inspired by "Kaw-Liga" written by Hank Williams & Fred Rose, an offspring included in their tribute album "STARS & HANK", same year, plus 2 remixes of the same, one of those completely un-danceable and totally "Resident" experimental weird, conform this fun, irreverent yet perfectly constructed and designed quasi-dance floor oriented release.

***3 PA stars.

 Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf) by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.43 | 11 ratings

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Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf)
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Being a huge fan of both bands I found this to be a bit of a deflating let down. It seems to have caught both parties off guard, unsure as to quite what's happening in either camp. It should have sounded a lot better than this, that's for sure.

Apparently recorded in just four days in 1981 when 'Renaldo and the Loaf' were on 'holiday' in San Francisco. This lay dormant for two years as it was unfinished at that time until the 'Residents'. encountering serious financial difficulties decided to put some vocals on top of these initial recordings. 'Renaldo and the Loaf' in turn sent tape manipulations to the 'Residents' via post.

You can understand then why this can be interpreted as a messy state of affairs which is all too obvious in the finished article. It all sounds kind of disjointed and staccato. There are small moments of brilliance during 'Sitting in the Sand' with it's wobbly electronics, 'Snakefinger' guitars, high pitched backing vocals and demented Residents wailing. Super stuff. However it's all over too soon. And at just 34 minutes in duration many may feel they're getting a bit of a raw deal in buying this.

It still sounds 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest' crazy, but doesn't have the amusing insanity of 'Renaldo and the Loaf' and lacks the frantic energy of the 'Residents'. "Title in Limbo' remains a somewhat lifeless and limp recording considering their previous output. There's an odd minimalism throughout that just doesn't fit.

For 'Renaldo and the Loaf' check out 81's magnificent 'Songs for Swinging Larvae' - one of the most extreme demented albums you'll ever flap your ears to. As for 'The Residents' - they plummeted into great decline at this point for reasons unknown.

I guess we've just been spoiled with the brilliance of each artist up until this point. This is one to forget I'm afraid. It doesn't work and neither band synchronizes with the other.

 The King & Eye: RMX by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
1.82 | 11 ratings

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The King & Eye: RMX
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

1 stars So if you take a 3 star album full of Elvis covers that are done in a dark, minimalistic and sometimes sarcastic manner, and remix them so that they have very predictable dance beats behind them, do you think you can make it better? Well, all of the above traits in the original album were the only positives about the so-so album, and these things are completely erased from these remixes, except for the crazy guitar solo in "Devil in Disguise". Other than that, this is just too predictable and do nothing to add to the originals.

I was going to give this album 2 stars, but I was only half way through it when I made that decision. As the album continues, it gets even more annoying. Thus, it gets 1 star. Silly Residents anyway. That's all I got to say about this one.

 The King & Eye by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.29 | 26 ratings

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The King & Eye
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars So, this is a tough one. It is genius and hilarious what The Residents are doing here, but it's hard to tell if they are paying homage to Elvis, or making fun sometimes. This is an album full of Elvis covers, with the typical (usually) minimalistic approach. They dismantle the songs, make them dark, occasionally throw some loud and strange guitar passages in there. Throughout the album, there is some spoken word skits where a person is sitting there telling the story of the King with some children listening in and making comments. KInd of a strange bedtime story.

The covers are interesting, but the album gets old fast. As much as you want to like what you are hearing, the rendering of the songs by what seems to be satirical takes on the music, it tends to run on too long, and it also is not an album you will want to listen to very often. However, hearing the songs this way emphasizes the darkness of some of the lyrics, while with others, the rendering changes the meanings completely. There are some very decent tracks here however, namely "Devil in Disguise", "Little Sister", "His Latest Flame" (with a surprisingly emotional guest vocalist) and "Viva Las Vegas". But the few high points here don't save the overall album.

I am surprised that you don't hear much mention from reviewers, professional or amateur, about how there are suggestions of religious sarcasm here, how there are hints of comparisons with Jesus and God, but if you listen to the story and the way the songs are delivered, surely you will hear this. Just another way The Residents make fun of music and society.

Anyway, it is an interesting concept, but it loses it's appeal after so long and it has a very short appeal as far as returning to the album later. It is kind of fun to play for Elvis fans though and a sick joke. Anyway, we'll give this one 3 stars. Good, but not terrific.

Thanks to Retrovertigo for the artist addition.

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