The Residents
The Third Reich 'n Roll


4.0
excellent

Review

by A : w.e.b. CONTRIBUTOR (100 Reviews)
November 30th, 2013 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If the Third Reich were to be successful...

In 1974, The Residents, an avant-garde rock band from Louisiana, released their debut album, Meet the Residents, to little acclaim. Only forty copies were sold, with others being returned unopened in its first year. Only did it gain critical acclaim decades later. Its follow-up, The Third Reich 'n Roll, released in 1976, used more of the experimental methods used on the band's debut, and with those methods, deconstructed and destroyed several songs of the 1960s. A parody of pop music and commercials of said time period, the album consists of two side-long epics, Swastikas on Parade, and Hitler Was a Vegetarian.

On both sides were the butchering of many classic songs of the 60s, as well as some obscure tracks such as Telstar and 96 Tears. This time around, the band garnered controversy for the cover art in which it depicted Dick Clark, a well-renowned entertainer, in a Nazi uniform holding a carrot while being surrounded by swastikas, pictures of a dancing Adolf Hitler in both male and female dress, as well as other forms of paraphernalia. This would lead to the German pressing being heavily censored with every Nazi reference being covered with the word "censored". The Residents utilize their many instruments to thoroughly massacre the thirty songs integrated into both tracks on Third Reich. Like Meet the Residents, Third Reich 'n Roll didn't gather much attention, although the controversy surrounding the art helped the band gain some attention publicly, helping their album sales and nurturing a growing fan base.

The Third Reich 'n Roll gives the listener thirty-six minutes of noise, a destruction of the pop hits of the 1960s, putting their own odd and quirky spin on them, making them their own. It's horrifying to say the least, to the point where it works as a serious album. It works so well that anyone could listen to it, being one of their most accessible albums along with Duck Stab and Eskimo. The sound of the album may put one off at first, but given the time, one can grow to appreciate it as not only noise, but art as well.



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crutchfieldtongs
November 30th 2013


115 Comments


Good album review. You should check out Gingerbread Man, Demons Dance Alone, God in Three Persons, Not Available, and Duck Stab if you haven't already.

Grimsby
November 30th 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pretty good review, does the album justice.

Jethro42
December 1st 2013


14781 Comments


I probably wont be approaching that band, since you said it probably wouldn't be my thing.
Good job on the review.



Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2014


22457 Comments


band is strange to say the least lol

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PowerBlitz
July 30th 2016


131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What the hell is with the Hey Jude tribute at the end...I am so confused.

TVC15
December 5th 2016


8173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Greatest criticism of pop music and censorship ever

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Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2016


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i should probably rewrite this revvvvvvvv

JokineAugustus
January 1st 2017


8583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What a fucked up band

GhandhiLion
April 4th 2017


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

better than the Beatles tbh. Greatest criticism of pop music and censorship ever [2]

Digging: Slapp Happy and Henry Cow - Desperate Straights

SteveOffProbation
April 4th 2017


1445 Comments


yea this an incredibly interesting listen for sure

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2017


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you tried

SteveOffProbation
April 4th 2017


1445 Comments


something like that

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
April 4th 2017


12855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmu when you actually check these guys



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