The ResidentsDuck Stab / Buster & Glen

Label:Ralph Records – RR0278
Vinyl, LP, Album, Green Box On Cover
Style:Leftfield, Experimental


Duck Stab
A2Sinister Exaggerator
Composed BySnakefinger, The Residents
A3The Booker Tease
A4Blue Rosebuds
A5Laughing Song
A6Bach Is Dead
A7Elvis And His Boss
Buster & Glen
B1Lizard Lady
B3Birthday Boy
B4Weight-Lifting Lulu
B5Krafty Cheese
B6Hello Skinny
B7The Electrocutioner
Vocals [Guest Vocalist]Ruby (8)

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First pressing of 10,000 copies. The strong cardboard cover differs from the later version in that the boxes with tracklisting on the 'Duck Stab' side cover are green rather than yellow.

The seven songs on the Duck Stab side of this LP were previously released as an EP: Duck Stab (Ralph Records, 1978 - RR1177).

© ℗ 1978, The Cryptic Corp.

Some copies include an insert sheet (approximately 14x21 cm / 5.5x8.3 inch) featuring a form to request membership of W.E.I.R.D. - The Residents official fan club - linked with a riddle to guess what 'W.E.I.R.D.' stands for. ℗ 1978 The Cryptic Corp. [ROFC/1078].

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched/stamped runout): RR0278-S/F-Re-1 ALSHIRE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched/stamped runout): RR0278-RUB ALSHIRE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, label): RR0278-s/f RE-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, label): RR0278-RUB
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 37)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Duck Stab / Buster & Glen (LP, Album, Repress, Yellow Box On Cover, Alshire Pressing)Ralph RecordsRR0278US1978
Duck Stab / Buster & Glen (LP, Album, Repress, Test Pressing)Ralph RecordsRR0278US1980
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Duck Stab / Buster & Glen (LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, Yellow Box On Cover, Rainbo Pressing)Ralph RecordsRR0278US1985
Duck Stab (LP, Album, Reissue)Torso, TorsoTorso 40006, 40006Netherlands1987
Duck Stab (CD, Album, Reissue, 2nd Pressing)East Side DigitalESD 80052US1987


  • recrecshop's avatar
    ...this group changed alot in my life between 1978-83. specially with "duck
    stab/buster & glen" (78) and "commercial album" (80), but i chose the
    outrageous debut from 1974 with the legendary beatles gimmick-cover. to
    illustrate their creative potential of that peculiar era...
    • pedero's avatar
      Looking to buy a cover only. Contact me if you have one to sell.
      • mega_2122's avatar
        Odd question, but does anyone here know why Duck Stab had its track listing switched around on this release as opposed to the 7in?
        • Alaindexe's avatar
          Edited 6 years ago
          The Residents is one of the strangest bands in the history of music. Rejecting all forms of convention, these self-taught musicians have produced a astounding quantity of weird music, startling videos and parallel projects. Their creative universe deserves at least one entire book.

          'Duck Stab' is one of the most accessible of their repertory. It actually encompass two projects. Side A combines the 'Duck Stab' songs and side B the songs from 'Busten & Glen', which explain the double cover (vinyl edition). This album has the musical language of the Residents, but its subtle dosage makes it easier to tame. The arrangements are audacious and grotesque at the same time and the balance between the two is brilliant. Some discreet interventions of the synthesizer add to its bizzarro aspect. The treatment of the voices is neat and, even if it’s always the same guy who addresses to us, it’s impossible to have a feeling of proximity because of the vocal treatment makes us feel like a stranger. Many dadaesque staged parts free the pieces from the pop music shackels and bring them closer to theater. Duck Stab is a last ditch effort toward the pop format, but it transgresses most of the pop rules.

          The Residents have produced an avalanche of experimental music. Among their success are 'Meet the Residents', 'Third Reich and Roll', 'Not Available', 'Fingerprince', 'Eskimo', 'Commercial album' and 'Mark of the Mole'.

          © Alain Cliche 2016
          • Quinnjb's avatar
            My copy has the labels for side B "Buster & Glen" on both sides. Does anyone know if all copies of the first press are this way or do I have a misprint?



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