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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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  • KidCompost

    Taylor Swift would love this band <3

    Yesterday 10:45pm Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    >Third Reich n Roll is their best followed by Duck Stab (1) can't agree more

    21 May 10:54pm Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Third Reich n Roll is their best followed by Duck Stab

    17 May 4:03pm Reply
  • Aubrieeee

    Aleister Crowley purs eternally to this.

    17 May 3:50pm Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    Let's all thank them for making awesome music and keep in your mind that Les Claypool was very inspired by them.

    1 May 4:56am Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    correct...not available is widely upheld as their best album. which is incorrect - animal lover is.

    27 Apr 11:11am Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Not Available, underrated? I mean it's hard to find many contemporary reviews of the Residents, but I would say that not Available is among their most praised, along with Eskimo and Duck Stab

    24 Mar 8:39pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    "God in Three Persons is one of the greatest albums ever!" Thanks for the rec, haven't listened to that one yet. Awesome band.

    18 Mar 8:02pm Reply
  • in_redbluegreen

    the residents are just............. perfect <3

    12 Mar 1:01pm Reply
  • Mr_TagoMago

    God in Three Persons is one of the greatest albums ever! Not available is great as well and quite underrated.

    9 Mar 5:25am Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Anyone got the new release (2015) of Commercial Album? Is it a digipack or it's a normal CD case?

    5 Mar 5:11am Reply
  • leneheart

    14 Feb 9:53pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    They are oddly non-prolific at the moment.

    26 Jan 4:05pm Reply
  • lost_in_last_fm

    I hope that we will see a new studio album with new content from The Residents sometime soon. I really would love to know what they have been up to these days.

    24 Jan 5:00am Reply
  • hookbags

    There is Blood on the Bunny

    11 Jan 2:31am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Yeah, everything before then is brilliant. They've made some good records since then too, though. But it's undeniable that losing Snakefinger and whatever other lineup changes took place resulted in a shift in sound.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    They were so perfect before 1982.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • JazzyUh_ UnderLegs Tea Party version of Santa Dog (a.k.a. Fire) [1972] by The Residents

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    get spükked

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Tuntury

    Anyone bought the mystery box yet?

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
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