The Residents

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"Four interior decorators of the apocalypse"

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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The Residents - Demonic! The Residents Live In Oslo! album art The Residents Demonic! The Residents Live In Oslo! Cryptic Corporation US 2012 Sell This Version
none The Residents - Night Train To Nowhere! album art The Residents Night Train To Nowhere!(CD, Ltd) Not On Label (The Residents Self-released) none US 2012 Sell This Version
RZ 1209 The Residents - D*ck S*ab 35th Anniversary album art Th* R*sidents* D*ck S*ab 35th Anniversary(CDr) Cryptic Corporation RZ 1209 US 2012 Sell This Version
The Residents - Mush-Room  album art The Residents Mush-Room (Album) Cryptic Corporation US 2013 Sell This Version
The Residents - The 13th Anniversary Show - Cleveland album art The Residents Featuring Snakefinger The Residents Featuring Snakefinger - The 13th Anniversary Show - Cleveland Not On Label (The Residents Self-released) 2014
The Residents - The Wonder Of Weird  album art The Residents The Wonder Of Weird (Album) Ralph Records US 2014 Sell This Version
none The Residents - Theory Of Obscurity Soundtrack album art The Residents Theory Of Obscurity Soundtrack(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (The Residents Self-released) none 2014
The Residents - Shadowland album art The Residents Shadowland (Album) MVD Audio US 2015 Sell This Version
The Residents - The Ghost Of Hope album art The Residents The Ghost Of Hope (Album) MVD Audio, Cherry Red Germany 2017 Sell This Version
The Residents - Intruders album art The Residents Intruders (Album) MVD Audio Germany 2018 Sell This Version
The Residents - I Am A Resident! album art The Residents I Am A Resident! (Album) MVD Audio US 2018 Sell This Version
The Residents - The W***** B*** Album album art The Residents The W***** B*** Album (Album) New Ralph Too, Cherry Red, MVD Audio UK, Europe & US 2018 Sell This Version
The Residents - B.S. album art The Residents B.S. (Album) MVD Audio, Cherry Red, New Ralph Too USA & Europe 2019 Sell This Version
The Residents - In Between Dreams Live album art The Residents In Between Dreams Live (Album) Secret Records (9) US 2019 Sell This Version
The Residents - Dreaming Of An Eyeball Beaming album art The Residents Dreaming Of An Eyeball Beaming Secret Records (9) US 2019 Sell This Version
NRTLP008D The Residents - Eskimo Deconstructed album art The Residents Eskimo Deconstructed(2xLP, Album + CD) New Ralph Too, Cherry Red, MVD Audio NRTLP008D UK, Europe & US 2019 Sell This Version
none The Residents - Music To Eat Bricks By album art The Residents Music To Eat Bricks By(CDr, Album) Cryptic Corporation none US 2019 Sell This Version
d'or037 The Residents - The Healer And The Archer album art The Residents The Healer And The Archer(LP, S/Sided, Num) Astres d'Or d'or037 Netherlands 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Residents - Santa Dog album art Residents, Uninc.* Santa Dog Ralph Records US 1972 Sell This Version
The Residents - Meet The Residents album art The Residents Meet The Residents Ralph Records, File Magazine US 1974 Sell This Version
The Residents - Satisfaction album art The Residents Satisfaction (Single) Ralph Records US 1976 Sell This Version
RR0577 The Residents - The Beatles Play The Residents And The Residents Play The Beatles album art The Residents The Beatles Play The Residents And The Residents Play The Beatles(7", Single, Ltd, Num) Ralph Records RR0577 US 1977 Sell This Version
The Residents - Duck Stab album art The Residents Duck Stab (EP) Ralph Records US 1978 Sell This Version
RR7812 The Residents - Santa Dog '78 album art The Residents Santa Dog '78(7", Single) Ralph Records RR7812 US 1978 Sell This Version
The Residents - Babyfingers album art The Residents Babyfingers (EP) Ralph Records US 1979 Sell This Version

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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!
lcdsoundsystem

lcdsoundsystem

May 2, 2019
Question : is Randy original member from (since?) 1974? a
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.
Citizen_Pariah

Citizen_Pariah

October 1, 2016
It's a scientific fact music reached perfection in 1974. Maybe in another millennium or two lightening will strike again.
iggi_unpop

iggi_unpop

June 14, 2016
The Residents are simply the greatest band of all times!
JorgAusfelt

JorgAusfelt

October 7, 2013
It's strange that people still think they're a foursome - or that they ever were - when the setup actually always shifted, AND you can see them "in the flesh" on YouTube snippets...

I also used to believe that when I started listening to them in 1980, AND I thought two of the guys left in the early 80s since it was obvious they used dancing women in tuxedo and eyeball on their 13th anniversary show. I saw both this one AND their previous The Mole Show (with Penn Jilette) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

After a great Black Barry/The King and Eye Show in Sweden, I kinda lost interest in them after all the Wormwood/Woodworm records, and having seen a boring Wormwood show at Roskilde Festival (also Denmark) with that (only?) original guy screaming most of the time, but I still enjoyed the DVDs and the CD collections with odd material they continued to pour out.

Since four or five years, I've regained interest in them and bought most of the stuff I missed out on. But that 40th ann. show recently seems almost as boring as the Wormwood show (again, YouTube...), so I really didn't know what to think about the future...when I stumbled upon the excellent 'Coochie Brake' last spring, their best in quite a few years! Also, I really liked the 'Demons Dance Alone 2002-2012 - Live in Oslo' double CD, so now I'm eagerly awaiting their forthcoming 'Mush-Room', due for release in four weeks. I've heard soundbites on Amazon, and it appears promising, being an instrumental recording for a Belgian dance/theatre performance. It's slightly reminiscing of their 1995 'Hunters' CD.

Residents for presidents!

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