How about the main music writer leaving the band to do solo stuff at near 70 years old?
Is there some kind of drama going on? Why wouldn't he keep writing music for them?
regardless I feel like their best stuff is when they have guest musicians, I feel like bobuck is pretty stuck on dark amelodic rhythm music. I'd love a pop album like Demons again and supossedly they got a new album coming this year so we'll see who writes the music.
I always had a theory that Randy wrote the music on Patmos just because it sounded pretty amateur and had several technical mistakes.
Eskimo is GOAT. Truly something special God in three Persons is creepy and cool and weirdly charming Not Available is kind of sad and beautiful in places but is pretty shitty Meet the Residents its retarded and bad
That's my opinion of all the stuff I've listened to of theirs.
>>62066741 I find their first really tedious. I think it aims for some kind of deconstruction of pop music, but in an uninteresting, dumb way Not Available is hard for me to assess because there are elements I really like in there but it always leaves a bad taste in my mouth for some reason. I'll give it another go now
>>62066915 that "bad taste" for me is just part of the residents. They're a hard pill to swallow sometimes and they kind of leave a bitter after taste. But that's something I really like about them that I've grown to enjoy over time. They really aren't for everybody and they require a lot of patience.
Eskimo can be hard to recommend just because it's one of their few soundscape albums and lacks a lot of more traditional music qualities. Don't get me wrong, it's great, but I think to fully appreciate it you should have a better grasp on the Residents as a pop band first >>62067130
>>62067179 Eskimo seems like a better ambient/soundscape album than other residents' albums are weirdo-pop albums, by which token I'd say Eskimo should be more accessible to people that aren't plebs than their other stuff, which just seems kinda weird-for-weird's-sake
>>62067343 I think my problem with a lot of their other stuff is that they try to implement comedy in ways that can seem wonky. Eskimo has elements of comedy too with its little voices, but it fits really well with the rest of the work. In a lot of their stuff, Not Available included, they put on purposefully grating Americana joke-voices that SHOULD gel with the atonality, but it doesn't really work for me.
Often they use it to create a bittersweet nature by contrasting silly voices with dark and strange music but its rarely worked, except possibly on God in Three Persons
>>62067624 I see where you're coming from but that stuff doesn't even phase me. Another good example of comedy (?) is all of the advertisements hidden in the chants of eskimo
>>62067343 >>62067302 those are both good points so yeah if you're not a pleb eskimo isn't a bad place to start. I still think you'd enjoy it better if you had a grasp on their more "normal" stuff though.
>>62061894 Your flow chart is missing "The Residents Play The Beatles Play The Residents".
I'm sure more than one person is going to point out that the reason is that side one is just a sound collage of Beatles' songs and sound bites, while side two is just a cover of "Flying", but if that's the case, why exclude this record while you include The Residents covering The Rolling Stones? (And don't tell me it's because the Rolling Stones cover doesn't sound like The Rolling Stones while The Beatles sound like The Beatles. That's a cop out answer)
This Randy, Chuck and Bob thing is the worst thing to happen to The Residents both musically and conceptually. It's such a shame that a band like The Residents could be this uninspiring and boring. Discuss.
>>62070408 yeah I liked the first tour but to do consecutive tours almost exactly the same is kind of disappointing from them. The music part was just... bad. Like atmospheric rhythms with 1980's guitar licks. They only did covers but made no effort to recapture any semblance of the music of the originals, no chords, no melodies, just rhythms with guitar and randy yelling the lyrics.
>>62066315 as I said up here though the music man quit for some reason, and Randy says they're putting out a new album so perhaps it will be a return to better music with other people writing it?
>>62070603 >>62070408 like they're fortieth anniversary tour was the second part of a three part series. Like why wouldn't they make it it's own thing? bring out the eyeballs? get a big band with horns and guitars and real drums? big sets?
as opposed to inflatable christmas stuff a 1980's shredder guitarist and a guy playing garageband loops in boring costumes
>>62070408 it's sad to me that they seem to be ending their careers with something so tame. I really hope they put out a new record that's more like demons or wormwood or fingerprince where it's very loose conceptually but well written but super strange pop music. they need to go out with a bang
I wish there was a better place to discuss the residents. almost everyone on mu has just heard their debut and Not Available since that's what Scaruffi likes. I need someone to talk about the deep cuts and their new stuff about.
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