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Shreveport LA, United States (1969 – present)

The Residents are an experimental music and group largely shrouded in mystery and myth. The Residents began recording in 1969, although many of these recordings from their early years have still gone unreleased to this day. The earliest material from The Residents, traded among bootlegs, was recorded in 1971. The Residents’ first official release, Santa Dog, was released in 1972.

Allmusic had this to say about the Residents: “Over the course of a recording career spanning several decades, the Residents remained a riddle of Sphinx-like proportions; cloaking their lives and music in a haze of willful obscurity, the band’s members never identified themselves by name, always appearing in public in disguise — usually tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks — and refusing to grant media interviews. Drawing inspiration from the likes of fellow innovators including Harry Partch, Sun Ra, and Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, the Residents channelled the breadth of American music into their idiosyncratic, satiric vision, their mercurial blend of electronics, distortion, avant-jazz, classical symphonies and gratingly nasal vocals reinterpreting everyone from John Philip Sousa to James Brown while simultaneously expanding the boundaries of theatrical performance and multimedia interaction.


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  • diab0licalminds

    Reviewed Duck Stab! on The Kockpit:

    13 Aug 10:45pm Reply
  • Herr_Apathy

    Nobody but me...действительно группа, которая имеет свою изюминку.

    3 Aug 2:08am Reply
  • drochlen

    А еще у них прикольные маски.

    29 Jul 9:21am Reply
  • drochlen

    Очень крутые ребята, до сих пор не потеряли сноровку и не скатились. Такое ощущение, что мне никогда не надоест их слушать.

    29 Jul 9:20am Reply
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    24 Jul 11:19am Reply
  • Ashbad

    @alicewondered Go chronologically, most of their stuff is concept-based and it's also imperative you read up on the concept behind each album before listening honestly if you want to get the full context. Start with Meet the Residents, then Not Available (they recorded it second but it wasn't released second), then Third Reich n' Roll and then just go chronological from there

    16 Jul 5:09am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    They release albums almost every year, so it's highly likely. I'm sure I read something earlier in the year about there being a new one in the works. Start with Meet the Residents or The Commercial Album.

    13 Jul 5:52pm Reply
  • alicewondered

    I am kinda confused with the band's discography, is there an album I should start with?

    12 Jul 11:28pm Reply
  • lost_in_last_fm

    Does anyone know if The Residents will release an album this year?

    8 Jul 3:57am Reply
  • mecchaumai

    This stuff crazy. Good. But crazy.

    3 Jul 10:57am Reply
  • polymorphous71

    No tags really work for the Residents; that's what makes them so special.

    14 Jun 11:04am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    The post-punk tag is just ridiculous. If punk had never happened would that mean the Residents by proxy never happened? Since they pre-date punk rock it would be like ripping a massiv gash in space-time continuum.

    12 Jun 5:57am Reply
  • Twin-Turbo

    Хуита какая-то.

    25 May 10:15am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    They're from Mars.

    22 May 10:46pm Reply
  • hel1ch

    Черт знает что такое, а не группа!

    22 May 12:55pm Reply
  • FirebearerDA

    Weird should be the main tag... after all they are the Wonder Of Weird!

    6 May 8:49pm Reply
  • FirebearerDA

    My favourite band. @Wondermoose I agree, the only tag I *usually* agree with is experimental and possibly electronic (?) for some of the later stuff..

    6 May 8:48pm Reply
  • Wondermoose

    I honestly don't really get the 'post punk' tag

    6 May 2:52pm Reply
  • China_Lake

    Неимоверно доставляет.

    4 May 3:05pm Reply
  • ketamineface

    gotta love that krafty cheese.

    17 Apr 3:32am Reply
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