Header

SNAKEFINGER

RIO/Avant-Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Snakefinger picture
Snakefinger biography
Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman was born on June 17, 1949. In his starting career as a guitarist he formed the band Chilli Willi, which later turned into Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers. Due to poor distribution and few fans their works became rare and sort of forgotten. However, as Philip was in the USA from 1969 to 1972, he met up with avant-crazies The Residents, where he was later given his pseudonym from a picture from a performance with The Residents where his finger looks like a snake attacking the violin. Snakefinger went on to play guitar and violin with The Residents for many years, his guitar had an amazing sound and a distinct tone, with many angular lines and solos. He played on many of the highlights of The Residents' career, early on seeming to be the only real person to be named playing with The Residents. Soon Snakefinger was creating his own albums with the help of The Residents, finding his own style and making very interesting music, mostly setting aside from The Residents' sound he's used to, and focusing on his own writing and guitar. Sadly, with a handful of great albums under his belt, he passed away too soon from a heart attack while on tour with his band The Vestal Virgins. Snakefinger may not be known very well but to those who have found him, hold him in high regard for his style and guitar playing. Snakefinger's style covers a lot of ground, being jazzy, bluesy, but also very dissonant and melodic and with an odd scratching tone. His guitar playing covers a lot of incredibly cool tones and excellent lines and styling. As an avant-garde artist he's hard to compare to other bands, THE RESIDENTS of course being the closest to compare to.

"Night of Desirable Objects" and "Manual of Errors" seem to be the albums held in most high regard by fans, both very solid, covering his style perfectly and being excellent albums as a whole.

Hm, how shall I put this... If the first paragraph was interesting to you, dig in! I personally highly recommend this guy for his playing and overall feel.


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Avant-Prog guitarist cult-icon, worker with The Residents and completely fits the bill for an innovative and unknown avant-rock artist.

Snakefinger official website

SNAKEFINGER MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

SNAKEFINGER forum topics / tours, shows & news


SNAKEFINGER forum topics Create a topic now
SNAKEFINGER tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "snakefinger"
Post an entries now

SNAKEFINGER Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to SNAKEFINGER

Buy SNAKEFINGER Music


Manual of ErrorsManual of Errors
T.E.C. Tones 1993
Audio CD$109.98
$99.99 (used)
Greener Postures / Chewing Hides the SoundGreener Postures / Chewing Hides the Sound
Euroralph (For409) 2004
Audio CD$98.86
$50.00 (used)
Live in ChicagoLive in Chicago
T.E.C. Tones 1996
Audio CD$50.57
$34.95 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Residents God In Three Persons Soundtrack LP vinyl record fred frith snakefinger US $17.95 Buy It Now 3h 17m
Snakefinger, The Spot US $3.99 [0 bids]
20h 19m
Snakefinger, The Model, Talkin' in the Town US $0.99 [1 bids]
20h 22m
Snakefinger, The Residents, Kill the Great Raven US $7.99 [0 bids]
US $13.99 Buy It Now
20h 33m
Snakefinger-Snakefinger's History Of The Blues Live In Europe-NEW CD US $21.99 Buy It Now 21h 45m
Residents - Tunes of Two Cities 1982 Ralph original. vg+ LP Snakefinger US $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Ralph Records 7 " Comp The Residents Snakefinger Yello Fred Frith 1980 Punk US $10.00 [0 bids]
1 day
SNAKEFINGER 45rpm KILL THE GREAT RAVEN WHAT WILBUR The Residents Vinyl Record GC US $5.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SNAKEFINGER'S HISTORY OF THE BLUES**LIVE IN EUROPE**CD US $21.50 Buy It Now 1 day
The Residents 13th Anniversary Tour Snakefinger USA 2 Cassette Set Ralph 1986 US $175.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins 80s ALT ROCK PICTURE SLEEVE 45 Theres No Justice in US $14.98 Buy It Now 1 day
THE RESIDENTS DAYDREAM B LIVER CD 1991 RARE 13 TRK COMPILATION SNAKEFINGER OOP US $79.99 Buy It Now 1 day
SNAKEFINGER The Spot / Smelly Tongues BLUE Wax W/ PS US $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
CD Snakefinger - Greener Postures and Chewing Hides the Sound 2 disc set US $39.00 [0 bids]
2 days
SNAKEFINGER'S History of the Blues: Live in Europe CD SEALED NEW US $24.98 Buy It Now 2 days
Chilli Willi Snakefinger Bongos over Balham Crest 21 Barney Bubbles A1 B1 US $8.30 [0 bids]
2 days
SNAKEFINGER The Spot rare blue vinyl 45 with PicSleeve US $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
The Residents Stranger than Supper CD UWEB first edition rare Ralph snakefinger US $29.99 [0 bids]
3 days
Snakefinger - The Spot b/w Smelly Tongues 45 Ralph Records blue vinyl Residents US $6.00 [0 bids]
US $10.00 Buy It Now
3 days
THE RESIDENTS NIBBLES SCARCE LP uk snakefinger original vinyl VR3 1979 NM rare! US $65.00 Buy It Now 4 days
THE RESIDENTS-DUCK STAB rare sealed *NEW* 7" vinyl 6 song EP-Ralph-Snakefinger! US $30.98 [0 bids]
US $40.98 Buy It Now
5 days
Manual of Errors by Snakefinger (CD, 1993, T.E.C. Tones) US $35.00 Buy It Now 5 days
RALPH RECORDS Frank Johnsons Favorites LP The Residents,Snakefinger US $28.05 Buy It Now 5 days
CD* Manual of Errors - SNAKEFINGER *** RARE *** US $99.99 Buy It Now 5 days
Rube Waddell Hobo Train Vaccination Records snakefinger US $2.99 [0 bids]
5 days
RALPH RECORDS Buy Or Die 45s Residents Renaldo & The Loaf Fred Frith Snakefinger US $9.99 [0 bids]
5 days
Snakefinger: A Collection (CD) Residents US $29.95 [0 bids]
US $39.95 Buy It Now
6 days
V/A ?- Savoy Sound Wave Goodbye US LP 1981 Mutants Tuxedomoon Snakefinger Cipher US $49.99 Buy It Now 6 days
V/A - Passed Normal US orig SEALED LP Snakefinger Skeleton Crew Shockabilly 1986 US $49.99 Buy It Now 6 days
SNAKEFINGER The Spot 7" 45 PROMO COLOR VINYL RALPH RECORDS THE RESIDENTS US $9.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Passed Normal NM LP Shockabilly Snakefinger Kixx w/ insert and hype sticker US $15.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Snakefinger - The Spot SEALED 7" single 1978 RALPH Records UK US $9.99 [0 bids]
7 days
Snakefinger'S History Of The Blues - Live In Europe CD US $26.04 Buy It Now 7 days
SNAKEFINGER'S VESTAL VIRGINS, There's No Justice In Life, RALPH Rock 45,PS,Rare! US $5.00 Buy It Now 8 days
SNAKEFINGER - Chewing Hides The Sound/with 45 single LP RESIDENTS Ralph Records US $34.99 Buy It Now 8 days
SNAKEFINGER - MANUAL FOR ERRORS - SN-8203 RALPH RECORDS 1982 US $19.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Complete RARE 1993 Acceptable" SNAKEFINGER - Manual of Errors " T.E.C. Tones CD US $39.99 Buy It Now 9 days
SNAKEFINGER (RESIDENTS): KILL THE GREAT RAVEN / WHAT WILBUR? - 1979 RALPH US $14.03 [0 bids]
US $18.71 Buy It Now
9 days
SNAKEFINGER / VESTAL VIRGINS ~ NIGHT OF DESIRABLE OBJECTS ~ Ralph ~ NEAR MINT US $59.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Residents - Satisfaction 7" b/w Loser Weed Ralph snakefinger vinyl 45 rpm yellow US $27.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Shockabilly Thomas Leer Snakefinger Clash Richard Hell - 2013 German PROMO 2 cd US $39.95 Buy It Now 11 days
The Residents Gingerbread Man CD *SEALED 1994 *Digipak Snakefinger Todd Rundgren US $59.95 Buy It Now 11 days
SNAKEFINGER'S VESTAL VIRGINS night of desirable objects LP Record 1986 RARE US $82.50 Buy It Now 11 days
SNAKEFINGER Greener Postures LP RALPH SN8053 Rare 80's 1st Pressing RESIDENTS US $39.00 Buy It Now 11 days
Floyd Vincent & The Childbrides "I GAVE MYSELF TO YOU" 2 trk CD (Snakefinger) US $5.14 Buy It Now 12 days
Rare Sealed Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins Night Desirable Objects LP Residents US $77.99 Buy It Now 12 days
THE RESIDENTS the third reich 'n roll USA remaster CD like new SNAKEFINGER US $10.00 Buy It Now 12 days
SNAKEFINGER - The Spot/Smelly Tongues BLUE VINYL 1978 45 US $9.99 Buy It Now 13 days
Snakefinger - Snakefinger'S History Of The Blues - Live In Europe (NEW CD) US $24.48 Buy It Now 13 days
PENELOPE HOUSTON & HER BAND BIRD BOYS THE AVENGERS SNAKEFINGER THE RESIDENTS LP US $49.99 Buy It Now 13 days
SNAKEFINGER - THE SPOT - RALPH 45 - BLUE VINYL + PICTURE SLEEVE US $9.95 Buy It Now 13 days
Snakefinger - 's History of the Blues (Live In Europe/Remastered/Live... US $25.23 Buy It Now 15 days
The Resdients - Duck Stab 7" ep RARE Ralph records avant garde snakefinger US $11.99 Buy It Now 17 days
Snakefinger - Snakefinger's History Of The Blues - Live In Europe - British B... US $51.07 Buy It Now 18 days
LOT of 3 70/80s 45s w/PICTURE SLEEVE - SNAKEFINGER - RALPH 7805 7907 and 8715 US $24.00 Buy It Now 18 days
Snakefinger Manual of Errors Lp NM orig '82 residents!! US $55.00 Buy It Now 18 days
CHILLI WILLI "BONGOS OVER BALHAM" UK IMPORT 1991 CD SNAKEFINGER RESIDENTS RARE! US $21.99 Buy It Now 18 days
The Residents-Diskomo/Goosebump-Ralph 8006-45RPM SNAKEFINGER US $19.99 Buy It Now 18 days
Snakefinger - Snakefinger's History Of The Blues - Live Europe CD Residents US $21.96 Buy It Now 19 days
NEW Snakefinger's History Of The Blues: Live In Europe [digipak] by... CD (CD) US $25.46 Buy It Now 20 days
Mutants Fun Terminal LP '82 NM snakefinger SF wave rare US $49.00 Buy It Now 20 days
LP - SNAKEFINGER ( THE RESIDENTS) RARE US $46.99 Buy It Now 21 days
PASSED NORMAL usa LP skeleton crew FRED FRITH shockabilly SNAKEFINGER that hope US $14.00 Buy It Now 22 days
SAVOY SOUND WAVE GOODBYE usa LP 1981 sleepers TUXEDOMOON snakefinger MUTANTS US $13.50 Buy It Now 22 days
SNAKEFINGER'S HISTORY OF THE BLUES - LIVE IN EUROPE NEW CD US $31.57 Buy It Now 22 days
residents live in holland CD TORSO 13th anniversary show SNAKEFINGER cryptic US $74.95 Buy It Now 23 days
V/A Savoy Sound Wave Goodbye LP Go! Insert exc Tuxedomoon/Snakefinger US $9.95 Buy It Now 23 days
Snakefinger - 's History of the Blues (Live In Europe/Remastered/Live... US $21.89 Buy It Now 24 days
SNAKEFINGER - SNAKEFINGER`S HISTORY OF THE B - 441192CD US $23.08 Buy It Now 24 days
RESIDENTS Snakefinger The Man in the Dark Sedan Womb To Worm EX 45 7" '80 RALPH US $25.55 Buy It Now 24 days
2 Snakefinger 7 inch Dark Sedan Womb To Worm Great Raven Wilbur Residents US $19.99 Buy It Now 25 days
Live in Europe - Snakefinger New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping US $29.25 Buy It Now 26 days
VA "Passed Normal" 1986 FOT LP/ Snakefinger/ Shockabilly/ Skeleton Crew/ Kixx US $12.99 Buy It Now 26 days
SNAKEFINGER The Spot RALPH RR7805 Ltd EDITION BLUE VINYL Residents PIC SLEEVE US $8.00 Buy It Now 27 days
SNAKEFINGER, RESIDENTS related '78 USA 7" 45 THE SPOT~SMELLY TONGUES on Ralph US $15.00 Buy It Now 27 days
SNAKEFINGER GREENER POSTURES AUSSIE CASSETTE TAPE THE RESIDENTS 1980 7 RECORDS US $186.12 Buy It Now 28 days
V/A POTATOES greek unique lp RALPH RESIDENTS SNAKEFINGER BLITZOIDS VOICE FARM US $14.99 Buy It Now 28 days
Snakefinger 70s ROCK PICTURE SLEEVE RESIDENTS BLUE VINYL Smelly Tongues / Spot US $14.98 Buy It Now 29 days
SNAKEFINGER 45 RALPH RECORDS RESIDENTS US $29.99 Buy It Now 29 days

More places to buy SNAKEFINGER music online Buy SNAKEFINGER & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for SNAKEFINGER DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

SNAKEFINGER shows & tickets


SNAKEFINGER has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

SNAKEFINGER discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

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

3.82 | 8 ratings
Chewing Hides the Sound
1979
3.81 | 7 ratings
Greener Postures
1980
3.96 | 5 ratings
Manual of Errors
1982
3.00 | 1 ratings
Night of Desirable Objects
1986

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins: Live in Chicago
1986

SNAKEFINGER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Against the Grain
1983
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Collection of Songs Written and Produced with The Residents 1978-1980
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Philip Charles Lithman aka Snakefinger
1993

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
The Spot
1978
3.00 | 1 ratings
What Wilbur? / Kill the Great Raven
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Model
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Man in the Dark Sedan
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
There's No Justice in Life
1987

SNAKEFINGER Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 A Collection of Songs Written and Produced with The Residents 1978-1980 by SNAKEFINGER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1988
4.00 | 1 ratings

BUY
A Collection of Songs Written and Produced with The Residents 1978-1980
Snakefinger RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars This so-called collection is actually Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman's first two albums, "Chewing Hides The Sound" (minus for some reason The Vivian Girls) and Greener Postures. Both albums are in the exact order as the original LP releases. Added on at the beginning are two singles Snakefinger recorded with The Residents, The Spot and Smelly Tongues.

The albums feature Lithman's bizarre but amazing guitar style, along with his off the wall compositional style (somewhere between The Residents and Captain Beefheart). His guitar is almost beyond description, using a lot of slide and effects, to give it an unearthly sound.

The best tracks, in my opinion, are Magic And Ecstacy (an Ennio Morricone piece), The Vultures Of Bombay, The Man In The Dark Sedan and the proggiest song on the album, The Picture Maker Vs. Children Of The Sea.

I was lucky enough to see Snakefinger and his band, The Vestal Virgins on his final tour, shortly before his untimely death. He was nice enough to come out and meet the crowd after the show. He seemed to be a nice person.

Buy his albums.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Manual of Errors by SNAKEFINGER album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.96 | 5 ratings

BUY
Manual of Errors
Snakefinger RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by MartyX

5 stars This is the first album SNAKEFINGER released with the band that later became known as the VESTAL VIRGINS, and it is interesting to note just how much of the otherworldly atmosphere that permeates his earlier recordings with THE RESIDENTS carries over into this new combo's sound. It makes one wonder how much SNAKEFINGER himself was responsible for that SAN MATEO SOUND? That said, this record is more accessible than his collaborations with THE RESIDENTS overall, partly because it is less dischordant. It's also probably fair to say that the VESTAL VIRGINS' level of musicianship is higher than that of THE RESIDENTS. One listen to BEATNIK PARTY for example confirms that this band can really cook! Most of the songs lyrically explore darkly paranoid themes that will be familiar to followers of his earlier work, but the music is surprisingly eclectic, and includes some curious covers. THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS, originally recorded by THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, is a brilliant choice. Its hallucinogenic imagery melds seamlessly with SNAKEFINGER's originals, but NINO ROTA's instrumental, SHINING FACES, seems to be a mischievous inclusion. Musically, the album goes from dark and haunting avante garde to slick jazz to Hendrixesque electric blues and explores a few odd cul-de-sacs along the way before wrapping up with the psychodelic grande finale of PRIVATE UNIVERSE/THE LIFE ON NEBULOV (there are five extra tracks included on the CD re- release, not reviewed here). This is one of my all time favourite albums, recorded by a wiked guitarist at the height of his creativity. It's Jimmy Hendrix meets William S Burroughs, so it's not for everybody, but hey, that leaves more for us! Outstanding. Five stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Manual of Errors by SNAKEFINGER album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.96 | 5 ratings

BUY
Manual of Errors
Snakefinger RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by bob x

3 stars This is the first outing for SNAKEFINGER without the RESIDENTS as a backup band. The result is surprisingly good,considering that SNAKEFINGER & RESIDENTS music are almost automaticly linked in most people (who listen to these guys) minds.This line up of musicans on this release included a couple of CAPTAIN BEEFHEART's former backup men.The sound on this one is distinctly SNAKEFINGER,only trippier in places and a bit more structured in other spots. While not as good to my ears as GREENER POSTURES or CHEWING HIDES THE SOUND,the music is still very listenable for this type of artist.Sound is crystal clear and recording quality is flawless!Standout cuts include BEATNIK PARTY and BRING BACK REALITY.At least 3 and one half stars for this effort!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Greener Postures by SNAKEFINGER album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.81 | 7 ratings

BUY
Greener Postures
Snakefinger RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by bob x

4 stars This is the second actual studio solo release by SNAKEFINGER.Much darker and more sinister than CHEWING HIDES THE SOUND,this one sounds like it could be the soundtrack to some obscure horror movie!With it's post punk modern sensibilty it is a perfect example of what RALPH RECORDS later became famous(infamous?) for.Each cut is a mini trip into the inner workings of the SNAKEFINGER/RESIDENTS sound.A sound unique to itself and no other.This is by far the most experimental of the SNAKEFINGER solo releases.With a couple of ex CAPT. BEEFHEART band members SNAKEFINGER creates a surrealistic soundscape that will rival any created anywhere,anyplace,anytime.Standout cuts includes:THE MAN IN THE DARK SEDAN,SAVE ME FROM DALI and LIVING IN VAIN.Recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Chewing Hides the Sound by SNAKEFINGER album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.82 | 8 ratings

BUY
Chewing Hides the Sound
Snakefinger RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by bob x

4 stars This is my personal favorite of all of the solo albums by the late RESIDENTS side kick and sometimes guitarist SNAKEFINGER.The lp starts off stong with a great version of KRAFTWERK's classic tune The Model. The pace never lessens as SNAKEFINGER prods,manipulates and squeezes some amazing sounds from his ax!The only other SNAKEFINGER release which comes close to this one as far as sound quality and energy go is the 1980 release GREENER POSTURES.So if you are into RESIDENTS music or any of the 1980's releases on the RALPH RECORDS label, then this one is well worth a listen.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

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

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.27 seconds