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SnakefingerChewing Hides The Sound

Label:Ralph Records – SNK 7909
Vinyl, LP, Album, Yellow/Green Labels
Style:Experimental, Avantgarde


A1The Model
Written-BySchult*, Bartos*, Hütter*
A2Kill The Great Raven3:05
A3Jesus Was A Leprechaun2:00
A4Here Comes The Bums
BassPhil Culp
A5The Vivian Girls2:59
A6Magic And Ecstasy
PercussionDon Jackovich
B1Who Is The Culprit And Who Is The Victim?2:59
B2What Wilbur?2:35
B3Picnic In The Jungle4:00
B4Friendly Warning2:39
B5I Love Mary2:33
B6The Vultures Of Bombay
Soprano SaxophoneSteven Brown

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Two variations for this release: one has bi-color yellow/green labels on disc (this one), and another one with completely green labels.

All songs published by Pale Pachyderm Publishing (BMI), except: "The Model" Kingklang Music (ASCAP), "Magic And Ecstasy" WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), and "I Love Mary" Public Domain.

© Ⓟ 1979 The Cryptic Corp.

'Manufactured by Ralph Records' on back cover, 'This record was manufactured by The Cryptic Corporation' on label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout): SNK-7909-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout): SNK-7909-B
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 15)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Chewing Hides The Sound (LP, Album)Virgin, Ralph RecordsV2140UK1979
Chewing Hides The Sound (LP, Album)CelluloidCEL 2-6556France1979
Chewing Hides The Sound (LP, Album, Green Labels)Ralph RecordsSNK 7909US1979
New Submission
Chewing Hides The Sound (LP, Album)Missing Link, Ralph RecordsLINK 16Australia1981
New Submission
Chewing Hides The Sound (LP, Album)RTC, Missing Link, Ralph RecordsRPH005New Zealand1981


brenoe's profile picture
The vinyl is super thin and not very silent. Love the music, though.
ph.courville's profile picture
Dans la brume des fins de soirées du Rat's club.....
Alaindexe's profile picture
Edited 5 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