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Mar 19th, 2007, 10:57 PM
The more I listen to them the more I like them :rock
So far I have Third Reich 'n Roll, Hunters and Duck Stab! ;<
Which ones are good?
Mar 20th, 2007, 02:12 PM
the commercial album is really good too, so is eskimo
max burbank is a residents fan from way back and i know he's partial to not available
Mar 20th, 2007, 03:41 PM
Not Available and Mark of the Mole/Intermission are my favourites. Meet the Residents is fantastic too; I don't think it's one of their more popular albums and it can be grating if you're not in the right mood but it has a real raw creative energy behind it that I don't think is captured as well on anything else of theirs.
Mar 21st, 2007, 12:07 PM
For early, classic stuff, I think "Not Available" is unbeatable. Duckstab, fingerprints are faves too.
Much of the modern stuff falls pretty short for me, but there are two absolute gems in there. "The King and I" in their American composer series I think really reaches a dark aspect of Elvis' work that is part of what makes him an artist who lasts. "Freakshow" is a great concept album and is accesible in a way that a lot of their stuff isn't, which is both good and bad. It's nowhere near as mysterious as some of thir stuff, which I miss, but they intend every lyric to be heard and so you get a feel for the writing which on some of their denser earlier stuff you don't.
Also, very rare but fun as hell is a Ralph Records compelation album hosted byPenn Gilette. This is going way back, he was in a performace art ensemble called, I think, The Asparagus Valley Cultural society. The premiss of the album is that he's trapped in a room and forced to listen to the entire Ralph Records catalogue, which features a lot of Residents stuff, but also Snakefinger and a few other acts I now longer recall.
I saw the Residents in concert in the early eaighties, and while it was already past their 'classic' period, it was a truly transcendent experience.
I honestly think they are in a class by themselves.
Mar 24th, 2007, 11:52 AM
Is one of them a chick? Cuz in a lot of their music I hear a distinctly female voice
Mar 26th, 2007, 10:22 AM
I don't think so. In the Liner notes, there are almost always guest vocal credits for womens voices. But you never know. It's widely speculated that not all the originals are still part of the band.
Mar 26th, 2007, 11:49 AM
well that's part of the reason they kept their identities secret in the first place
theory of obscurity and all that
Mar 28th, 2007, 05:17 PM
So far I've really liked The Commercial Album. The little one-minute songs are like candy.
Apr 4th, 2007, 06:52 PM
This thread is incredibly timely. I just bought Third Reich Rock & Roll today and IT'S AWESOME!!11!!
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