What does it sound like?:
1.These are two more reissues in Cherry Red series of Residents albums
2.They are released on 25th January 2019.
3.The Commerical Album consists of 40 tracks of one minute each
4.And in a way they are commericals, and were used as such on US radio.
5.Paid for by The Residents
6.According to the Residents you should play each one three times to make a ‘proper’ pop song.
7.But they are still disturbing and brilliant enough if you only play them once.
8.Lots of great guests on this.
9.Definitely Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Lene Lovich and Andy (Sandy Sandwich) Partridge.
10.And perhaps Eno?
11.They call it Pop Satire.
12.It’s Barbra Streisand and John Travolta on the cover.
13.My favourite tracks are The Simple Song and Margaret Freeman (the Andy P one)
14.Some interesting extras but really only for Residents fans (like these things often are)
15.Should this be your first Residents album?
17.Or perhaps Meet the Residents? That was my first
18.Eskimo shouldn’t be your first Residents album.
19.You’ve been warned.
20.Perhaps the Residents masterpiece?
21.But their most non-musical.
22.It tells the story of the Eskimo perhaps more correctly the Inuit.
23.But actually it only tells a fictional story
24.Because the Residents only did some cursory research
25.But that might be fictional too.
26.It’s filled with chanting, rudimentary instruments and omnipresent wind.
27.It tells a story without words divided in six parts.
28.Though they may be chanting “Coco Cola adds life” on Festival of Death
29.From a Walrus Hunt to a Birth finishing with the terrifying Festival of Death.
30.Andy Gill of the NME wrote it’s one of the most important albums ever made, if not the most important.
31.He’s wrong or he’s taking the piss.
32.But it’s still stunning.
33.It should be listened to in one sitting.
34.You really get enveloped in the atmosphere.
35.It does feel like you are in the Artic landscape.
36.Admittedly a scary and psychedelic one.
37.And it is probably The Residents best album.
38.And this is another great package from Cherry Red
39.Every home should have one. Perhaps.
40.Oh, and those Eyeball masks are still the best and scariest costume in ‘Rock’ aren’t they?
What does it all *mean*?
Probably loads or possibly nothing?
Goes well with…
No other group has sounded like this so anything and nothing.
Might suit people who like…
Feeling vaguely uncomfortable and unsettled whilst listening to music. In a good way.