The Residents (avantgarde experimental group)

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Allegedly formed: in Shreveport, LA, USA

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The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents (1974), the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, the Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects. Ralph Records, a record label focusing on avant-garde music, was started by the band.

Throughout the group's existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. Much outside speculation and rumor has focused on this aspect of the group. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tails—a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography.

Its albums generally fall into two categories: deconstructions of Western popular music, and complex conceptual pieces composed around a theme, theory, or plot. The group is noted for surrealistic lyrics and sound, disregard for conventional music composition, and the over-the-top theatrical spectacle of their live performances.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1974 Meet the Residents 5 6
1976 The Third Reich 'n Roll 4 5
1976 Fingerprince 4 3
1978 Not Available 3 3
1978 Duck Stab / Buster & Glen 4.5 4
1979 Eskimo 3 7
1980 Commercial Album 3 7
1981 Mark of the Mole 3 3
1983 Residue of the Residents 1
1984 George & James 1
1985 Stars & Hank Forever 1
1985 The Big Bubble 2
1988 God in Three Persons 5
1988 The Tunes of Two Cities 2
1989 The King and Eye 2 1
1990 Stranger than Supper 1
1992 Our Finest Flowers 3
1994 Gingerbread Man 3 2
1996 Have a Bad Day 2
1997 Pollex Christi 1
1998 Wormwood 3
2000 Dot.com 1
2001 High Horses 1
2002 Demons Dance Alone 2
2002 Eat Exuding Oinks! Ralph Records' 1977 Radio Special 1
2002 Freak Show 3 1
2003 12 Days of Brumalia 1
2003 WB:RMX 2 1
2005 Animal Lover 3
2006 The River of Crime! 2
2006 Tweedles! 2
2007 Night of the Hunters 1
2007 The Voice of Midnight 1
2008 Animal Lover Instrumental 1
2008 Smell My Picture 1
2008 The Bunny Boy 1
2009 The Ughs! 1
2010 Dollar General 1
2010 Voiceless Midnight 1
2011 Lonely Teenager 2
2011 Coochie Brake 1
2011 The Rivers Of Hades 1
Arkansas 1
Ozark 1
Stars & Hank Forever: The American Composer's Series, Volume II 1
The Warner Bros. Album 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Nibbles 3
1986 Heaven? 1
1986 Hell! 1
1990 Liver Music 1
1991 Daydream B Liver 1
1994 Poor Kaw-Liga's Pain 1
1997 Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses: 25th Anniversary Box Set 2
1997 Residue deux 2
2000 Roosevelt 2.0 1
2002 Petting Zoo 3
2006 Best Left Unspoken: Volume One 1
2006 Best Left Unspoken... Volume Two: High Horses and Other Selections 1
2007 Best Left Unspoken... Volume Three: For Elsie and Other Selections 1
2009 Ten Little Piggies 1
2010 Duck Stab + Buster & Glenn + Goosebump 1
2013 Ten Two Times 1
Assorted Secrets 1
Kettles of Fish on the Outskirts of Town 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Live in the USA: 13th Anniversary Tour 1
1987 Live in Holland: 13th Anniversary Show 1
1989 Mole Show 3 1
1990 Cube E: Live in Holland: The History of American Music in 3 EZ Pieces 2
1999 DVD 5 1
1999 Live in Tokyo: 13th Anniversary Show 1
2000 Roadworms 1
2005 Live at the Fillmore - Act One 1
2005 Live at the Fillmore - Act Two 1
2012 Demonic! The Residents Live in Oslo! 1
2014 Marching to the See 1
2014 Shadowland 1
1986-10-05: Den Norske Opera, Oslo, Norway (feat. Snakefinger) 1
2008-10-17: Lakeshore Theater, Chicago, IL (Early & Late set) 1
The Way We Were 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 The King & Eye: RMX 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? 1
1991 Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? / The Census Taker 1
1995 Hunters 1
2004 I Murdered Mommy 1
2008 Postcards From Patmos 1
2013 Mush-Room 1
Freak Show 1
Icky Flix 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1976 Satisfaction 1
1977 The Beatles Play The Residents and The Residents Play The Beatles 1
1987 Hit the Road Jack 1
1988 Double Shot 1
1988 Holy Kiss of Flesh [3"] 1
1988 Kaw-Liga 5 2
1990 Diskomo 1
Blowoff 1
Holy Kiss of Flesh Remix 1
Santa Dog '92 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Duck Stab 2
1979 Babyfingers 1

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