The Residents

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US avant-garde group based in San Francisco.

The official inception of the Residents was the release of Meet The Residents in 1974, but members of the group had worked together since 1969 or perhaps earlier. The band is known for its wide range of named guest stars and collaborators, its multitude of concept albums, its ambitious multimedia, audiovisual, and stage projects, its highly reclusive nature (with all its public relations handled by The Cryptic Corporation), and the mystery surrounding much of its activities, from its history since 1972 to the identities of its members.

The band has consistently related that it took its name from a rejection letter that it had received from Warner Bros. Records. They sent the label an anonymous demo tape, the letter thus simply addressed them as "Residents."
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RR0274 The Residents - Meet The Residents album art The Residents Meet The Residents (Album, EP) Ralph Records RR0274 US 1974 Sell This Version
RR1075 The Residents - The Third Reich 'N' Roll album art The Residents The Third Reich 'N' Roll (Album) Ralph Records RR1075 US 1976 Sell This Version
none The Residents - The Residents Radio Special album art The Residents The Residents Radio Special (Comp) Cryptic Corporation none US 1977 Sell This Version
RR1276 The Residents - Fingerprince album art The Residents Fingerprince (Album) Ralph Records RR1276 US 1977 Sell This Version
RR1174 The Residents - Not Available album art The Residents Not Available (Album) Ralph Records RR1174 US 1978 Sell This Version
RR0278 The Residents - Duck Stab / Buster & Glen album art The Residents Duck Stab / Buster & Glen (Album) Ralph Records RR0278 US 1978 Sell This Version
ESK 7906 The Residents - Eskimo album art The Residents Eskimo (Album) Ralph Records ESK 7906 US 1979 Sell This Version
7144 081 The Residents - Commercial Album album art The Residents Commercial Album (Album) Ralph Records 7144 081 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
RZ-8152 The Residents - Mark Of The Mole album art The Residents Mark Of The Mole (Album) Ralph Records RZ-8152 US 1981 Sell This Version
RZ-8202, RZ 8202 The Residents - The Tunes Of Two Cities album art The Residents The Tunes Of Two Cities (Album) Ralph Records, Ralph Records RZ-8202, RZ 8202 US 1982 Sell This Version
001 The Residents - Mole Show album art The Residents Mole Show (Album) Ralph Records 001 US 1983 Sell This Version
RR 8351 The Residents - Title In Limbo album art The Residents & Renaldo And The Loaf* The Residents & Renaldo And The Loaf* - Title In Limbo (Album) Ralph Records RR 8351 US 1983 Sell This Version
RZ-8452 The Residents - Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? album art The Residents Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? (Album, Comp) Ralph Records RZ-8452 US 1984 Sell This Version
RZ-8402 The Residents - George & James (American Composer Series -  Volume 1) album art The Residents George & James (American Composer Series - Volume 1) (Album) Ralph Records RZ-8402 US 1984 Sell This Version
none The Residents - Assorted Secrets album art The Residents Assorted Secrets Ralph Records none US 1984 Sell This Version
ED21 The Residents - The Census Taker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art The Residents The Census Taker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Episode Records (2) ED21 US 1985 Sell This Version
RZ-8552 The Residents - The Big Bubble (Part Four Of The Mole Trilogy) album art The Residents The Big Bubble (Part Four Of The Mole Trilogy) (Album) Ralph Records RZ-8552 US 1985 Sell This Version
RZ-C182 The Residents - Live In The USA! 13th Anniversary Tour album art The Residents Featuring Snakefinger The Residents Featuring Snakefinger - Live In The USA! 13th Anniversary Tour (Album) Ralph Records RZ-C182 US 1986 Sell This Version
RZ-8602 The Residents - 13th Anniversary Show - Live In Japan album art The Residents Featuring Snakefinger The Residents Featuring Snakefinger - 13th Anniversary Show - Live In Japan (Album) Ralph Records RZ-8602 US 1986 Sell This Version
AIM 1013 C The Residents - Stars & Hank Forever! (The American Composer's Series - Volume II) album art The Residents Stars & Hank Forever! (The American Composer's Series - Volume II) (Album) Ralph Records AIM 1013 C Australia 1986 Sell This Version
TORSO CD 018 The Residents - 13th Anniversary Show - Live In Holland album art The Residents Featuring Snakefinger The Residents Featuring Snakefinger - 13th Anniversary Show - Live In Holland (Album) Torso TORSO CD 018 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
TORSO 33040 The Residents - Sister / Meet The Residents album art Sonic Youth / The Residents Sonic Youth / The Residents - Sister / Meet The Residents(LP, Album, MP, RP) Torso, Blast First TORSO 33040 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
UWEB 002 The Residents - The Snakey Wake album art The Residents The Snakey Wake (Album) UWEB, UWEB UWEB 002 US 1988 Sell This Version
RACS 0045 The Residents - God In Three Persons album art The Residents God In Three Persons (Album) Ryko Analogue RACS 0045 US 1988 Sell This Version
TORSO CD420 The Residents - Mole Show (Live In Holland June 6th 1983) album art The Residents Mole Show (Live In Holland June 6th 1983) (Album) Torso TORSO CD420 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version

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BootsyCrouton

BootsyCrouton

July 14, 2021
edited 5 months ago
One of the most perplexing, if musically limited, groups to achieve success. I quite enjoy their early work, but the flaws become pretty evident once they were reduced to a duo and bestowed the bounties of the digital age (MIDI recording and almost unlimited runtimes). Past the mid-'80s your enjoyment of the group tends to be based on whether a) you want to hear every MIDI note Hardy ever recorded (I don't), b) You are enchanted by Homer drawling the same two notes for hours on end (I'm not) or c) You find their concepts enthralling (pass). There's still quite good stuff there if you look hard enough, but if there's ever a band that needed an editor, it's this one.
JorgAusfelt

JorgAusfelt

May 24, 2021
edited 6 months ago
The rumours are true - The Residents will be hitting the road in the US and Europe throughout 2021 and 2022. Take a look at the dates, maybe they're coming to a town near you.... Maybe not....

USA 2021:
21.08. 2021: The Imperial, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
23.08. 2021: Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, Utah
24.08. 2021: Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado
26.08. 2021: The Cedar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
27.08. 2021: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, Illinois
28.08. 2021: The Shelter, Detroit, Michigan
30.08. 2021: Higher Ground, Burlington, Vermont
31.08. 2021: The Sinclair, Cambridge, Massachusetts
02.09. 2021: (le) poisson rouge, New York City, New York
03.09. 2021:The Foundry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
04.09. 2021: Ottobar, Baltimore, Maryland
05.09. 2021: Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, North Carolina
06.09. 2021: Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, Georgia
09.09. 2021: The Kessler, Dallas, Texas
10.09. 2021: The Heights, Houston, Texas
11.09. 2021: The Parish, Austin, Texas
14.09. 2021: 191 Toole, Tucson, Arizona
15.09. 2021: The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, California
18.09. 2021: The Rio Theater, Santa Cruz, California

https://www.residents.com/tourdates/

Europe 2022:
21.01.2022: NL - Amsterdam, Melkweg
22.01.2022: D - Essen, Zeche Carl
24.01.2022: D - Frankfurt, Mousonturm
25.01.2022: A - Wien, Flex
26.01.2022: CZ - Prague, Palac Akropolis
27.01.2022: PL - Wroclaw, Stary Klasztor
28.01.2022: PL - Gdansk, B 90
30.01.2022: D - Berlin, ColumbiaTheater
02.02.2022: DK - Copenhagen, Loppen (!!!)
03.02.2022: N -Oslo, Rockefeller
04.02.2022: N - Larvik, Bølgen
06.02.2022: B - Brussels, Botanique

https://www.bseliger.de/kuenstler/residents

08.02.2022: UK - London, Union Chapel
09.02.2022: UK - Bristol, St Georges
10.02.2022: UK - Newcastle, Boiler Shop
11.02.2022: IRL - Dublin, Button Factory
12.02.2022: UK - Leeds, Irish Centre
14.02.2022: FL - Helsinki, The Savoy Theatre

https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficialResidents/posts/342761030543998
JorgAusfelt

JorgAusfelt

May 23, 2021
edited 3 months ago
Below is a video of how the two ONLY original Residents, Hardy Fox (1945-2018) and Homer Flynn/Randy Rose, looked like in 1973-74. Homer Flynn III's daughter Jana Flynn (Jana is a popular name in Czechia, and Rez have been in Prag LOTS of times...), born 1980, has also appeared on 3 albums 1989-2004.
https://youtu.be/jWvRA1QjDLE

Here's another Super-8 movie from 18 Sycamore St. in S.F. 1976, where you can see Homer's bare ass...:
https://youtu.be/vonj9nVu4XE

One Bill Reinhardt shot the movies where you also can see Jay Clem and John Kennedy (25), who both were in the early incarnation of Rez, Delta Nudes.

Finally, here's a Dutch 2008 interview (in The Hague) with Hardy Fox: https://youtu.be/nDh70wqw1tk

For all Rez fans from a Swedish fan since The Residents - Eskimo was released in Sweden in 1980, and who's seen them five times 1983-2016 (and will see them again in Copenhagen, 2 Feb. 2022...).
VincentPresley

VincentPresley

August 8, 2020
As a long time fan and collector and now someone that gets to work with them on some reissues and whatnot I have to say I think the last three studio albums (Metal Meat & Bone, Intruders, and Ghost Of Hope) are the most solid run of albums they've had in a long time. MM&B has quickly became one of my top 5 Rez releases / projects. Yes, I love the early stuff too. My all time favorite albums are scattered from the 70's until now. Never overdoing one thing. Always moving on. If you try them out and hate what you hear, try a different decade. I find it hard to believe that someone wouldn't be able to find a Residents sound for them.
lisafrench300

lisafrench300

February 4, 2020
With new ones trained every day, The Residents will surely outlive us all.
DuckieDale

DuckieDale

August 28, 2019
Saw these guys in Manchester in February. A truly spectacular live performance that I am very glad to have witnessed. I hope that they will come to the UK again one day and I can go see them again!
Fersatulo

Fersatulo

March 26, 2019
My favourite band since I was a lil kid. They are amazing live.
bubcentral

bubcentral

September 26, 2018
I kind of get the impression that The Residents could only have existed because of lsd and the hippy days of the late 1960s. They sound like a bunch of conceptual artists turned musicians with very warped minds. Not that I'm complaining, my tastes are very eclectic and they are certainly something.
I do find that not all of the bands output is great, my first stab at the band was a dvd compilation that was ok but had far too many cover versions and not that good ones on it.

I guess if I had to sum up the band to newcomers I would say they were a much weirder version of Devo that verges on a strange variant of jazz rock. I think there's hardly any UK bands that come close to their conceptual odd music but that's great because original bands are hard to find.

I like the new Meet The Residents CD but something tells me it's a sign of a band running out of ideas if they need to ask fans to contribute towards their new lp. But then it does sound good so what the hell.
LiamDavies

LiamDavies

January 19, 2018
any residents fans that don't know yet, cherry red records in the uk are doing an extensive re-issue of their entire back catalogue including rare, unheard material all releases 2 discs, including live performances from the era the albums were released. so far meet the residents and swastikas on parade have been released, and duck stab and fingerprince are now available for pre-order. as i'm listening to the meet the residents cd that came today, the sound quality is fantastic as are the extras . all the remasters are from the original tapes and the booklets are fantastic. finally getting the re-release they deserve !!! also 80 aching orphans the compilation is from the same label. a fantastic 4 cd box set !
nagyphilip

nagyphilip

November 20, 2016
One of the most creative bands in the history of music. Certainly one of the greatest of all time. Their 1970's albums especially were always good to great.

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