What does it sound like?:
The Residents have managed to make a living playing their surreal songs, producing bizarre films, creating art constructions and destructions, computer games and other ephemera for well over forty years. This anthology, curated by The Residents themselves, brings together 80 tracks on to four CDs, spanning their entire career, starting with their first single from 1972.
Anonymity is an essential ingredient for what they do. The Theory Of Obscurity, to which they subscribe, says that remaining unknown removes audience expectations and allows the artist to be free to do whatever they like. They only ever appear disguised or in masks, their signature being a giant eyeball helmet combined with top hat and tails. They revel in their mystery and rebuff all attempts to expose them.
Their albums are themed. Some deconstruct a famous artist, such as The Beatles or Hank Williams. They generally put together a collage of sounds and styles within an overarching concept. They sampled before sampling existed. Their Commercial Album from 1980 consists of forty one minute tracks, each the length of a commercial (The Residents love a double meaning). George And James juxtaposes James Brown with Gershwin. Third Reich » Continue Reading.