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SnakefingerPhilip Charles Lithman AKA Snakefinger 1949 - 1987

Label:
UWEB – UWEB 008
Format:
CD,
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Tracklist

1You're A Can Of Gasoline (I'm A Lighted Match)
Bass, VocalsBen Guy
DrumsJohn Ryan*
Guitar, VocalsSnakefinger
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Synthetics], VocalsEric Drew Feldman
2:38
2Artists In Bed
Bass, VocalsBen Guy
DrumsJohn Ryan*
Guitar, VocalsSnakefinger
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Synthetics], VocalsEric Drew Feldman
3:50
3This Is Not A Disco Song
BassBen Guy
DrumsJohn Ryan*
Guitar, VocalsMiguel Bertel, Snakefinger
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Synthetics], VocalsEric Drew Feldman
3:47
4Cry For The Fire (Excerpt)
Written-By, PerformerThe Residents
2:34
5It Hurts Me, Too
Baritone SaxophoneJoshua Ende*
DrumsJonny B. Ryan
GuitarMiguel Bertel
Guitar, VocalsSnakefinger
Tenor SaxophoneStephen Mackay*
Trumpet, Trombone, Tenor SaxophoneRichard Marriott
Written-ByElmore James
4:01
6Hidden Treasure
SaxophoneStephen Mackay*
Written-ByFeldman*, Snakefinger
3:50
7What Wilbur?
Bass, VocalsGeorge B. George
DrumsJohn Ryan*
Guitar, VocalsCarlos (220)
Vocals, Slide GuitarSnakefinger
Written-BySnakefinger, The Residents
3:06
8Death Collage
Written-BySnakefinger, The Residents
8:12
9Mary Ann3:57
10Wanderers Return2:42
11Hollywood Blues3:19
12Desert Island Woman
BassNick Lowe
GuitarMartin Stone
PianoBob Andrews
Vocals, Guitar, Steel GuitarPhilip 'Snakefinger' Lithman*
2:01
13Cantaten To Der Dying Prunen (Excerpt)
PerformerThe Residents
Piano, Vocals, ViolinSnakefinger
2:30
14There's No Justice In Life
Bass, VocalsBen Guy
DrumsJohn Ryan*
Guitar, VocalsSnakefinger
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Synthetics], VocalsEric Drew Feldman
4:34
15Climbing The Ladder
Bass, VocalsBen Guy
DrumsJohn Ryan*
Guitar, VocalsSnakefinger
Keyboards, Synthesizer [Synthetics], VocalsEric Drew Feldman
6:02
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Philip Charles Lithman AKA Snakefinger was a posthumous collection released by The Residents' fan club organization, Uncle Willie's Eyeball Buddies, or UWEB. It features unreleased tracks spanning Snakefinger's career from 1971 to 1987. The first, second, and last tracks are live performances of songs which were intended to be recorded on the next album ("We hope," Snakey quips to the audience). "Death Collage" is a track assembled by The Residents in tribute to their departed friend. To round out the compilation, some obscure b-sides are included as well as unreleased demos from the mid-1970's.

From release notes:

Track 1: recorded June 1987. Live at Berkeley Square, Berkeley, CA,
Track 2: recorded June 1987. Live at the DNA, San Francisco, CA,
Track 3: recorded September 1986. Out take from 'Night Of Desirable Objects',
Track 4: with The Residents, live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam,
Track 5: 1983, recorded live on The History Of The Blues tour. Not on the album,
Track 6: 1982, studio recording,
Track 7: recorded live in Melbourne, Australia, March 5, 1981,
Track 8: The Residents have created this studio event by smashing together bits of songs they wrote with Snakefinger,
Track 9: in April of 1978, he recorded the demo, playing all of the instruments himself to try to establish presence in the San Francisco music market,
Track 10: this demo was done for RCA in January of 1977. Band unknown,
Track 11: demo for Warner Bros. 1976. Band unknown,
Track 12: Chilli Willi And The Red Hot Peppers, 1972. This is the B-side for an unreleased single taken from the test pressing (Desert Island Woman is listed as "Unknown"),
Track 13: 1971,
Track 14: the encore from Snakefinger's final San Francisco show, June 23, 1987, Berkeley Square,
Track 15: the final song before he left on the final tour, San Francisco show, June 23, 1987, Berkeley Square.

(c)(p) 1992, The Cryptic Corporation
Printed in Canada

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  • Matrix / Runout: SNAKE DISC MFG., INC. (A) W.O.# 21485-1

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