VariousSubterranean Modern

Label:Ralph Records – SM7908
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Avantgarde, Experimental


A1Chrome (8)Anti-Fade
Written-ByEdge*, Creed*
A2Chrome (8)I Left My Heart In San Francisco0:27
A3Chrome (8)Meet You In The Subway
Written-ByEdge*, Creed*
A4MX-80 SoundLady In Pain
Written-ByAnderson*, Stim*
A5MX-80 SoundI Left My Heart In San Francisco1:52
A6MX-80 SoundPossessed
Written-ByAnderson*, Stim*
B1The ResidentsI Left My Heart In San Francisco2:02
B2The ResidentsDumbo, The Clown (Who Loved Christmas)
Guitar [Soloist]Fred Frith
Written-ByThe Residents
B3The ResidentsIs He Really Bringing Roses? (The Replacement)
Written-ByThe Residents
B4The ResidentsTime's Up
Guitar [Soloist]Fred Frith
Written-ByThe Residents
B5TuxedomoonI Left My Heart In San Francisco
Concept By [Treatment Concept]B. Reininger*
Performer [Execution]B. Reininger*, S. Brown*
B6TuxedomoonEverything You Want
GuitarM. Belfer*
Guitar, Percussion [Electronic Percussion]B. Reininger*
Vocals, KeyboardsS. Brown*
B7TuxedomoonWaterfront Seat
Bass GuitarP. Carcinogenic*
GuitarM. Belfer*
Percussion [Electronic Percussion], Keyboards [Polymoog]B. Reininger*
Soprano Saxophone [Soprano Sax], Saxophone [Trumpet Sax]S. Brown*

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Original release from 1979 which has green "Subterranean" writing on front cover (and red on back cover). Comes with 'Official Buy Or Die Innersleeve' (brown, blue or red version depending of the distribution year). Some copies with a round sticker on front cover. Purple labels. Edition of 25,000 copies.

Rozz Tox logo appears on the back sleeve.

"Subterranean Modern was Ralph Records' first album involving music from anyone other than The Residents or Snakefinger. The idea was to widen Ralph's appeal by bringing a greater variety of styles into the label. To this end Ralph had four band submit contributions on the theme of "San Francisco". Each was required to include a version of Tony Bennett's I Left My Heart In San Francisco. The four bands chosen were The Residents (of course), Chrome, Tuxedomoon, and MX-80 Sound..." (notes from The Residents website)

A1 to A3 - All titles published by Chrome Music (ASCAP), except In San Francisco/ Chrome licensed through Siren Records
A4 to A6 - Recorded at John Altmann Recording (SF)/ Mixed at House of Music (NY)/ All titles published by Emexco Music (BMI), except In San Francisco
B1 to B4 - All titles published by Pale Pachyderm Publishing (BMI), except In San Francisco
B5 to B7 - All titles published by Angst Music (BMI), except In San Francisco
I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Cross-Cory) published by General Music Publishing Co., Inc (ASCAP)

Titles A2, A5, B1 and B5 appear on the labels as "In San Francisco".

[Rear sleeve]
©1979, The Cryptic Corporation/Manufactured by Ralph Records/SM7908

Side A: © ℗1979 The Cryptic Corp. SM7908-DOZ
Side B: © ℗1979 The Cryptic Corp. SM7908-12
Sides A & B, rim text: ... manufactured by the Cryptic Corporation.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand-etched runout): SM-7908 - DOZ [ALSHIRE stamp]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand-etched runout): SM-7908-12 [ALSHIRE stamp]
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): SM7908-DOZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): SM7908-12
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Subterranean Modern (LP, Album, Compilation, Test Pressing)Ralph RecordsSM 7908US1979
Recently Edited
Subterranean Modern (LP, Album, Compilation, Repress)Ralph RecordsSM7908US1980
Subterranean Modern (LP, Album, Compilation, Limited Edition, Reissue)Ralph RecordsSM7908US1983
New Submission
Subterranean Modern (CD, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered)Klanggaleriegg400Austria2022



  • Don_Gallacher.'s avatar
    One of those records that you can look back and say were pivotal in your musical development...found it as a wide-eyed boy looking for something 'different'; remain a fan of all 4 bands to this day and even have Chrome and Residents tattoos.
    Thank you Ralph, for the introductions.
    • POVMusic's avatar
      I'd only heard of this today, god there's so much classic Residents/Ralph to hear and get into!!
      • cmonpelican's avatar
        I own this original 1979 version and mine also came with an insert for the W.E.I.R.D. official Residents Fan Club. $5 to join! Join or what it says.


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