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The Residents: The Ritz, New York NY

Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, 8 February 1986

CHANCES ARE that if you know the Residents at all, you know them by their eyeballs, not their music. Avant-garde to the max, the San Francisco quartet has never revealed its members' identities, has never appeared in public or in photos without being disguised, and has never received commercial radio play. But their trademark costume of recent years — giant eyeballs for heads, with top hats and tux completing the picture — is impossible to forget.

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