The Residents ‎– Duck Stab!

Mute ‎– LCDSTUMM295, Mute ‎– 5099952191206, Mute ‎– MUT 69389
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Packaged in a CD-sized hardcover book that includes a 32-page booklet.
Additional photos in this package are from the same photo session shot in 1979.

From the liner notes:
“"Duck Stab", the fifth LP release by the Residents, began its life as a seven-song EP. The record became a hit and was soon united with a second EP, "Buster & Glenn", to form the two-sided LP "Duck Stab/Buster & Glenn". When the CD era began in 1980s, the album was released again, but this time the unwieldy title of the LP was shortened to the more memorable "Duck Stab!". All of the tracks from both EPs are contained on this disc.”

[On back cover:]
℗ & © Cryptic Corporation under exclusive license to Mute Records Limited
Printed in the EU
Made in Holland (sticker)
US UPC and catalogue number are printed on a removable sticker that is affixed over the international UPC.

[On CD:]
℗ & © 2008 Mute Records Limited under exclusive license from Cryptic Corporation
Made in the EU

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (EU, scanned): 5099952191206
  • Barcode (US, sticker, string): 724596938928
  • Barcode (US, sticker, text): 7 24596 93892 8
  • Matrix / Runout: WWW.MEDIAMOTION.COM 5219120 @1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LW03
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI AAHY7
  • Rights Society: SDRM Biem
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Label Code: LC05834

Other Versions (5 of 28) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RR0278 The Residents Duck Stab / Buster & Glen(LP, Album, Gre) Ralph Records RR0278 US 1978 Sell This Version
CD 007, CD 008 The Residents Duck Stab / Buster & Glen(2xCD, Mini, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Euro Ralph, Euro Ralph CD 007, CD 008 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
LP 035 The Residents Duck Stab(LP, Album, RE, TP, W/Lbl) Euro Ralph LP 035 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
RR0278 The Residents Duck Stab / Buster & Glen(LP, Album, RE, RP, Yel) Ralph Records RR0278 US 1985 Sell This Version
TORSO CD 406 The Residents Duck Stab(CD, Album, RE, PDO) Torso TORSO CD 406 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version


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July 25, 2008
One of my favorite works by our friends the eyeballs. Snakefinger really pulled out the stops on this one and the Residents have given it their all. I'll do the review track by track...
Constantinople: This is the song that got me into the album. It was so catchy and so strange. This was when I was a new fan, just barely Meeting the Residents myself. The lyrics were so weird and the keyboard was so spastic and wacky. Snakefinger had his part too, with the guitar helping out big time.
Sinister Exaggerator: It was the hypnotic violins that drew me into this song. The lyrics are also pretty well written, despite how weird that they may sound.
The Booker Tease: The strong track of the Duck Stab songs. Snakefinger's guitar, the Resident's saxophone, the bass in the background, whatever that thing is... This song says it all, really, and with absolutely no words to boot.
Blue Rosebuds: Face it. We've all had that problem. The fear of asking somebody out and getting rejected. This song captures it all perfectly. A warning, though: If you've been shot down by somebody you asked out recently, you might wanna skip this track.
The Laughing Song: Aptly named because its chorus consists entirely of laughter, this is basically a Residents twist on the old songs you used to hear at saloons. It fits perfectly, even down to the random lyrics and the incessant laughter, as though somebody was mercilessly tickling the man who would later become Mr. RedEye (and even later Mr. Skull).
Bach is Dead:The weak track of the Duck Stab half. It's not solemn enough to be a ballad, but it's not uppity enough to be alternative pop. It's bearable, but it gets a little annoying after a while.
Elvis And His Boss: A Residential take on the other King. Snakefinger's guitar, the xylophone(!), the bizzarro effects round out the Duck Stab Half of the album nicely.
Lizard Lady: The song is all over the place, with the keyboards in one place, the bass in another, and the rapid-fire lyrics in another. Nice and chaotic. Just the way we like it.
Semolina: The strong track of the Buster & Glen half of the album. A beautifully written track. The lyrics are perfectly written, and the instruments paint a beautiful picture in your head.
Birthday Boy: The weak track of this half of the album. It just seems a little half-hearted to me.
Weight-Lifting Lulu: A neat take on the kind of stuff Motown Records puts out. The guitars are up to the right pace, well accompanied by the bass, and the vocals capture the scenario perfectly.
Krafty Cheese: What better a song to exercise to than this? I can picture a large club stretching to the music.
The Electrocutioner: What a way to round this album off. This song shows you the two sides of one person. It shifts seamlessly from an evil track to a solemn one. There is a certain effect (You'll hear it, and then you'll wonder too) That I wonder how they pulled off in the late 70's. We've got Ruby's guest vocals, snakefinger at his best, then a weird noise, then a pipe organ playing a funeral tune, then everyone joins along. All in all, it kicks can.
Simply put, if you buy only one album by the Residents, make it this one!