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

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

4.02 | 80 ratings
Meet The Residents
1974
4.18 | 79 ratings
The Third Reich 'N Roll
1976
3.74 | 34 ratings
Fingerprince
1977
3.97 | 81 ratings
Not Available
1978
4.30 | 74 ratings
Duck Stab / Buster & Glen
1978
4.01 | 71 ratings
Eskimo
1979
3.63 | 62 ratings
Commercial Album
1980
2.94 | 40 ratings
Mark Of The Mole
1981
3.59 | 26 ratings
The Tunes of Two Cities
1982
2.25 | 3 ratings
Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf)
1983
2.55 | 15 ratings
George And James
1984
3.94 | 13 ratings
Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?
1984
2.38 | 10 ratings
The Census Taker (Original Soundtrack)
1985
1.99 | 16 ratings
The Big Bubble
1985
4.42 | 19 ratings
Stars & Hank
1986
3.73 | 29 ratings
God In Three Persons
1988
2.58 | 12 ratings
God In Three Persons Soundtrack
1988
3.17 | 19 ratings
The King & Eye
1989
2.83 | 24 ratings
Freak Show
1990
2.57 | 21 ratings
Gingerbread Man
1994
2.99 | 11 ratings
Hunters
1995
2.44 | 15 ratings
Have A Bad Day
1996
3.67 | 22 ratings
Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible
1998
2.55 | 10 ratings
Roadworms: The Berlin Sessions
2000
3.43 | 7 ratings
Icky Flix: Original Soundtrack Recording
2001
4.26 | 18 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2002
3.60 | 15 ratings
WB:RMX
2004
1.70 | 8 ratings
The King & Eye: RMX
2004
4.00 | 10 ratings
The 12 Days of Brumalia
2004
3.70 | 23 ratings
Animal Lover
2005
2.43 | 15 ratings
Tweedles!
2006
2.33 | 10 ratings
The River of Crime: Episodes 1-5
2006
3.96 | 12 ratings
The Voice of Midnight
2007
3.72 | 22 ratings
The Bunny Boy
2008
3.16 | 11 ratings
The Ughs
2009
3.29 | 11 ratings
Lonely Teenager
2011
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
4.01 | 14 ratings
Coochie Brake
2012

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
Mole Show
1983
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live In The USA: The 13th Anniversary Tour
1986
2.71 | 8 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show, Live in Tokyo
1986
2.12 | 6 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show: Live in Holland
1987
3.13 | 6 ratings
The Snakey Wake
1988
4.65 | 8 ratings
The Mole Show: Live in Holland
1989
2.25 | 5 ratings
Cube E: Live In Holland
1990
4.25 | 4 ratings
Live at the Fillmore
1998
3.33 | 6 ratings
Wormwood Live 1999
1999
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Way We Were
2005
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Mole Show (Bag Set)
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
13th Anniversary Show - Ritz NY - Jan 16, 1986
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Brava
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Talking Light Bimbo's
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
Triple Dub-Ya: The Way We Were Melbourne
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Demonic! The Residents Live in Oslo!
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show - Cleveland (Featuring Snakefinger)
2014
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Wonder of Weird
2014
3.00 | 2 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
4.57 | 12 ratings
Icky Flix
2001
4.00 | 8 ratings
Eskimo
2002
4.59 | 9 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2003
2.77 | 8 ratings
The Commercial Album
2004
4.00 | 6 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)

3.36 | 5 ratings
Residue
1983
5.00 | 1 ratings
Assorted Secrets
1984
5.00 | 1 ratings
Heaven?
1986
4.00 | 2 ratings
Hell!
1986
3.09 | 7 ratings
Our Finest Flowers
1992
4.46 | 6 ratings
Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses
1997
4.25 | 4 ratings
Residue Deux
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Land of Mystery
1999
4.00 | 2 ratings
Refused
1999
2.26 | 4 ratings
Dot.com
2000
3.71 | 6 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

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

3.32 | 9 ratings
Santa Dog 1972
1972
4.67 | 3 ratings
Meet The Residents Sampler
1974
4.00 | 2 ratings
Satisfaction
1976
4.04 | 9 ratings
The Beatles Play the Residents and the Residents Play the Beatles
1977
3.09 | 5 ratings
The Residents Radio Special / Eat Exuding Oinks
1977
3.67 | 13 ratings
Duck Stab
1978
5.00 | 1 ratings
Santa Dog '78
1978
3.57 | 7 ratings
Babyfingers
1979
2.36 | 9 ratings
Diskomo
1980
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Commercial Single
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Shut Up, Shut Up
1980
3.08 | 10 ratings
Intermission
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
The White Single
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
It's A Man's Man's Man's World
1984
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kaw-Liga (Dancemix)
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers
1986
0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is A Mans Mans Mans World
1986
3.33 | 3 ratings
Kaw-Liga
1986
3.50 | 4 ratings
Hit The Road Jack
1987
5.00 | 1 ratings
For Elsie
1987
3.67 | 3 ratings
Double Shot
1988
2.47 | 6 ratings
Holy Kiss Of Flesh
1988
3.80 | 5 ratings
Santa Dog '88
1988
5.00 | 1 ratings
Buckaroo Blues
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kaw-Liga (Housey Mix)
1989
4.00 | 3 ratings
Don't Be Cruel
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Liver Music
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Stranger Than Supper
1990
2.26 | 4 ratings
Daydream B-Liver
1991
3.50 | 4 ratings
Santa Dog '92
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prelude to "The Teds"
1993
2.31 | 4 ratings
Poor Kaw Liga´s Pain
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Louisiana's Lick
1995
3.33 | 6 ratings
Pollex Christi
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
I Hate Heaven
1998
1.13 | 5 ratings
In Between Screams: Intermission Music From The Residents' Wormwood
1999
3.04 | 5 ratings
Diskomo 2000
2000
3.12 | 7 ratings
High Horses
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Golden Goat
2003
3.04 | 4 ratings
I Murdered Mommy!
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Viva Las Vegas RMX
2004
4.50 | 2 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, vol.2
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, Vol. 1
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Best Left Unspoken, vol. 3
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Night Of The Hunters
2007
3.75 | 4 ratings
Animal Lover Instrumental
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
Smell My Picture
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
Postcards from Patmos
2008
2.27 | 2 ratings
Arkansas
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
1997: The Missing Year - The Fillmore Dress Rehearsal (Act One)
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
1997: The Missing Year - Adobe Disfigured Night
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Tabasco: Tweedles Instrumental
2010
2.31 | 4 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
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ozark
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Train To Nowhere!
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Wolverines (Fix)
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Halloween
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
There's Blood (On The Bunny)
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
My Window
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
Magic Finger
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Bunny Boy
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Weatherman
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
Mush-Room: Music from the Need Company Performance
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
My Brother Paul
2014
5.00 | 1 ratings
Manz Whirled
2014
5.00 | 1 ratings
Boneless Boy (Jelly Jack)
2014
5.00 | 1 ratings
Lizard Lady (Live)
2015

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 Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf) by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.25 | 3 ratings

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Review by Dobermensch

2 stars What do you get when you cross Renaldo and the Loaf and Residents? I've "DOUGH EYE deah". Damn...what a crumby joke, I wish I hadn't said that. The shame, the shame...

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 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 just doesn't work and neither band synchronizes with the other.

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 The King & Eye: RMX by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
1.70 | 8 ratings

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The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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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.

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 The King & Eye by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.17 | 19 ratings

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The King & Eye
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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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.

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 In Between Screams: Intermission Music From The Residents' Wormwood by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
1.13 | 5 ratings

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In Between Screams: Intermission Music From The Residents' Wormwood
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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1 stars Here go the oddball eyeballs again releasing everything they put to music (music?). This is one of the oddest ones in their discography, and thank goodness it is only an E.P.

Back in 1999, The Residents released a great album with a great concept called "Wormwood" which is basically some of the Bible's strangest stories set to music and threw these mostly ignored stories into the faces of the devout believers. There was the usual tour to promote that album and during the intermission from this show, there was this really strange music played which was instrumental electronic music (by The Residents themselves) which served as a base for snippets of carefully selected old gospel records played over the top of this music, a lot of the gospel music is processed to sound warped, odd, or just plain scary evil. Yep, that's The Residents for ya.

This is simply just a novelty and not much more. If you went to the concert and just needed something over and above the DVD or the CD to be reminded of what fun you had, I guess this might help out with your warped yearnings. Otherwise, it's just silly and gets old very quickly. I suppose it's not easy to find, so don't waste your time unless you are a completionist, which if you are, then good luck finding the majority of their discography. But they definitely made much better albums than this.

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 I Murdered Mommy! by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.04 | 4 ratings

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I Murdered Mommy!
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars This is another soundtrack of sorts to a CD-ROM game that was in the works to be released by the same company that released "Bad Day at the Midway". After the surprising success of that game, and the success of "The Gingerbread Man" which featured an interactive CD, the company decided to release this one even though the context and story was questionable. All I know is that it involved a verbally abused 13 year old boy and you can guess that he had mommy issues. Anyway, the game never got released because the company ended up going under and all hopes of the CD-ROM went away with the company. However, the Residents, being the type of band that releases everything they do, fleshed out the scraps of music they had put together and released this E.P. of all instrumental music that was intended for the game.

It's not as bad as you think however, I find it slightly more interesting than the "Bad Day at the Midway" soundtrack mostly because it doesn't sound as cheesy as that album, and the music is a lot more interesting and varied than it was for "The Gingerbread Man". Unfortunately, the album is very hard to come by because it was a limited release of 1000 copies.. The music is a bit choppy at times, as if a theme or melody is cut short and replaced by another idea. But all in all, it is actually more enjoyable than what you would expect. It's not "easy" music at all, but it is usually quite rhythmic and not so plastic sounding as some of the other Residents albums of the time.

Anyway, it's not bad for a listen once in a while and it's complex enough to be interesting, but never in a "Art Zoyd" or "Univers Zero" kind of way, more like a avant garde "Vangelis" possibly. I can give it a 3 star rating because it is good, just not good enough to be great though. At least it's probably the best of the CD-Rom or interactive albums that the band released around that same time period.

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 Hunters by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.99 | 11 ratings

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Hunters
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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4 stars This album is the original soundtrack of a educational TV series about predators in the animal kingdom. It is music entirely composed by The Residents and it is proof positive that they knew what they were doing, even though several of their albums in their massive discography don't always allude to that fact. This one is completely instrumental and seems to be electronic. No annoying vocals here, just great orchestrated music, even though it is all electronic.

The music definitely fits the subject of the soundtrack. As it plays, you can picture what could be going on in the series at different times. The music is very well done and expertly written, you can understand how they got the job of writing the music for the series. Much of it works to build tension, as it should in a series like this. Yet each track is different enough to make it interesting to listen to as an avant-prog recording. It definitely is as good as any electronic artist has done for any other soundtrack including Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. There is a lot of percussion also, mostly tribal rhythms at times and other times just standard percussion, even though it is also electronic. The only complaint I have here is that you get that faux-orchestra sound with is obvious not authentic, but it's not a major issue in this album like one might expect. However, I would love to hear a real orchestra doing this soundtrack. It is good enough to warrant having an orchestra perform the tracks and re- record the album.

A great soundtrack and a good enough stand alone album. The music is such that it would not have been considered distracting for the program, but yet it is interesting enough to listen to on it's own and definitely has similarities to past Residents sound (in a good way) and also Vangelis' soundtracks, maybe not quite as dynamic as Vangelis, but still interesting enough. I can't call it a masterpiece like "Eskimo" or "Duck Stab" but it is still an excellent addition to your collection and one of The Residents better endeavors. 4 stars.

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 Holy Kiss Of Flesh by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1988
2.47 | 6 ratings

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Holy Kiss Of Flesh
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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1 stars This is a remix of the track "Kiss of Flesh" from the "God in 3 Persons" album. It is a complete remix of the track made to a mostly steady beat. This short 15 minute record which consists only of the remix was released 5 years after the original album. It is the same idea that they had for "Eskimo" and turning it into "Discomo", it is pretty much in the same vein. The biggest difference here is that "Eskimo" was an excellent project and translated over well to the remix. This time, even though "God in 3 Persons" was somewhat highly reguarded especially by Residents fans, the remix just doesn't have as interesting source material to work with. There are snatches of the annoying narration heard throughout the remix, but at least it isn't as annoying because it isn't the main concentration of the remix. But, anyway, I don't find it worth the difficult search you will have trying to find it, unless you absolutely have to have every thing they have recorded, in which case, I wish you the best of luck. This is not one for the casual listener, or even for someone who is interested in their music. Bypass this one and spend your time trying to obtain The Residents better albums. 1 star only.

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 High Horses by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.12 | 7 ratings

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High Horses
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars Wanna hear something really weird? Here's another bizarre Residents recording. Is that surprising?

Apparently, The Residents have always had this love for carousel music. So they made an EP of carousel sounding music, which is made in 3-D so that it sounds like you are going around in circles on a carousel. Usually, music for a carousel is programmed by holes punched into a card and fed into a machine which produces the sound as it reads the card. The Residents did the same thing, but used a computer to read the card, hence the music you hear on this album.

This is an E.P that is about 18 minutes long, and that is long enough. Any longer and it would have worn out it's welcome. The crazy thing is that a limited amount of the EP was made and then sold for over 20 dollars. Kind of a rip off I suppose, but then Residents fans just had to have it.

Overall, it's not a bad album and it's not as annoying as you would think. The tunes are interesting enough, but other than the strange concept and the odd music, this isn't much in the way of being progressive. It is a fun novelty though, I suppose, but any more than 18 minutes would have been too much, so the brevity of the album works to it's benefit. However, you probably will have a hard time finding this one. It is available on one of their many collections, but it's probably hard to find that way too.

The tracks are divided into 6 parts with no distinguishing names except for Part 1, Part 2 and so on. The music sounds a lot like it's electronic and it is all programmed. Other than the carnival stylings and feelings, there are some synthesized, wordless vocals in Part 5 which gives you a feeling of the carousel spinning down into Hell. This moves us into Part 6 which is actually more of a progressive track, but it still keeps the overall sound, but it gets somewhat chaotic and out of control and ends with an evil clown laughing.

So, it's not just calliope music, but there are other electronic sounds also, sometimes playing along with the melody and other times driving it along. There is electronic percussion throughout the music also. Of course you got to get the strange humor of The Residents in there. There is a dark thread throughout the entire EP, so you get the overall feeling that, even though a carousel is a happy ride at a funpark, in this case, it sounds like it belongs in Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes". There is something evil just lurking under the surface.

Again, it's not as bad as it sounds and thank goodness it is short. They didn't draw this experiment out too long, but they did overcharge for the EP and I'm not sure what they were trying to accomplish with that except for the strange alienation they always attempt with the masses, but which always seems to draw their fans (or cult following) after everything they produce. There is a little bit of genius to this wackiness, so I have to give it 3 stars. If it were any longer though, I would have had to give it less than that. I know, it's main drawback (the shortness of the album) is one of it's strengths. Go figure. But it is The Residents after all.

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 Have A Bad Day by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.44 | 15 ratings

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Have A Bad Day
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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2 stars Long before the corporate product by the name of Bon Jovi suggested we "Have a Nice Day", the oddball eyeballs suggested we "Have a Bad Day. Other than having opposite titles, the two albums have absolutely nothing in common. In fact, they might just be exact opposites. As bad as Bon Jovi is though, it doesn't necessarily mean that this Residents album is good. On it's own, it is taken out of the total context, and to listen to it on it's own is a little tough, but with The Residents producing multi-media works during this time, that seems to be the case with the albums produced by the band at this time.

In this case, "Have a Bad Day" is a soundtrack from the CD-Rom game called "Bad Day at the Midway". Being produced by The Residents, you know right off the bat you are going to get some of the darkest humor out there. The Residents seem to take a fairly safe situation like a child's tale (The Gingerbread Man) or a happy occasion like going to the circus (Freakshow) and turn it into something scary and disturbing. Such is the case here. The game is actually and interactive story that has 5 outcomes which all end up in death. (I have not played the game, I'm just going off of reviews.) Apparently, the story was also going to be used for some kind of series (TV I think) under the production of Ron Howard. The Residents were only going to be used as consultants in the making of the series. This never happened.

As you can expect, the music definitely loses it's meaning without the media that it is attached to, and what you end up with is a bunch of mostly electronic music that sounds like a soundtrack. Most of the album is instrumental, but there are some lines from the story and some spoken word. This is very reminiscent of the previously mentioned albums put out in the same period, dark, odd and strangely disconnected when played without the companion media that it is tied to. So, you can expect weirdness without purpose when listening to this without the game. It might make more sense if you are familiar with the story in the game, or it might not. It is definitely interesting enough, and it is typical mediocre output from The Residents that was for the most part expected and probably intentional knowing The Residents.

It's always funny to me when someone mentions a band and say something like "These guys are really different." After becoming familiar with The Resident's music, I believe that it doesn't get any weirder. Sometimes it works very well as in "Demons Dance Alone", but in most cases, it is hard to listen to, dark and depressing and yet it's satirical. Someday I might find the game and maybe I'll get it, but on it's own, it is just like any typical soundtrack done with electronics and keyboards. Not a favorite of mine though there are a few highlights, but not enough to keep things interesting. Let's keep this one for the collectors and fans only. 2 stars.

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 God In Three Persons by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.73 | 29 ratings

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God In Three Persons
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars The Residents definitely have some interesting and original ideas and this album is an example of that. Sometimes, their weirdness speaks to me and other times I just don't know what to think. This album is a concept album, as are a good many of their albums, but it is formatted in a rock opera or play so to speak. Most of the album is spoken word set to music, and most of the music is electronic, but this time it isn't quite as minimalistic as some later albums would be. The spoken word is the narrator of the story, the very strange story, of a preacher and his relationship with conjoined twins who he believes have healing powers. Of course, strange emotions come about and you get a somewhat graphic story of love, lust, pain and desire, even though it is very strange and results in a separation of the twins. Yes, it's very odd.

The album starts out with an excellent track, well produced and very well orchestrated. The narration doesn't start in this track and it is actually the best track on here. The parts are sung by Laurie Amut who is credited as the song stylist. Her vocals are treated and also harmonized by multi-tracking. It gives a sound like a chorus of singers. The funny thing is that they sing the opening credits. The next track is where the narration starts and he gives a basic synopsis of the overall story. This one isn't a bad track either. The narrator has a southern drawl that persists throughout the album. At this point, the best way to listen to the album is with the lyrics, otherwise the sound of this somewhat deadpan delivery gets very annoying even faster than it does if you have them. So, either way, you have to deal with this delivery. There is some lyrical quality to the delivery however as it is done in a "talking blues" style, and the poem is written with the same stylization and meter as Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven". This 2nd track will give you a fair idea of what the rest of the album is like. If you don't like this, you should just stop listening now. If you do like it, chances are you will be sick of it soon enough.

Even though the instrumental passages are much better developed in this album than some of The Residents other electronically lead albums, the narration is too distracting to really enjoy the instrumentals. The Residents remedied this by doing an instrumental version of the album, but was available in a very limited supply. Anyway, the album continues in this vein and I don't really find the story interesting enough to listen to more than once. You might be interested in the poetic delivery of the story, and no doubt a lot of time and talent went into writing the lyrics. But I just can't take the sound of the narrator's voice and the fact that even though the lyrical delivery is pretty spot on, the voice itself is annoying to me.

So, with the background singers giving some interesting parts and the instrumental passages being quite decent, I suppose there is something to this album. I find it hard to tune out the narrator though, which is the focus of the album after all. I can only give this a 3 star rating and can't help but wonder if the rating would have been better if the characterization of the narrator was better.

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