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THE RESIDENTS

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Founded in San Francisco, USA in 1969 - Still active as of 2018

The Residents formed in the late 60'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. The...
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THE RESIDENTS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.02 | 110 ratings
Meet The Residents
1974
4.18 | 108 ratings
The Third Reich 'N' Roll
1976
3.75 | 54 ratings
Fingerprince
1977
3.96 | 111 ratings
Not Available
1978
4.32 | 116 ratings
Duck Stab / Buster & Glen
1978
3.88 | 95 ratings
Eskimo
1979
3.61 | 84 ratings
Commercial Album
1980
3.03 | 60 ratings
Mark Of The Mole
1981
3.26 | 40 ratings
The Tunes of Two Cities
1982
3.04 | 15 ratings
Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf)
1983
2.66 | 23 ratings
George And James
1984
2.90 | 24 ratings
Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?
1984
2.39 | 17 ratings
The Census Taker (Original Soundtrack)
1985
1.77 | 29 ratings
The Big Bubble
1985
4.33 | 33 ratings
Stars & Hank
1986
3.58 | 42 ratings
God In Three Persons
1988
2.72 | 18 ratings
God In Three Persons Soundtrack
1988
3.29 | 27 ratings
The King & Eye
1989
2.83 | 32 ratings
Freak Show
1990
2.58 | 26 ratings
Gingerbread Man
1994
3.03 | 16 ratings
Hunters
1995
2.54 | 22 ratings
Have A Bad Day
1996
3.74 | 34 ratings
Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible
1998
2.74 | 15 ratings
Roadworms: The Berlin Sessions
2000
3.75 | 12 ratings
Icky Flix: Original Soundtrack Recording
2001
4.23 | 31 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2002
4.03 | 21 ratings
WB:RMX
2004
1.84 | 13 ratings
The King & Eye: RMX
2004
4.00 | 17 ratings
The 12 Days of Brumalia
2004
3.80 | 34 ratings
Animal Lover
2005
2.63 | 22 ratings
Tweedles!
2006
2.40 | 17 ratings
The River of Crime: Episodes 1-5
2006
4.00 | 18 ratings
The Voice of Midnight
2007
3.78 | 31 ratings
The Bunny Boy
2008
3.37 | 18 ratings
The Ughs
2009
3.33 | 14 ratings
Lonely Teenager
2011
4.11 | 9 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
4.01 | 22 ratings
Coochie Brake
2012
3.90 | 10 ratings
The Ghost Of Hope
2017
3.33 | 3 ratings
Intruders
2018
0.00 | 0 ratings
B. S.
2019
3.75 | 4 ratings
Metal, Meat & Bone (The Songs of Dyin' Dog)
2020

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

4.00 | 4 ratings
Mole Show
1983
4.60 | 5 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 | 3 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
4.00 | 3 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
In Between Dreams Live
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
God in 3 Persons (with John Sanborn)
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bunny Boy Live in Frankfurt
2021

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
4.59 | 11 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
3.30 | 8 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
3.75 | 4 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Eskimo Deconstructed
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
Eyeful
2020
5.00 | 1 ratings
Leftovers Again?!
2021

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

3.35 | 12 ratings
Santa Dog 1972
1972
4.67 | 3 ratings
Meet The Residents Sampler
1974
3.33 | 3 ratings
Satisfaction
1976
4.03 | 13 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
2.38 | 10 ratings
Babyfingers
1979
3.02 | 13 ratings
Diskomo
1980
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Commercial Single
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Shut Up, Shut Up
1980
3.27 | 12 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
3.05 | 3 ratings
For Elsie
1987
1.38 | 5 ratings
Double Shot
1988
2.49 | 7 ratings
Holy Kiss of Flesh
1988
3.67 | 6 ratings
Santa Dog '88
1988
3.09 | 3 ratings
Buckaroo Blues
1989
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kaw-Liga (Housey Mix)
1989
3.13 | 5 ratings
Don't Be Cruel
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Liver Music
1990
4.00 | 3 ratings
Stranger Than Supper
1990
3.88 | 5 ratings
Daydream B-Liver
1991
3.20 | 5 ratings
Santa Dog '92
1992
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Blowoff
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
3.96 | 5 ratings
Smell My Picture
2008
3.85 | 4 ratings
Postcards from Patmos
2008
2.74 | 3 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
4.00 | 5 ratings
Tabasco: Tweedles Instrumental
2010
2.29 | 5 ratings
Dollar General
2010
3.04 | 7 ratings
Chuck's Ghost Music
2011
4.04 | 4 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
5.00 | 1 ratings
Rushing Like A Banshee
2016
5.00 | 1 ratings
Santa Dog 17
2017
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Intruder
2018
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dreaming of an Eyeball Beaming
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
Music to Eat Bricks By
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Healer and The Archer
2020
0.00 | 0 ratings
Picnic/Loser + God's Magic Finger (Live in Japan)
2021

THE RESIDENTS Reviews


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 Duck Stab / Buster & Glen by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.32 | 116 ratings

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

Review by Gorgut Muncher

5 stars HERE I COME GOD DAMN CONSTANTINOPLE!!!

Not an album for the faint hearted. So that you understand how inaccessible this band is in general, this is actually one of their most accessible records. The album features polyphony, twisted vocals, acid instrumentation and a very enjoyable silliness present in every track. Some songs are chill, jazzy and mellow, some others are bombastic, insane and over-the-top, and there's no other band capable of merging those two things as well as The Residents.

If you like bands like Primus (a band that would not exist if it wasn't because of The Residents) or Frank Zappa, go check this out. You're probably already used to weird, experimental music. If you're not used to avant-garde, good luck! You'll either love it or hate it!

 Duck Stab / Buster & Glen by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.32 | 116 ratings

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

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars This is one of the weirdest albums you will ever hear in your life. The first track by itself should tell you that.

It's not a normal avant-garde album, it's even more structureless and random. Surprisingly, it's one of The Residents most accessible records, and a great place to start if you want to get into their discography. This album frequently makes use of samples, atonality and cacophony, combined with vocals that have passed through multiple voice effects. An incredibly unique record, it manages to keep you entertained through its thirty five minutes.

I recommend it mostly to avant-garde fans, and it's essential to any The Residents fan.

 Intermission by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.27 | 12 ratings

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Intermission
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars Why would The Residents release albums of incidental music from their defunct and failed stage shows? Because it's The Residents and some people just have to have everything they produce. This is an EP of 5 songs that were previously unavailable on any of The Mole albums, but (as the label says) it is not Music from The Mole Part III, its all music that was produced only for use in The Residents' live Mole shows. Originally, it was not intended for release, but since The Residents couldn't capitalize on the goofy story, they just couldn't help themselves. And it is good for us that they couldn't. The 5 songs on this short EP are better than most of the tracks that were released for consumer consumption and regurgitation.

This album was made before Snakefinger's passing away and before the period of time when the band got caught up in the vortex called The 80's, which is probably when they released their most unfunny and uninspired music and resorted to your grandmother's cheap Wurlitzer organ to make music.

Lights Out - Snakefinger makes his presence quite known on this track with his unique guitar stylings laid out upon a base of percussion and hand clap loops along with some very eerie synth effects and music. Strangely enough, this sounds better than a lot of the music on any of "The Mole" albums and was only used as an introduction to their live show.

Shorty's Lament - A lot of percussion loops and a spooky synth play the melody of this track, and the melody gets more apparent when some guest singers sing choral style along with the synth. The percussion is a bit hollow sounding (due to effects) and maybe too repetitive, but the vocals make up for it all. Spoken word from The Resident's own lead vocalist and his drawl fill in more space on this one when the synth isn't there making some atmospheric freakout music.

The Moles Are Coming - This tense piece sounds like it could have come from a suspense thriller, but then so could 70% of The Resident's music. It is quite an intriguing, yet short track, and probably one of the best of any of their incidental pieces. This is the reason why you just have to have The Resident's music, because you never know when they hit upon a masterpiece even if it is by accident.

Would We Be Alive? - This one sounds the most like it was produced on an organ in your friendly neighborhood second hand store. But this was also before they wore that sound out, so you got to give them credit for trying it out here, but after that, they should have left the organ in the fire they set when they burned down that 2nd hand store.

The New Hymn - More really band music, but done in a good way. Bad rhythm track, obnoxious organ chords and a really twisted sounding choir that sucks on helium balloons for a hobby. Oh yeah, and Mister Cowboy lead singer from The Resident's sings too. But again, this was before they wore that sound out completely. But it's all in fun, and when it's all in fun, well, anything can get past the snobby critics.

This is a fun EP and if you have to have at least one album full of incidental, failed stage shows from The Residents, well you should first have your head examined, and then you should have this one. If not, well then, absolutely nothing will happen, but you will eventually pass away not ever having heard this before. Hmmm, kind of makes you stop and think, doesn't it? No? Well then go finish your cauliflower pizza! Oprah loves them!

 Residue Deux by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
3.30 | 8 ratings

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Residue Deux
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars There are about six THE RESIDENTS recordings that I would highly recommend, this is not one of them. There was a compilation album they released back in 1983 called "Residue", well this contains those twelve tracks plus another ten and they called this "Residue Deux". This was released in 1998 and these compilation albums contain outtakes of songs mostly from the early seventies to the early eighties. This is actually much better than you would think but I'd still suggest this one to hard core fans only. The first track that I really took to was "Diskomo" with those light vocals that come and go while beats and experimental sounds support. So catchy. "From The Plains Of Mexico" has these folky almost spoken words with an intense backdrop of sounds. The lyrics are dramatic. "Safety Is A Cootie Wootie" rounds out my top three and this one is also pretty intense sounding with vocals over top. So with 22 songs and all being outtakes you know we're going to get some duds but I'm actually surprised at how consistently good this is. I take back what I said earlier, if you're a fan of this band it's well worth checking this recording out, you might be surprised.
 For Elsie by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
3.05 | 3 ratings

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For Elsie
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars This EP "For Elsie" was recorded somewhere between 1984-85, and was released as a single-sided 12" single in 1987. The music on it was used as intermission music for their 13th Anniversary Show. It is one of the band's kooky covers, this time of Beethoven's "Fur Elise". There is speculation that it could have been part of the band's failed project "American Composer series". (Yes, we all know Beethoven wasn't American, but why would that stop The Residents?)

The EP is comprised of the one track. The CD version of the album, released later, has 10 more glorious minutes of music that doesn't exist on the vinyl version, but the vinyl version has some cool etching art on the non-playable side, so there! The CD also shows the track divided up into nine parts with the 3rd part based off of "Jingle Bells" and Part 5 coming from another EP, specifically "Santa Dog '84". Everything else here is that typical, cheap sounding synthesizer music you have come to love and expect from this band from this era of their existence.

The music is definitely based on the main theme from Fur Elise and from there, over the course of almost 30 minutes, the famous melody is ripped apart, deconstructed and bastardized to its utmost to produce this timeless and spectacular wreck of an EP. But, it's all fun. It's not until Part 4 that you start to hear snippets of the secondary theme played by a synthetic percussive xylophonic instrument. There is a sort of symphonic feel to the keyboard effects that also throw in a dramatic element to it all, and then, of course, The Residents have to add in the Santa Dog theme, like we needed to be reminded that this it, after all, music played by eyeball impersonators. At least this theme tends to break up the abused theme, because, after all, the band was all about variety in their music, though someone forgot to send them the memo about that. You'll also thrill to the Gershwin stylization which is underlayed by industrial pipe pounding (think Depeche Mode sprinkled by spy movie music) in Part 7.

Would Beethoven approve of this? We may never know, but at least he was mostly deaf, so he would never have to hear it like we do. Seriously, though, it's not too bad considering it comes from a time when The Residents only released sub- par music, plus you get the added bonus of Christmas cheer a la The Residents. You'll probably have a hard time locating this though. Look it up on YouTube so you don't waste your hard earned cash on an overpriced rarity. I'll give it 3 stars though, only because there is a little part of me that relates to their sense of humor.

 Double Shot by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1988
1.38 | 5 ratings

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Double Shot
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

1 stars Here is another EP/single in the long line of The Residents singles. The thing about this one, which was produced to support the awful album 'God in 3 Persons', is that it was part of a project that The Residents had in mind that would offer this experience in a variety of 'flavors' in order to give listeners a chance to experience this bad idea in many different ways. There was, of course, the proper album, which is basically a narration done by an annoying redneck accent backed up by background singing and uninteresting instrumentals. Its definitely not one of my most loved projects by The Residents, not even very funny. Just annoying.

However, this EP/single was just that. You could purchase it as a 3-inch mini CD or as a 7' vinyl single. Again, The Residents were shamefully trying to milk this project for all it was worth, but, you know they were doing it intentionally because, after all, it is The Residents and that is their way of satirizing the music industry.

The EP has 3 tracks. It starts with The Residents doing a cover of a song by The Swinging Medallions called 'Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)'. This track is not on the album 'God in Three Persons', however, the main riff from the song is used extensively in that album. Of course, the song is indicative of the cheaper sound of The Residents output of the time, the bad synths and tacky Wurlitzer style percussion. At least is funny because of the lazy delivery and you don't have to listen to that annoying narrator until the last minute of the track. Next is 'Loss of a Love One' in an extended version. It only adds about a half a minute to the original, and it gives you a snapshot at the awfulness of the album. The last track is a 9 minute instrumental that comes from one of the other spin-offs from this project: the 'God in 3 Persons Soundtrack', which is pretty much the same as the regular album, but with the annoying cowboy narration removed. You still get the background singing and the bad synth soundtrack. At least, you only have to listen to samples of the album and not the entire thing, that is the only advantage of this EP. The songs are all joined together so it almost sounds like one continuous track of 18 minutes.

The 7' vinyl single is a bit different from the EP. It only has two tracks. The first track is the same as the first track on the EP. The B-side is called 'The Thing About Them' from the album, but in this instance, the cowboy narration is thankfully removed, so it's from the soundtrack. At the end of it, you will have no doubt that you've been ripped off of your money and your time which you will never get back, so approach with caution.

There was also a single released from this album, the track 'Holy Kiss of Flesh', which is not even worth looking for. There was another single planned, but this never happened as even The Residents know when enough is enough and realized that they weren't getting the response they hoped for.

Even for the humorous and sarcastic style of The Residents, this entire 'God in 3 Persons' project is just plain bad. At least, with this EP/single, you don't have to listen to a full album of it, so for the curious, it might be of interest to see if you want to wast your time with the full album.

 Don't Be Cruel by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1990
3.13 | 5 ratings

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Don't Be Cruel
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars This quaint little 5 track mini CD (or 3 track single) by The Residents was distributed quite widely throughout Europe and given away at The Residents "Cube-E" tour. It would have almost been worth it to see this show just to get this now hard-to-find single. This silly little disc contains 3 Elvis Presley covers done in a deconstructed, striped down and tacky way that only The Residents can pull off. It starts with "Don't Be Cruel", which is taken as is right from "The King & Eye" album. The music is minimal electronics, pretty much what you would expect from The Residents at that time, but even so, quite hilarious. This is followed up by two more Presley covers not found on that album: "Don't" and "Surrender", the last of which is worth finding this single for as the hick-sounding lead singer actually breaks out of his emotion-less singing and actually puts some feeling into the chorus. If you have the mini CD, there are two short instrumental tracks following this which are not covers, but kooky little tracks called "The Toy Factory", which saves it's Christmas spirit for the very end with a wink to "Jingle Bells", and "Ghost Music". These tracks can be found on various other compilations and fan albums which are now scattered throughout the great universe, you just need a rocket ship to find them in most cases. But isn't it cool just to say that "I am the proud owner of this single in it's original form", while regular people look at you with sympathy for your mental state in their eyes. Eyes! They're all staring at me mommy!
 Smell My Picture by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
3.96 | 5 ratings

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Smell My Picture
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars Through the years, The Residents have released some really strange and some really great albums, many of which were written with definite concepts, stories and ideas, usually based around original and cutting edge multi-media material. Those familiar with The Residents know that the band has had its ups and downs, and sometimes their downs were so down that they were up.

In the 2000s, the band started taking their odd sarcasm and humor more seriously, and they seen some rather unique albums come from their collective eyeballs. Between 2005 and 2007, a trilogy of albums proved the band wasn't just a bunch of oddballs that really didn't know how to play anything, but could actually create some innovative music, still keep their warped sense of humor, and continue to keep themselves strangely relevant to what was going on at the time. This trilogy of albums was made up of "River of Crime", "Tweedles" and "The Voice of Midnight". The bands sounded like they were trying hard to make impressive music, even if the concepts were still off in some strange places that no other band would dare follow.

The Residents also had a history of releasing everything, and that is why their collection of collections of rarities and "fan albums" is so immense. They were know to release completely useless music, even incidental music that was played during intermissions at their concerts. So, this brings us to this featured collection of outtakes and what-nots from the same period as the trilogy of albums mentioned above, a delightful collection of oddness know collectively as "Smell My Picture", an ugly title with an equally ugly album cover, the upside-down close-up of someone's nostril.

This historical collection contains most of the unused instrumental music that was recorded for these albums. According to the band's website, the title of the album was cleverly inspired by one of the eyeballs when it was said that making a movie with sound was much like smelling photographs instead of looking at them. The term ended up being used by the band when they wanted feedback on different ideas. Wow, The Residents actually had ideas, what a concept!

So, we have another unashamedly useless collection of unwanted musical ideas from The Residents that we don't know what to do with. Surprisingly, the tracks on this mostly instrumental album sound quite finished, especially for The Residents. Who needs those expensive avant-garde bands when you can get discount store style avant-garde music like this priced to clear out of our inventory. The music is weird, but definitely what you would expect from The Residents, except that it is well- created, orchestrated and performed. Listening to this album, you can understand why The Residents are considered avant- prog, if you haven't figured it out already. It's actually quite surprising how interesting and captivating this music is. It's not that cheap Wurlitzer music from their discography of the 80s, but it is all professionally done with actual instruments and electronics.

Is the album essential? Well I wouldn't go that far. But I still enjoy it because even if it comes from a short time span in their history, it is still quite versatile and strangely engaging. I can easily call it a 4 star collection even if it is made up of unwanted ideas. The Residents will capitalize on everything, but, in this case, it is a collection worthy of owning. Just remember, this is still The Residents, and you are going to get some really strange stuff here, but it's all done well, and as a collection, it comes across quite cohesively, not hackneyed like some of these collections can be. 4 stars.

The Residents invite you to smell along with them, and how can you resist? Go ahead! You know you're curious. Have a whiff.

 Diskomo by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
3.02 | 13 ratings

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Diskomo
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars The Residents recorded their critically acclaimed album "Eskimo" in 1979, and no one was probably more shocked than they were that everyone seemed to love it so much. In response, a year later, they decided to ruin it by condensing it down from album size to around 7 minutes and setting it all to a disco beat and calling it "Diskomo". Of course, the disco beat is intentionally cheap sounding and adding snips and loops of pieces of the vocals and melody from the entire "Eskimo" work they produced, just as a brush off to the critics. Strangely enough, the stupid track ends up being a bit cute and silly, and you can't help but want to listen to it.

This particular EP also came with the 4 track suite called "Goosebumps" which was recorded years before as a sarcastic look at children's music. These four tracks are actually the best part of this EP as the nursery rhyme tunes that are mish mashed on these four tracks are hilariously scary and dark. The Resident's humor runs amok on these tracks, and make the whole thing worth getting. It might scare your kids if you accidentally confuse it for one of their records some day, but it will make you, as a mature responsible adult, laugh.

In 1990, a re-release of this EP included 3 more strange tracks, "Whoopy Snorp", the Christmas non-classic "Saint Nix' and a live version of Diskomo which will be sure to make you glad you never seen one of their shows from that time. The unknown lead singer even goes for growling/yelling vocals, which was way ahead of their time. But that was an accident, to be ahead of their time. Ha Ha. Who would have thought in 1980 that The Residents would be so influential? The EP is fun, and is worth searching for, but you probably won't find it. So The Residents get the last laugh after all.

 Stars & Hank by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.33 | 33 ratings

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Stars & Hank
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars The Residents' short-lived "American Composer" series regrettably came to an early demise after only two albums, "George and James" (celebrating (?) the sounds of George Gershwin and James Brown), and this particular gem "Stars and Hank" (paying homage (?) to Hank Williams, Sr. and John Philip Sousa). Who else but The Residents could pair these four obviously non-related artists together? Unfortunately, for everyone, the album series wasn't as popular as hoped, so this quickly ended. Now, if you are a fan of any one of these four musicians, you may want to think twice about searching for these albums as The Residents are known to deconstruct any covers they do, and that is exactly what they do with "Stars and Hank". Yet, you are bound to get more than just a chuckle out of these destroyed covers.

"Stars and Hank" was released in 1986, 2 years after the "George and James" album. Even though the two albums belong to the same immoral series, "Stars and Hank" is the better of the two albums. The first side takes 5 tracks from the Williams songbook and, instead of staying with a singular style like they did on the first album in the series, they take his songs of Americana and send them through a variety of styles totally unlike their original forms, and in the process, deconstruct them and remake them into something quite different. "Hey, Good Lookin" gets all of the joy removed from it and emphasizes the repetitivness of it all. "Six More Miles", the one song that should have been dark, ends up being a fun and cheery song, "Kaw- Liga" gets turned into a danceable and, yes, even quite accessible, that should have fooled the public into thinking The Residents might actually have their best interests at heart. "Ramblin' Man" is also fun, while "Jambalaya" gets reduced to a depressing anthem. All five are examples of The Residents sense of humor and sarcasm, while also showing a bit of respect for the artist.

The second side is made up of a suite of 6 popular march themes by Sousa. Most of these will be familiar to you, but these tracks are more deconstructed than the ones on the first side. The familiar orchestral strains from the rousing original marches are replaced by kooky synthesizer effects. Beginning the suite (which collectively is called "Sousaside"), you get fairground crowd sounds, and "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine" gets successfully demoted from a regal march to memories of cotton candy and throwing up in a garbage can. "Stars and Stripes Forever" gets demolished by what sounds like a bad school marching band. The same treatments get done to the remainder of the songs, and all through it, you get background crowd noises, like off-cue clapping (as you would get from a crowd at a parade who have totally ignored the marching band to watch the scantily-dressed Miss Teen Cheesehead waving from a glittery float. The funny thing is, The Residents hit it spot on, depicting what these marches have been reduced to in popular culture.

I don't know if the first volume 1 had been done better like volume 2 that the series might have caught on better or not. If nothing else, it would have been interesting to see who else The Residents would have paired together, maybe David Bowie and Jimmie Osmond? (That actually happened, by the way, but it was done by some dunderheads in a corporate music office who wanted to promote two random artists and sent out a promo with the pairing). Anyway, this is something we'll never know, but it might make for a great forum topic "Which two unlikely artists would have been paired for The Residents'American Composer Series Vol. III"? Any takers?

Thanks to Retrovertigo for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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