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SnakefingerChewing Hides The Sound

Tracklist

The Model3:39
Kill The Great Raven3:05
Jesus Was A Leprechaun2:00
Here Comes The Bums2:51
The Vivian Girls2:59
Magic And Ecstasy2:51
Who Is The Culprit And Who Is The Victim?2:59
What Wilbur?2:35
Picnic In The Jungle4:00
Friendly Warning2:39
I Love Mary2:33
The Vultures Of Bombay3:06

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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1979, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Virgin – V2140, Ralph Records – V2140UK1979UK1979
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1979, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Ralph Records – SNK 7909US1979US1979
    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1979, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Celluloid – CEL 2-6556France1979France1979
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1979, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Ralph Records – SNK 7909US1979US1979
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1981, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Missing Link – LINK 16, Ralph Records – LINK 16Australia1981Australia1981
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1981, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    RTC – RPH005, Missing Link – RPH005, Ralph Records – RPH005
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    New Zealand1981New Zealand1981
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1981, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Ralph Records – 529804, Celluloid – 529804France1981France1981
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1981, CassetteChewing Hides The Sound
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    Missing Link – LINC 16Australia1981Australia1981
    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1987, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Torso – TORSO 40008Netherlands1987Netherlands1987
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    Virgin – VG 40008, Torso – VG 40008Greece1987Greece1987
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1999-01-26, CDChewing Hides The Sound
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    Bomba Records (4) – BOM22091Japan1999Japan1999
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 1999, CDChewing Hides The Sound
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    East Side Digital – ESD 81392US1999US1999
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 2016-04-11, CDChewing Hides The Sound
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    Klanggalerie – gg220Austria2016Austria2016
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 2022, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Secret Records (9) – SR35US2022US2022
    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 2022-10-21, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Secret Records (9) – SR35US2022US2022
    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, 2022-10-21, VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Secret Records (9) – SR35US2022US2022
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, , CassetteChewing Hides The Sound
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    Celluloid – 729804, Vogue – 729804FranceFrance
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    Cover of Chewing Hides The Sound, , VinylChewing Hides The Sound
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    Ralph Records – 529804, Celluloid – 529804FranceFrance
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    Ralph Records – CEL 2 - 6556, Celluloid – CEL 2 - 6556FranceFrance
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    Reviews

    • mrbarr2000's avatar
      mrbarr2000
      Grab it if you can find it! This just kills. SNAKEFINGER.
      • recrecshop's avatar
        recrecshop
        ...its a mystery to me how british gentleman & san francisco based guitar
        maestro snakefinger (1949-87) could be forgotten so soon. all his 4 studio
        albums between 1979-87 are marvelous, this was his great debut album
        including a funny kraftwerk-version of "the model". for fans of zappa &
        nino rota & fred frith...
          • brenoe's avatar
            brenoe
            The vinyl is super thin and not very silent. Love the music, though.
            • ph.courville's avatar
              ph.courville
              Dans la brume des fins de soirées du Rat's club.....
              • Alaindexe's avatar
                Alaindexe
                Edited 6 years ago
                Snakefinger, whose real name is John Philip Lithman, was a British guitar player who lived with the Residents at the end of the 1960’s. After that, he has collaborated to many of their albums and he also went on tour with them, including the one in 1986 that I witnessed in Montreal. I had the opportunity to interview him at that time.

                'Chewing Hides the Sound' came out on Ralph Records, the Residents’ label, and they were his backing band on the album. It starts with 'The Model', a Kraftwerk song. Snakefinger injects into it just enough weirdness to make one of the best covers of this classic. 'Kill the Great Raven' is a pop song transformed into an underground anthem. In fact, the entire album is interesting. The ambiance of the Residents is there, but in a startling pop format. Songs follow each other and before we know it, we are transfixed by the strange atmosphere and the particular melodies. 'Here comes the bums' is an almost surrealist song that brings out Snakefinger’s voice and guitar. 'Magic and Ecstasy' is an instrumental piece with bits of weird asian music. 'Picnic in the Jungle' is a slightly bizarre catchy tune. This collaboration between Snakefinger and the Residents is fruitful. Expert in the pop format, Snakefinger brings a structure to the music and the Residents complete it with impeccable production and original arrangements that give the album an almost surrealist dimension. It’s catchy but one cannot entirely dive in because of the omnipresent bizarreness. 'I love Mary' is another instrumental piece with ethnic flavor which has a superb melody played on the xylophone. It’s like if we suddenly find ourself at the other side of the world, in a Bombay neighborhood. Snakefinger has produced two other excellent albums on Ralph Records : 'Greener Postures' and 'Manual of Error'.

                © Alain Cliche 2016

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