The Residents--Meet The Residents

The Residents are true avant-garde crazies. Their earliest albums (of which this is the first) have precedents in Captain Beefheart's experimental albums, Frank Zappa's conceptual numbers from Freak Out, the work of Steve Reich and the compositions of chance music tonemeister John Cage -- yet the Residents' work of this time really sounds like nothing else that exists. All of the music on this release consists of deconstructions of countless rock and non-rock styles, which are then grafted together to create chaotic, formless, seemingly haphazard numbers; the first six "songs" (including a fragment from the Nancy Sinatra hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'") are strung together to form a larger entity similar in concept to the following lengthier selections. The result is a series of unique, odd, challenging numbers that manage not to be entirely successful. The album cover is a fierce burlesque of the Beatles' first U.S. Capitol label release, sporting puerilely doctored photographs of the Fab Four on the front and pictures of collarless-suited sea denizens on the back (identified as Paul McCrawfish, Ringo Starfish, and the like). This is an utterly bizarre platter that may appeal to very adventurous listeners.

4 COMMENTS:

_crisis said...

!come back, petunia

they're gods to me

chromerobot on 9:37 pm said...

Any chance you have the King and Eye? Their Elvis covers album. If you do I would greatly appreciate it!
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

5. Consuelo's Departure From the Residents' album is missing!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! What about "commercial Album" and "The King and Eye" ???

I love this blog.

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