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Residents, The

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The Residents: 'Beyond The Valley Of A Day In the Life'

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 26 November 1977

TO THE RESIDENTS, nothing is sacred, least of all themselves. Whether you love/hate the Residents, whether you've heard of them, don't care, matters not at ...

Residents: Meet the Residents *****; Third Reich 'N' Roll *****; Finger Prince *****

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, 31 December 1977

NOT FOR the faint-hearted. Be warned. Residents specialise in cultural sabotage, sonic rearrangement, cryptic capers. They are (at the same time) very funny and vary ...

Meet the Legendary Residents, Alias the Cryptic Corporation

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 18 February 1978

...alias Pore-No-Graphics, alias Pale Pachyderm Publishing, alias Ralph Records. Maybe. Or maybe not. Some people think they're The Beatles. Hell, anybody who makes Ku Klux ...

Snakefinger: Meet the Latest New Wave Cult Figure

Profile by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 19 August 1978

YOU’VE SEEN the ads. You've been enticed, or not by the quirky graphics. Perhaps you've even bought the record, itself as quirky and improbable as ...

Residents Leave Home

Report and Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 11 November 1978

Those of you who follow the regular propaganda turns of those San Mateo obscurantists, The Residents, will have noticed of late certain odd developments in ...

The Residents: Not Available

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 11 November 1978

MORE SO than anything else they've done, when Not Available's weirdness wears off, its "merry tunes" become an indelible stain on one's day-to-day existence. After ...

The Residents: Not Available

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 11 November 1978

EVEN BEFORE slotting the stylus into the grooves, you're aware that this is one of the most bizarre albums ever to make it a: far ...

The Residents: Nibbles! (Virgin)

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 21 July 1979

MEET THE Residents!!! ...

The Residents: Eskimo (Ralph)

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 6 October 1979

I'M NOT altogether sure quite how to convey the magnitude of The Residents' achievement with Eskimo. What I am sure of is that it's without ...

Ralph Records: Surrealism a Go Go

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, September 1980

Waiting for art talent scouts? There are no art talent scouts. Face it, no one will seek you out. No one gives a shit. — ...

The Residents: Mark Of The Mole and The Tunes Of Two Cities (Ralph)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 24 April 1982

The Residents Going Underground ...

The Residents: George & James (Korova)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1983

IT WOULD appear that the San Mateo four can't think of a way to end the Mole Trilogy they began in 1981. Instead, they've launched ...

The Residents: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 9 July 1983


The Residents: Part Four of the Mole Trilogy (Ralph)

Review by Richard Gehr, Spin, January 1986

PART THREE of the Residents' Mole Trilogy doesn't exist, but we can't let that keep us from utter confusion. It all comes down to the ...

The Residents: Residents Only

Profile and Interview by Richard Gehr, Spin, April 1986

Take a good hard look at America's preeminent underground avant-pop ensemble – you might like what you see. ...

The Residents: Eyeball To Eyeball

Live Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Creem, June 1986

The Residents: The Ritz, New York, Jan. 16, 1986 ...

The Residents: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 8 November 1986

IF YOU often wondered what fate befalls ex-members of that most teenage of teenage groups, Menudo, don't. Their hearts are left in San Francisco where ...

The Residents: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 8 November 1986


The Residents: Cube E Show, Sadler's Wells, London

Live Review by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, 18 November 1989

SOME CLASSY joint! No beer slop pit of a venue for The Residents... Nosiree! Instead, the paying customers are treated to seats, opera glasses and ...

The Residents: Taking Care of Business

Profile by Richard Gehr, The Village Voice, 23 January 1990

The Residents used to be such irritating misfits, what with their art school disguises and grating resentful satires of '60s pop music. Nerds and outsiders ...

The Residents Keep an Eye on Their Secret Identities

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 26 January 1990

San Francisco's visionary underground musicians will surface tonight with a unique take on Elvis. ...

The Residents Keep an Eye on Their Secret Identities

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 26 January 1990

Pop music: SanFrancisco's visionary underground musicians will surface tonight with a unique take on Elvis. ...

The Residents: Re-issues

Review by Andy Gill, Q, February 1990

LISTENING TO THE early Residents LPs as they came out through the '70s was always attended by the excitement of knowing you were going to ...

The Residents: The King and Eye ***½ (Enigma)

Review by Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, 8 February 1990

CLOAKED IN anonymity, the Residents have spent fifteen years playfully dancing around music's strangest regions to create a vast, influential and mostly enjoyable body of ...

The Primer: The Residents

Discography by Edwin Pouncey, The Wire, February 2001

A bi-monthly series in which we offer a user's guide to recordings of some of our favourite musicians. This month, Edwin Pouncey takes a duck ...

The Residents: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, The Guardian, 18 September 2001

"YOU'RE NOT the real Residents!" shouts a heckler. He may or may not have a point – there is no way of telling. Since 1972, ...

Four-legged trends: The Residents: Animal Lover (Mute) ****

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2005

Latest concept album from cryptic Americans ...

Killer Riffs: A Guide to Parody in Popular Music

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 19 October 2016

From the Residents' freakish Beatles sendups, to Spinal Tap's meta-metal escapades, to the gastronomic goofs of "Weird Al", a chronicle of those who have turned ...

Q&A: Homer Flynn, spokesman for The Residents

Interview by Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk, 28 October 2017

A revealing face-to-face conversation with the man closest to the eyeball-headed musical outsiders ...

The Residents — American dreams turned to grotesque nightmares

Live Review by Luke Turner, The Guardian, 5 February 2019

The anonymous, long-serving denizens of the post-hippy underground are joined by Mother Teresa and John Wayne for a bizarre take on vaudeville ...

see also Snakefinger


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