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The Residents – Res Dance ’82 (Live In The Studio)

Included on the recent ‘Mole Box’; a collection of all of the albums associated with The Residents ‘Mole Trilogy’; this appears to be a run through of the live show the band undertook during the early 80’s. The show was an attempt at bringing the 2 recent album, ‘Mark Of The Mole’ and ‘The Tunes Of Two Cities’,s on the road. The tour bankrupted the Cryptic Corporation (the shadowy management team for The Residents), and changed The Residents forever (rumour has it that 2 of the original 4 left, never to return). Anyone who has heard material from the show will recognise this as pretty much the same ‘Mark Of The Mole’ material they touted on stage.


The Birthday Party – Peel Session 1982


1. Pleasure Avalanche (0:07)

2. Deep In The Woods (4:16)

3. Sonny’s Burning (8:52)

4. Marry Me (Lie! Lie!) (11:56)

Snakefinger – Shining Faces (“I Am Nino”)

Cheery, almost slapstick-like ditty from Lithman’s 1982 album ‘Manual Of Errors’.

Nice Nino Rota cover.

The Residents – The New Hymn (Recessional)

The closing track from the Louisiana bands 1982 EP ‘Intermission’ (music made for the Intermission of the bands ill-fated tour ‘The Mole Show’) is constructed from metallic percussion and church organ stabs, with backing vocals from Annette Stocking, Joan Cashel, and Jeanette Sartain; and the lyrics sung by the main singing Resident are related to the story of the Moles and the Chubs, though they have categorically stated that the EP is not part of the Mole Trilogy (and part 3 of the Trilogy has never seen the light of day). ‘Intermission’ is a real favourite amongst Residents fans, and has been a starting point for many; perhaps it can be your start on a  long and interesting journey?

The Residents – Shorty’s Lament

It was the band’s first live tour, which turned out to be an expensive disaster for them all. However, in true residents fashion, they threw themselves into it 100%, and not only did they develop their studio-bound sound for live performance (with a huge helping hand from the brand spanking new Emulators), they also recorded music to be played during the concerts intermission (yep! No bands open for the Residents, they play a long show with a break). The tracks recorded for the intermission get their own release on the 1982 EP/Mini-Album, simply titled ‘Intermission’. This is a firm favourite among Rez heads, and is a classic in its own right. Again the emulator plays a large part on these recordings, as it was the fab fours favourite toy at the time. The tracks on side B of the release definitley have a Moles and Chubs theme (for those familiar with The Mole Show), but side A appears to be different. This track alludes to recent shifts within the band “bye Jay….bye”, and one can only wonder who shorty is. The rolling sampled drums and synthetic mariachi horns are forever remembered once heard, and I hope those who are hearing this for the first time enjoy it as much as those that came before.

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

This Post Punk anthem was a classic Goth favourite, and yet it had a real skank to it. Music really is a wonderful thing. 1982.

Snakefinger – The Garden Of Earthly Delights

Wonderful cover of the West-Coast psychedelic track from United States of America. This is from Snakey’s 1982 ‘Manual of Errors’, released on Ralph Records.

Peter Gabriel – Shock the Monkey

The “hit” from Gabriel’s 4th album (all of his first 4 albums are simply titled ‘Peter Gabriel’, though this was later re-named ‘4’ or ‘Security’.) from 1982. The whole album has 80’s hallmarks all over it, and sees the former Genesis frontman play around with Post Punk, World Folk, and Synth tropes. This was before he hit mainstream appeal, though you could sense it wasn’t far off. This song is about jealousy by the way, before people start thinking of smutty euphemisms.

Snakefinger – Yeti: What Are You?

Wow! Snakefinger would have been 69 today if he hadn’t have passed on to the great gig in the sky back in July ’87. The Sentinel pay respect with the opening track from his great 3rd album, 1982’s ‘Manual of Errors’.

Biota – Biota [full album]

After they changed their name from Mnemonists to Biota, the US acts sound started to shift into something more subtle. However, this album has that darker, denser feel that they were known for under their former moniker. This is their self-titled album from 1982.

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