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The Residents – Earth vs The Flying Saucers

Around the mid 80’s The Residents had an idea of restoring sci-fi B movies by colouring them and doing a brand new soundtrack. They even checked out an old Porno cinema in Frisco with a notion of buying it in order to screen these restorations. Like many of their early ideas (Vileness Fats is the example that leaps immediately to mind), ambition exceeded ability; or at least ‘do-ability’. The idea was scrapped (they probably would have lost interest in it anyway), and all we have to show for it is a montage of the 1956 movie ‘Earth vs the Flying Saucers’ that has had colour added and, of course, music made by the fab four themselves accompanying the montage. This ended up being released with the first edition of the Cryptic Guide To The Residents.

The Residents – Birthday boy

Happy 5th birthday to us, happy 5th birthday to us.

The Residents – Lizard Lady

Lysergic cartoon pop from an alternate reality where the hit parade is littered with terrifyingly comic bangers. From their 1978 EP that never was ‘Buster & Glen’.

The Residents – Weight Lifting Lulu

Someone once described Captain Beefheart’s music as ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll from Pluto’. Lovely description, but far more apt for the work of The Residents around the time of their ‘Duck Stab/Buster & Glen’ period (which was 1978); especially on tracks like ‘Elvis & His Boss’, and this one, ‘Weight Lifting Lulu’. Eerie, otherworldy Rockabilly that sounds like it is being played through an ancient transistor tuned into another dimension. ‘Retro’, as imagined by David Lynch.

The Residents – Eat Exuding Oinks! Ralph Records’ 1977 Radio Special

Here is the 2001 reissue of the 1977 Radio Special that Ralph Records engaged in to celebrate their 5th anniversary. The team took the show to RAO Studios in Houston, Texas, where it was aired by the Radio stations host Sid Powell. Powell clearly doesn’t dig the sound from Louisiana’s phenomenal Pop combo, but Ralph/Cryptic Corporation man Jay Clem fields these hostile questions from Powell excellently. Matters discussed among the tunes played are; the theory of phonetic organisation and the originator of the idea, the mysterious N. Senada; the connection between the Beatles and the Residents, and the rumour that they are both one and the same (a hot topic in 1977); and the band’s work-in-progress ‘Eskimo’. The tracklisting for the songs played is below.

  1. Introduction
  2. Death in Barstow
  3. Interview
  4. Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life
  5. Flying
  6. Satisfaction
  7. Interview
  8. Loser \cong  Weed
  9. Interview
  10. Melon Collie Lassie
  11. Interview
  12. Santa Dog
  13. Interview
  14. King Kong
  15. Interview
  16. Kamakazi Lady
  17. Whoopy Snorp
  18. Interview
  19. Walter Westinghouse
  20. Credits

The Residents – Santa Dog ’78

Festive doings from The Residents with a reworking of the song ‘Fire’ from their 1972 EP ‘Santa Dog’. This reworking is, of course, from 1978; and you can tell that the track is from the ‘Duck Stab/Buster & Glen’ era.

The Residents – The Electrocutioner

The closing track from what would have been the ‘Buster & Glen’ 7″ EP* starts off frenetically; with guest vocalist ‘Ruby’ singing about “throwing switches” and electrocuting people. The Residents start chanting “she is the Electrocutioner” whilst Snakefinger wails all over the tune. The second half of the song is like an eastern European waltz that Ruby softly sings along to. Classic stuff from 1978.

*The EP became the second side of the ‘Duck Stab’ LP, which consisted of the previously released ‘Duck Stab’ EP, along with this never released EP.

The Residents – Whoopy Snorp

‘Whoopy Snorp’ was a track that originally surfaced on a 1977 compilation put together by LAFMS called ‘Blorp Esette Volume 1’; with cover art by Don Van Vliet no less. This is classic ‘Fingerprince/Babyfingers’ era Residents (each album was a milestone during their first 10 years that one has to link styles of tracks to whatever LP was being produced at the time). The bands trusty 70’s drum machine acts as a carrier for ridiculous trumpet bursts and spoken word from what appears to be someone other than the singing Resident (that happened more often in the early days). A truly classic track that later resurfaced on the album ‘Residue’.

C.W. Vrtacek – Crazy Sound

Another one from Charles O’Meara’s spot on Residents pastiche ‘Now Available’ from 1983. This almost could be the fab four with Snakey on guitar.

The Residents – Laughing Song

Demented yet playful opening track from the original Duck Stab 7″. The track was relegated to the 5th track on side 1 of the Duck Stab/Buster & Glen album. Nonsense lyrics, descending manic laughter and spiralling Viola (courtesy of Snakefinger) are the order of the day. A real highlight is the queasy break at 0:50. Classic.

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