The Residents

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An American art collective best known for Avant-Garde music and multimedia works.

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Since their first official release, Meet the Residents (1974), the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films.

Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, the Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects. Ralph Records, a record label focusing on avant-garde music, was started by the band.

Throughout the group's existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. Much outside speculation and rumor has focused on this aspect of the group. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos—a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography.

Its albums generally fall into two categories: deconstructions of Western popular music; and complex conceptual pieces, composed around a theme, theory or plot. The group is noted for surrealistic lyrics and sound, disregard for conventional music composition, and the over-the-top theatrical spectacle of their live performances.

Discography

Albums List

  1. Meet The Residents – 1974
  2. The Third Reich 'n Roll – 1976
  3. Fingerprince – 1977
  4. Not Available – 1978
  5. Duck Stab/Buster & Glen – 1978
  6. Eskimo – 1979
  7. Commercial Album – 1980
  8. Mark of the Mole – 1981
  9. The Tunes of Two Cities – 1982
  10. Title in Limbo with Renaldo and the Loaf – 1983
  11. George & James – 1984
  12. Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? – 1984
  13. Census Taker – 1985
  14. The Big Bubble: Part Four of the Mole Trilogy – 1985
  15. Stars & Hank Forever: The American Composers Series – 1986
  16. God in Three Persons – 1988
  17. The King & Eye – 1989
  18. Freak Show – 1990
  19. Our Finest Flowers – 1992
  20. Gingerbread Man – 1994
  21. Hunters – 1995
  22. Have a Bad Day – 1996
  23. Wormwood: Curious Stories from the Bible – 1998
  24. Roosevelt 2.0 – 2000
  25. Roadworms: The Berlin Sessions – 2000
  26. Icky Flix – 2001
  27. Demons Dance Alone – 2002
  28. WB: RMX – 2003
  29. 12 Days of Brumalia – 2004
  30. I Murdered Mommy – 2004
  31. Animal Lover – 2005
  32. The River of Crime (Episodes 1–5) – 2006
  33. Tweedles – 2006
  34. Night of the Hunters – 2007
  35. The Voice of Midnight – 2007
  36. Smell My Picture – 2008
  37. The Bunny Boy – 2008
  38. Postcards from Patmos – 2008
  39. Hades – 2009
  40. The Ughs! – 2009
  41. Arkansas – 2009
  42. Ozan – 2010
  43. Strange Culture/Haeckel's Tale – 2010
  44. Dollar General – 2010
  45. Chuck's Ghost Music – 2011
  46. Lonely Teenager – 2011
  47. Coochie Brake – 2012
  48. Mush-Room - 2013
  49. The Ghost of Hope – 2017

Compilations

  1. The Residents Radio Special – 1979
  2. Please Do Not Steal It! – 1979
  3. Nibbles – 1979
  4. Residue of the Residents – 1983
  5. Ralph Before '84: Volume 1, The Residents – 1984
  6. Assorted Secrets – 1984
  7. Memorial Hits – 1985
  8. The Pal TV LP – 1985
  9. Heaven? – 1986
  10. Hell! – 1986
  11. Stranger Than Supper – 1990
  12. Liver Music – 1990
  13. Daydream B-Liver – 1991
  14. Poor Kaw-Liga's Pain – 1994
  15. Louisiana's Lick – 1995
  16. Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses – 1997
  17. Residue Deux – 1998
  18. 25 Years of Eyeball Excellence – 1998
  19. Land of Mystery – 1999
  20. Refused – 1999
  21. Dot.Com – 2000
  22. Diskomo 2000 – 2000
  23. Petting Zoo – 2002
  24. Eat Exuding Oinks – 2002
  25. Best Left Unspoken...Vol. 1 – 2006
  26. Best Left Unspoken...Vol. 2 – 2006
  27. Best Left Unspoken...Vol. 3 – 2007
  28. Ten Little Piggies – 2009
  29. Chicken Scratching with The Residents – 2010
  30. Ozark – 2011
  31. ERA B4-74 – 2012
  32. The Residents Present The Delta Nudes Greatest Hiss - 2013
  33. 80 Aching Orphans - 2017

Live Albums List

  1. The Mole Show Live at the Roxy – 1983
  2. The 13th Anniversary Show Live in the U.S.A. – 1986
  3. 13th Anniversary Show: Live in Japan – 1986
  4. The Thirteenth Anniversary Show – 1987
  5. The Mole Show Live in Holland – 1989
  6. Cube E: Live in Holland – 1990
  7. Live at the Fillmore – 1998
  8. Wormwood Live – 1999
  9. Kettles of Fish on the Outskirts of Town – 2002
  10. The Way We Were (live CD/DVD) – 2005
  11. Cube E Box Set – 2006
  12. Talking Light Rehearsal – 2010
  13. Talking Light – 2010–11 (recordings of most shows from the Talking Light tours, available as downloads)
  14. Demonic: Demons Dance Alone Live in Oslo – 2012
  15. The Wonder of Weird – 2014
  16. Marching to the See! – 2014 (a selection of songs from The Wonder of Weird)
  17. Shadowland – 2015

Singles and EPs List

  1. Santa Dog – 1972
  2. Satisfaction – 1976
  3. The Beatles Play the Residents and the Residents Play the Beatles – 1977
  4. Duck Stab! - 1978
  5. Santa Dog '78 – 1978
  6. Babyfingers – 1979
  7. Diskomo – 1980
  8. The Commercial Single – 1980
  9. Intermission: Extraneous Music from the Residents' Mole Show – 1983
  10. Safety is the Cootie Wootie – 1984
  11. It's a Man's Man's Man's World – 1984
  12. Kaw-Liga – 1986
  13. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers – 1986
  14. It's a Man's Man's Man's World (Australia) – 1986
  15. Hit the Road Jack – 1987
  16. For Elsie – 1987
  17. Snakey Wake – 1987
  18. Buckaroo Blues – 1988
  19. Santa Dog 88 – 1988
  20. Double Shot – 1988
  21. Holy Kiss of Flesh – 1988
  22. From the Plains to Mexico – 1989
  23. Don't Be Cruel – 1989
  24. Blowoff – 1992
  25. Santa Dog '92 – 1992
  26. Prelude to "The Teds" – 1993
  27. Pollex Christi – 1997
  28. I Hate Heaven – 1998
  29. In Between Screams – 1999
  30. High Horses – 2001
  31. The Sandman Waits – 2007
  32. Anganok – 2009
  33. GBM(i) – 2011
  34. RZ VF – 2011
  35. Santa Dog 2012 – 2012
  36. Rushing Like a Banshee – 2016

Multimedia Projects

  1. Vileness Fats (unfinished film project) – 1972–1976
  2. The Mole Show/Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? (VHS) –1984
  3. Freak Show (CD-ROM) – 1991
  4. The Eyes Scream: A History of the Residents (VHS) (with host Penn Jillette) – 1991
  5. Twenty Twisted Questions (Laserdisc) – 1992
  6. Gingerbread Man (CD-ROM) – 1994
  7. Bad Day on the Midway (CD-ROM) – 1995
  8. Icky Flix (DVD) – 2001
  9. Eskimo (DVD) – 2002
  10. Disfigured Night DVD (DVD) – 2002
  11. Live! On The Outskirts (DVD) – 2002
  12. Demons Dance Alone (DVD) – 2003
  13. The Commercial DVD (DVD) – 2004
  14. Wormwood: Curious Stories from the Bible (DVD) – 2005
  15. The Way We Were (CD/DVD) – 2005
  16. Cube E Box (CD/DVD) – 2006
  17. The River of Crime (podcast) – 2006
  18. Timmy (Internet video series) – 2006
  19. The Bunny Boy (Internet video series) – 2008
  20. Icky Flix Live (DVD) – 2009
  21. The Mole Show (Kabuki) (CD/DVD) – 2009
  22. Is Anybody Out There? (DVD) – 2009
  23. Randy's Ghost Stories (DVD) – 2010
  24. Talking Light 3D DVD/Comic (Blu-ray) – 2011
  25. Bimbo's Talking Light DVD (DVD) – 2011

External Links

www.residents.com