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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 discography


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

4.01 | 96 ratings
Meet The Residents
1974
4.12 | 94 ratings
The Third Reich 'N Roll
1976
3.75 | 41 ratings
Fingerprince
1977
3.97 | 95 ratings
Not Available
1978
4.27 | 94 ratings
Duck Stab / Buster & Glen
1978
3.97 | 82 ratings
Eskimo
1979
3.63 | 74 ratings
Commercial Album
1980
2.99 | 49 ratings
Mark Of The Mole
1981
3.49 | 34 ratings
The Tunes of Two Cities
1982
2.22 | 8 ratings
Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf)
1983
2.59 | 18 ratings
George And James
1984
3.84 | 18 ratings
Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?
1984
2.34 | 13 ratings
The Census Taker (Original Soundtrack)
1985
1.95 | 21 ratings
The Big Bubble
1985
4.40 | 25 ratings
Stars & Hank
1986
3.74 | 36 ratings
God In Three Persons
1988
2.63 | 15 ratings
God In Three Persons Soundtrack
1988
3.28 | 24 ratings
The King & Eye
1989
2.85 | 28 ratings
Freak Show
1990
2.56 | 24 ratings
Gingerbread Man
1994
2.99 | 13 ratings
Hunters
1995
2.49 | 18 ratings
Have A Bad Day
1996
3.69 | 29 ratings
Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible
1998
2.61 | 12 ratings
Roadworms: The Berlin Sessions
2000
3.56 | 9 ratings
Icky Flix: Original Soundtrack Recording
2001
4.23 | 27 ratings
Demons Dance Alone
2002
3.58 | 17 ratings
WB:RMX
2004
1.70 | 9 ratings
The King & Eye: RMX
2004
3.98 | 13 ratings
The 12 Days of Brumalia
2004
3.75 | 27 ratings
Animal Lover
2005
2.48 | 18 ratings
Tweedles!
2006
2.32 | 12 ratings
The River of Crime: Episodes 1-5
2006
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Voice of Midnight
2007
3.71 | 25 ratings
The Bunny Boy
2008
3.12 | 14 ratings
The Ughs
2009
3.29 | 11 ratings
Lonely Teenager
2011
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Rivers Of Hades
2011
4.01 | 17 ratings
Coochie Brake
2012
4.04 | 4 ratings
The Ghost Of Hope
2017

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

3.50 | 2 ratings
Mole Show
1983
4.50 | 2 ratings
Live In The USA: The 13th Anniversary Tour
1986
2.74 | 10 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show, Live in Tokyo
1986
2.12 | 6 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show: Live in Holland
1987
3.06 | 7 ratings
The Snakey Wake
1988
4.67 | 9 ratings
The Mole Show: Live in Holland
1989
2.36 | 6 ratings
Cube E: Live In Holland
1990
4.25 | 4 ratings
Live at the Fillmore
1998
3.25 | 7 ratings
Wormwood Live 1999
1999
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Way We Were
2005
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Mole Show (Bag Set)
2009
3.50 | 2 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
4.00 | 2 ratings
Triple Dub-Ya: The Way We Were Melbourne
2012
3.50 | 2 ratings
Demonic! The Residents Live in Oslo!
2013
3.00 | 2 ratings
The 13th Anniversary Show - Cleveland (Featuring Snakefinger)
2014
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Wonder of Weird
2014
3.33 | 3 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
4.59 | 13 ratings
Icky Flix
2001
4.00 | 8 ratings
Eskimo
2002
4.61 | 10 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
4.14 | 7 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
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
DOT.COM
2017

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

3.28 | 10 ratings
Santa Dog 1972
1972
4.67 | 3 ratings
Meet The Residents Sampler
1974
3.33 | 3 ratings
Satisfaction
1976
4.00 | 11 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
3.38 | 8 ratings
Babyfingers
1979
2.38 | 10 ratings
Diskomo
1980
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Commercial Single
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Shut Up, Shut Up
1980
3.08 | 11 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
3.50 | 2 ratings
For Elsie
1987
3.25 | 4 ratings
Double Shot
1988
2.49 | 7 ratings
Holy Kiss Of Flesh
1988
3.67 | 6 ratings
Santa Dog '88
1988
4.00 | 2 ratings
Buckaroo Blues
1989
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kaw-Liga (Housey Mix)
1989
3.75 | 4 ratings
Don't Be Cruel
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Liver Music
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Stranger Than Supper
1990
2.21 | 5 ratings
Daydream B-Liver
1991
3.20 | 5 ratings
Santa Dog '92
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
3.75 | 4 ratings
Smell My Picture
2008
3.85 | 4 ratings
Postcards from Patmos
2008
2.27 | 2 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
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tabasco: Tweedles Instrumental
2010
2.29 | 5 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
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
3.50 | 2 ratings
Lizard Lady (Live)
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rushing Like A Banshee
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Santa Dog 17
2017

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4.04 | 4 ratings

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4 stars A Real "Trainwreck" of an Album

The Residents exist in a niche within a niche as one of the most divisive acts in our little archive. Generally regarded as surreal, darkly theatrical, and musically quite a bit more minimalist than the typical prog rock fare, they tend to evoke a "love 'em/hate 'em" response from listeners, particularly first timers. The consistency that one finds with The Residents is their affinity for unifying themes and full-on concept albums to go along with their dark theatrics. Their 2017 release, The Ghost of Hope, fits the mold to the letter.

In the current political climate of "out with the new, in with the old", the first thought that might come to mind is there is a political theme to this album with a name like The Ghost of Hope. Perhaps, but not on a superficial or immediately transparent way. No, The Residents are a great deal more clever than that. The album is a cautionary tale weaved from a conglomeration of turn of the century (19th-20th) rail disasters. Disasters ultimately resultant of hubris and decaying infrastructure, used as a parallel to current technological advancements and inability to apply the throttle in moderation. The seven disasters were chosen not for their quantity of carnage, but instead for the quality thereof. The scenes are painted in particularly gory, often fiery detail. Those familiar with The Residents ability to apply the aforementioned dark theatrics will not be surprised by their ability to create deeply morbid textures into 100-plus year-old stories. Often presented in the ubiquitous monotone, semi-spoken word vocal stylings of "Randy Rose", the stories take on that 90's, early 2000's backwater storytelling motif that became The Residents' staple. Combined with background sound effects of locomotive whistles, crowd noise (even an elephant), and rail clatter, one is transported to the scene of the horrifying incidents as described.

Musically the core instrumentation is consistent with the synth driven textures common to The Residents the late- 80's and forward material. Rarely are the tempos redundant. There are a few surprises. For example, a section of driving hard rock precipitated by the cycling of metal wheels on rail of a speeding train. But overall it falls within the expectations of their later material with long sections of ambiance to color the background canvas of accompanied sound effects.

What sets this album apart is the booklet packaging. The CD is sleeved in a hardcover book presentation. Anyone who has ever seen the coffee table books of railroad enthusiasts will recognize the publication styling. The booklet is 20-pages long, complete with the lyrics, stories and accounts of the accidents the songs describe, as well as accident scene photos with our friendly tuxedoed giant eyeballs photoshopped in for good measure.

For the music alone this is a good to excellent 3.5 star album. Perhaps nothing new under the sun, but beautifully textured and explicit example of the storytelling ability of The Residents. But I highly recommend the full CD package to even fringe appreciators of the band for its collector value. For that, I give the album a solid 4-stars.

 Duck Stab / Buster & Glen by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.27 | 94 ratings

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

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In principle divided into two sides - Duck Stab is side A, Buster & Glen is side B - you'd have to listen pretty carefully to work out whether there's any real logical distinction between the two halves of this bizarre little album. Mashing 14 offbeat musical outbursts into just over 35 minutes, the album ranges from almost-mainstream catchy numbers like Weight Lifting Lulu to weird goof-offs like Bach Is Dead and dissonant experiments like Electrocutioner. It's all very, very odd, but somehow compelling right to the end, and whilst I don't think I "get it" just yet, I don't think I lose anything from not getting it - I'm glad just to let it go and let the stabbed ducks waddle over me.
 Duck Stab / Buster & Glen by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.27 | 94 ratings

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

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This was my first taste of THE RESIDENTS and it was an excellent place to start as it is one of their more accessible records. This album is made up of two Eps both with seven songs each, with "Duck Stab" having been released prior to this while "Buster & Glen" was first released here. I can't believe these guys are from Louisiana. Anyway for someone like myself who likes to describe the music this is a nightmare. The off-kiltered rhythms, manipulated instruments, treated vocals and humerous lyrics make this very unique sounding. And it's very catchy to the point of a few of these songs getting stuck in my head. PRIMUS are very big fans of these guys and covered a few of their songs.

"Constantinople" is a word that will bring this song to mind if I ever here it again. Man this is so catchy and repetitive and it makes me smile. Very strange instrumental sounds and these guys have a talent for making catchy but strange rhythms. "Sinister Exaggerator" opens with a beat and guitar but neither are even close to being conventional. It almost sounds like violin briefly. Catchy stuff with vocals arriving before 1 1/2 minutes. There's that weird violin-like sound again after the vocals stop. "Booker Tease" is brighter with again a head-bobbing rhythm. The dissonance before a minute makes me squint. "Blue Rosebuds" is a dark toe-tapper with reserved and somewhat normal vocals. There's also some high-pitched helium- like vocals that are quite amusing. "Laughing Song" has what sounds like demented accordion then this laughter kicks in and the rhythm mimics the laughter. Funny stuff. "Bach Is Dead" is simple but so enjoyable as "Bach is dead" is repeated over and over. Who knew singing about someone being dead would be so funny. The final track of the first Ep is "Elvis And His Boss" which is so strange including the vocals. The instrumental work is way out there people.

"Lizard Lady" has fast paced vocals and an urgent sound. Sounds like a Minion a minute in(haha). The intensity rises late. "Semolina" is one that while catchy is also my least favourite mainly because of the way he sings the chorus. It still gets stuck in my head though damn it! "Birthday Boy" is funny and a highlight of the "Buster & Glen" Ep for me. Again we get this strange sounding rhythm and humerous lyrics. "Weight Lifting Lulu" has a different vibe to it along with this dark undercurrent. Normal vocals and it's catchy. Dissonant string-like sounds arrive after 2 minutes. "Krafty Cheese" is so difficult to describe with those deep sounds and also the experimental ones. Deep voices and those helium-like ones are part of this. "Hello Skinny" doesn't amuse me as far as the lyrics go but man instrumentally this is once again very innovative. "Electrocutioner" has a beat and what sounds like horns as the vocals join in. This is catchy but man there's plenty of dissonance in it. A change after 1 1/2 minutes as we get vocals and what sounds like mellotron(I'm sure it's not). A beat and more follows.

I absolutely love this stuff and while I feel the second Ep isn't as strong as the first this is easily 4 stars.

 Kaw-Liga (Dancemix) by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1986
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Kaw-Liga (Dancemix)
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars An enormous eye full of mirrors.

If somebody has the guts to add up all kind of 80's dance floor music cliches, turn them around to the point of sounding as new, danceable and fashionable as they are, and yet mock the whole dance floor scene without defacing it, but enhancing its superficial glam and involuntary kitsch , well those somebodies have to be The Residents with this "Kaw Liga (DANCEMIX)", 1986, EP.

The original track inspired by "Kaw-Liga" written by Hank Williams & Fred Rose, an offspring included in their tribute album "STARS & HANK", same year, plus 2 remixes of the same, one of those completely un-danceable and totally "Resident" experimental weird, conform this fun, irreverent yet perfectly constructed and designed quasi-dance floor oriented release.

***3 PA stars.

 Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf) by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.22 | 8 ratings

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Title In Limbo (With Renaldo And The Loaf)
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

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

 The King & Eye: RMX by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
1.70 | 9 ratings

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The King & Eye: RMX
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

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.

 The King & Eye by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.28 | 24 ratings

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The King & Eye
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

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.

 In Between Screams: Intermission Music From The Residents' Wormwood by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
1.32 | 6 ratings

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

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

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.

 I Murdered Mommy! by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.00 | 5 ratings

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I Murdered Mommy!
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Hunters by RESIDENTS, THE album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.99 | 13 ratings

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Hunters
The Residents RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

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.

Thanks to Retrovertigo for the artist addition.

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