Spacehog ‎– Resident Alien

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
61834-2 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album) Sire, Hi Fi Recordings 61834-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
CD 61834 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album) Sire CD 61834 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
7559-61834-2 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album) Sire 7559-61834-2 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7559-61834-2 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album) Sire 7559-61834-2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
EKCD 6243 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album) Elektra EKCD 6243 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
WPCR-559 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album) Sire WPCR-559 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
61834-2 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album, Club) Sire 61834-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
E2-61834 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album, Club) Elektra E2-61834 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
96 18344 Spacehog Resident Alien(Cass, Album) Sire 96 18344 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
61834-4 Spacehog Resident Alien(Cass, Album) Sire, Hi Fi Recordings 61834-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
E4-61834 Spacehog Resident Alien(Cass, Album) Sire E4-61834 Indonesia 1995 Sell This Version
61834-4 Spacehog Resident Alien(Cass, Album, Club) Sire 61834-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
E4 61834 Spacehog Resident Alien(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Sire E4 61834 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
61834-4 Spacehog Resident Alien(Cass, Album, Promo) Sire 61834-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
PROP99 / 7559-61834-2 Spacehog Resident Alien(CD, Album, Promo) Sire PROP99 / 7559-61834-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
none Spacehog Resident Alien(13xFile, AAC, Album, RE, 256) Elektra none 2005

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Lucas220

Lucas220

March 7, 2017
referencing Resident Alien, CD, Album, Club, E2-61834
Someone give this the vinyl treatment, pretty please. [ten words]
pyenapple

pyenapple

April 15, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Resident Alien, CD, Album, 61834-2

Fantastic debut album from the Langdon brothers (Ray and Anthony), Richard Steel, and Jonny Cragg (ex-drummer of UK indie psych group Hollow Men). Ray and Anthony traded lead vocal duties, with backing vocals from Richard and Jonny: Ray's vocals tend to be much more elastic, indiosyncratic, and emanate both a strong personality and a savvy grasp of the requisite glam style. The instrumentation is tight and energetic from the first second to the final one. There's a great deal of bombast and crashing emphasis where needed, as befits the melodrama of glam rock and roll. Oh, and the solos are surprisingly good, though the group was relatively young at the time. The album had one huge hit single ("In The Meantime") and a good half dozen other incredibly strong, impeccably performed and recorded songs ("Starside", "Cruel To Be Kind", "Ship Wrecked", "Only A Few", "The Last Dictator", "Zeroes"). These were a shockingly clever pastiche of David Bowie, T. Rex, Queen, The Sweet, AC/DC; glam, power pop, punk, a touch of prog here and there. However, there were a few other songs that weren't as strong and also highlighted the group's more juvenile side, which, while lovable, didn't really lend the album the weight it deserved. "Resident Alien" was largely unfairly ignored by rock critics and fans, other than its one brilliant debut single. "In The Meantime", while amazing, did them no favors as an introduction to the record-buying world: it presented them as very serious, when the group had an abiding fondness for the whimsical/juvenile, as well. The listener can't always tell whether or not it's tongue in cheek. Are they serious about dressing up sonically as Bowie, or is this a joke? Ray's voice, while fantastic, can occasionally sound a bit like he's putting us on. Follow-up singles "Candyman", "Cruel To Be Kind" (charmingly funny video for this one plays up their more '80s glam-metal side), and "Space Is The Place" (presented in video as a live version) failed to support the album notably, and the group would reconnoiter to write the partly concept-driven second album "The Chinese Album". Perhaps someday these albums will get the acclaim they deserve upon reassessment.