Snakefinger ‎– Chewing Hides The Sound

Ralph Records ‎– SNK 7909
Vinyl, LP, Album, Yellow/Green Labels

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A1 The Model
Written-By – Schult*, Bartos*, Hütter*
A2 Kill The Great Raven 3:05
A3 Jesus Was A Leprechaun 2:00
A4 Here Comes The Bums
Bass – Phil Culp
A5 The Vivian Girls 2:59
A6 Magic And Ecstasy
Percussion – Don JackovichWritten-By – Morricone*
B1 Who Is The Culprit And Who Is The Victim? 2:59
B2 What Wilbur? 2:35
B3 Picnic In The Jungle 4:00
B4 Friendly Warning 2:39
B5 I Love Mary 2:33
B6 The Vultures Of Bombay
Soprano Saxophone – Steven Brown

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Two variations for this release: one has bi-color yellow/green labels on disc (this one), and another one with completely green labels.

Track B5 "I Love Mary": Public Domain.

(c)(p) 1979 The Cryptic Corp.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (runout A etched): SNK-7909-A
  • Matrix / Runout (runout B etched): SNK-7909-B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
gg220 Snakefinger Chewing Hides The Sound(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Klanggalerie gg220 Austria 2016 Sell This Version
RPH005 Snakefinger Chewing Hides The Sound(LP, Album) RTC, Ralph Records RPH005 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
529804 Snakefinger Chewing Hides The Sound(LP, Album) Ralph Records, Celluloid 529804 France 1981 Sell This Version
ESD 81392 Snakefinger Chewing Hides The Sound(CD, Album, RE, RM) East Side Digital ESD 81392 US 1999 Sell This Version
VG 40008 Snakefinger Chewing Hides The Sound(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Torso VG 40008 Greece 1987 Sell This Version



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October 8, 2016
edited 11 months ago
Snakefinger, whose real name is John Philip Lithman, was a British guitar player who lived with the Residents at the end of the 1960’s. After that, he has collaborated to many of their albums and he also went on tour with them, including the one in 1986 that I witnessed in Montreal. I had the opportunity to interview him at that time.

'Chewing Hides the Sound' came out on Ralph Records, the Residents’ label, and they were his backing band on the album. It starts with 'The Model', a Kraftwerk song. Snakefinger injects into it just enough weirdness to make one of the best covers of this classic. 'Kill the Great Raven' is a pop song transformed into an underground anthem. In fact, the entire album is interesting. The ambiance of the Residents is there, but in a startling pop format. Songs follow each other and before we know it, we are transfixed by the strange atmosphere and the particular melodies. 'Here comes the bums' is an almost surrealist song that brings out Snakefinger’s voice and guitar. 'Magic and Ecstasy' is an instrumental piece with bits of weird asian music. 'Picnic in the Jungle' is a slightly bizarre catchy tune. This collaboration between Snakefinger and the Residents is fruitful. Expert in the pop format, Snakefinger brings a structure to the music and the Residents complete it with impeccable production and original arrangements that give the album an almost surrealist dimension. It’s catchy but one cannot entirely dive in because of the omnipresent bizarreness. 'I love Mary' is another instrumental piece with ethnic flavor which has a superb melody played on the xylophone. It’s like if we suddenly find ourself at the other side of the world, in a Bombay neighborhood. Snakefinger has produced two other excellent albums on Ralph Records : 'Greener Postures' and 'Manual of Error'.

© Alain Cliche 2016