WHOA A RESIDENTS LIST BY FRIPPERONI WHAT A SHOCKER
Meet the Residents
The debut. Revolutionary in its use of sampling ("Nobody But Me" by the Human
Beinz) and macabre compositions. The fact they can make a cover of Boots without
ever hearing the original and making it better is just incredible. Highly essential, but
not for a newcomer.
The Third Reich 'n Roll
Nazis are everywhere. Even Dick Clark is a nazi. And he's holding...a carrot? The
Residents expand on the use of sampling and make several covers of 60s/70s hits
into two side-long suites. Another essential LP.
One of the weaker classic Resi LPs, but good nonetheless. Use of electronics are
further implemented here. Not essential, but good enough for a newcomer to get
(or Duck Stab/Buster & Glen) The most accessible, commercial Residents record
you'll ever find. About every track is a classic. Highly suggested not only for a
newcomer, but any music fan in general.
HOLY FUCK I STILL NEED TO CHECK THIS SHAME ON MEEEEEEEEEEE
A weird concept album about Eskimoes. It takes time to ingest completely, so give
it a chance. Some of it is strangely tribal.
The first of the 80s and perhaps the end of the classic era. 40 minutes of
commercial Californian jingles played on the radio. An underrated classic and
another accessible LP.
Mark of the Mole
Ambitious, yes. Good as its predecessors? No. It's worth a try though. It'd be a
downward spiral from here to the mid-80s. Sadly, the Mole trilogy wasn't
Chewing Hides The Sound
The guitarist for the Residents put out some music, and made it more commercial.
Shit was great, and put up a rendition of Kraftwerk's The Model that about equalled
the original. Riffage all around.
More riffage for Resi fans. Not as accessible, but probably better than the other LP.
Seems kind of new wave-ish, but that's just me.
Title in Limbo
In the middle of the downward spiral of quality: A decent LP, but doesn't live up to
the standards of even Mark of the Mole. The dependence on (now) dated
technology was effecting the quality of the music for the worst.
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George & James
American Composer Series - Volume 1: Side one was covers of George Gershwin
tracks, the other a full cover of James Brown's classic Live at the Apollo LP. Some
weak spots, but good. Recommended to newcomers.
Stars & Hank Forever
American Composer Series - Volume 2: Unfortunately, the series was cancelled due
to poor reception and the advent of CDs. The superior of the two, this features
covers of Hank Williams tracks and a medley of John Philip Sousa marches. This
would be the final album with Snakefinger before his death the next year. Following
this, the group would tour for the first time since the Mole tour in 1983, which
nearly bankrupted the group and their label, Ralph Records.
13th Anniversary Show Live in Tokyo
This tour, featuring Snakefinger, was thanks to fans for the support over the years.
The tour, comprising of recent tracks and older classics, was a critical and
God in Three Persons
Snakefinger is dead. But not the Residents who make a return to form with the
astonishing God in Three Persons, a concept album featuring a "Mr. X" fucking
siamese twins, and a bunch of other crazy shit. The downside is the horrid female
What the fuck have they done. With the advent of CD-ROM, the band pushed it to
its limits, but kind of regressed in quality in doing so. This albums along with the
other CD-ROM era LPs have dated poorly. This is alright I guess.
Live at the Fillmore
An absolute classic. A bizzare live spectacle that must be seen/heard to be
believed. Where else will you hear a botched version of We Are The World?
Ugh. Just bland. Don't bother unless you're a hardcore fan.
I Murdered Mommy
Like said before, only if you're a hardcore fan should you check this out. But, if you
want to be bored out of your mind and hear some nonsense, go on and check it
The Bunny Boy
Electronic, but a return to the classic sound. Not as good as the classics, but damn
is it pretty good.
The most recent LP, and the best in years. It's nothing like any other Residents
albums, and goes pretty hard into the electronic territory. Essential.
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Has no presents (has no presence) In the future
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Buster & Glen
The weaker half of DS/B&G. Still good shit.
Considered by many to be a predecessor of The Residents. Some weird ass shit,
not for everyone too. It's pretty cool for its time.
12 Days of Brumalia
The twelve fucking days of christmas. By The Residents.