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The Residents
"Commercial Album"

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February 10 - 16, 2019

Year of Release: 1980
  • Easter Woman
  • Perfect Love
  • Picnic Boy
  • End Of Home
  • Amber
  • Japanese Watercolor
  • Secrets
  • Die In Terror
  • Red Rider
  • My Second Wife
  • Floyd
  • Suburban Bathers
  • Dimples And Toes
  • The Nameless Souls
  • Love Leaks Out
  • The Act Of Being Politefs
  • Medicine Man
  • Tragic Bells
  • Loss Of Innocence
  • Simple Song
  • Ups And Downs
  • Possessions
  • Give It To Someone Else
  • Phantom
  • Less Not More
  • My Work Is So Behind
  • Birds In The Trees
  • Handful Of Desire
  • Moisture
  • Love Is La La
  • Loneliness
  • Nice Old Man
  • THe Talk Of Creatures
  • Fingertips
  • In Between Dreams
  • Margaret Freeman
  • The Coming Of The Crow
  • fsWhen We Were Young

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    Yes, The Residents have arrived.... The Residents have been recording since 1974. Avant Garde music -- in other words, Strange music. Demented music. Unique music. Different music. Got it?

    Their Commercial Album was released in 1980. The concept and structure of the average commercial pop song, reducing it to one minute in length each. There are a total of 40 tracks, 40 sixty-second vignettes. This is not an album of advertising commercials, as the word "commerical" may relate. The liner notes state that each song should be repeated three times, to form a "pop song." Remember, each track is only one minute in length. For some, one minute just maybe enough, and only one minute to listen. However, If you really want to play each track three times consecutively, you just may have to edit the songs (in mp3 format), and remove the 2-3 seconds of silence at the end of each track. But you have to admit, this is very unique music. And as each sixty-second track is being heard, the album does get better, taken in stride in how the Residents are. Of course, there are far tracks better than others, as the 40 sixty-second tracks are being heard. Billboard Magazine prompted an editorial on this album, asking whether the Residents were art, or for advertising. But, when you are featured on National Public Radio (NPR), you have done something right -- The Residents have been around for over 40 years, and for uniqueness, the band has done something right, whether we want to recognize them for their talent... or not.

    In recognizing their talent, it is hard to exactly know who the members were/are. The band never listed their names, nor did we never see any of the band members' faces on their albums. The Residents were represented as wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tails. This would become their trademark. Unique music, and unique dress attire, The Residents have arrived. No, you will not hear their music on popular/regular radio formats. They are considered a cult favorite; their music heard most likely on underground radio formats. And now in the 21st Century, with the Internet, radio stations on the internet are more likely to include The Residents' music (and just about any other kind of music genre out there) on Internet Radio stations.

    On the Commerical Album, there are some musicians credited: Chris Cutler, Snakefinger (who appeared on many of the Residents' albums, until his death in 1987), Fred Frith, and annoynymous artists such as Lene Lovich, and Andy Partridge. Brian Eno was thought to have appeared, but was never really confirmed. The album cover showed faces of John Travolta and Barbra Streisand in cartoon form, with the famous Residents' eyeballs with top hats and tails. Their famous eyeballs and tophats were in place of Travolta's and Streisand's own eyeballs.

    This is an album of experiment. Some of it sounds like off-Classical "End Of Home," "Phantom"; (P.D.Q. Bach'ish, in a more demented way) . Some of it sounds just strange "Perfect Love," "Amber," "My Work Is So Behind", or bizarre "Japanese Watercolor," "Secrets"; (too many to mention). If the band Kraftwerk got together with The Residents, would they come up with ? Maybe. Horror Soundtrack music - "Nice Old Man," "In Between Dreams" The last track, is quite decent - "When We Were Young." This is an album you would to experience for yourself, just as any of their albums. I don't know, but maybe, if you listen to this album in the dark, it just might be scary. Is this album bad? Not at all, but it is not for everyone. The Residents are a force to reckon with, and you would have to listen to their music with an open mind.

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