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Duck Stab

ResidentsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Over the course of an artistic career spanning several decades, The Residents have remained a riddle of Sphinx-like proportions; cloaking their lives and music in a haze of willful obscurity, the group's members never identified themselves by name, always appearing in public in disguise (in the old days... tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks) and refusing to grant ... Read more in Amazon's Residents Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B008I5CUKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Musically, it's difficult to describe this diverse album. There is a silky, seductive, and murky aspect which creates a supporting liquid background upon which the lyrics float. There is a balance between the music and the lyrics. They never step on each other as they take turns moving in and out of the foreground. The lyrics play a very dominant role on this album. They are like rhyming instruments that project pictures before our eyes. A style emerges in the imagery and in the lyric rhythm. The Residents use words for the sake of their sounds, and for how they feel when leaving the tongue.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This terrific disc is comprised of two EPs ("Duck Stab" and "Buster & Glen"), and it represents one of the best albums from the group's 'classic' period (1972-80). The songs are fairly linear and the lyrics are even sung clearly, but don't take this to mean that they've become radio friendly. These catchy little numbers are 14 nightmarish excursions into the demented nursery of the Residents, and after you've weathered one sitting they'll continue to poke at your brain for days. This was their best selling release at the time, and helped push their mystique further into the attention of the American underground. Les Claypool has named this album as one of his favorites (Primus has covered "Sinister Exaggerator," "Constantinople" and "Hello Skinny") and much of the warped style on Ween's "The Pod" and "Pure Guava" albums can be traced back to this record. It also features some excellent guitar work by the late Snakefinger (aka Philip Charles Lithman). This CD is required listening for fans of fringe artists and unusual music, and it's easily an essential Residents title.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They try a pop album... and succeed!!! June 18, 2003
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The Residents are known for their arty experimentalism on avant-garde discs like Eskimo, Third Reich N' Roll, and Not Availible. However, Duck Stab/Buster And Glen revealed a new side to the ol' op-tops. Released in 1978, it was a combo of two EPs that showcased short, concise songs with understandible lyrics-then put through the Resdiential wringer. The result is what can be described as Top 40 for space aliens. Opener "Constantinople" is one of the three undisputed classics on this album, graced with constantly appearing on setlists and covers by Primus. The track is an eerie ditty bringing to mind creepy electronica. The second classic, "Sinister Exaggerator", is a slow and surreal nightmare with lyrics about god-knows-what. The other classic, "Hello Skinny", is a cool tune consisting of bass, clarinet, and echoed vocals.
However, many of the "non-classics" are just as good, some even better. "Blue Rosebuds" is a fantastic love song that shifts gears from surreal to psychotic; "The Booker Tease" is a dirty instrumental with cop-show guitar courtesy of Snakefinger; "The Laughing Song" is a eerie se shanty sung by a redneck; "Bach Is Dead" has a melody that sounds like someone scratching on a balloon and has a famous bridge of three quarter-notes; "Elvis And Is His Boss" is a hilarious splice of the Batman theme and heavy techno, and it even has a I-IV-V progression (!); "Lizard Lady" is an angry little piece of synth goodness; "Semolina" is a harmony-driven ballad; "Birthday Boy" is a demented child's song; "Weight-Lifting Lulu" sounds like a surf tune on tranquilizers; "Krafty Cheese" sounds like nothing lees than an invasion by robot gardeners (you'll see); and "The Electrocutioner" is a 2-parter: a manic blast of squeals, and a slow drift, both sung by some creepy lady.
All in all, Duck Stab/Buster And Glen may not be The Residents' best album, most it's their most accessible while being a fan favorite at the same time. Groovy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Pressing, Great Packaging, Minor Classic July 11, 2008
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I purchased this album when it was first released on vinyl just on the merits of the opening track "Constantinople." It is a skewed, energetic setting for trivial, almost non-existent lyrics. It's funny, clever, and bizarre.

This is a wonderful 'pressing' packaged very handsomely in a CD-sized, glossy hardcover book. I first discovered that Residents albums were being packaged this way when I recently picked up the two double-album discs comprising the so-called 'Mole Trilogy.' I decided to take a chance on this disc (as well as The Commercial Album) and was very happily surprised to see that these, too, had been released in these wonderful packages, with booklets containing artwork and lyrics. My only complaint with the packaging is that the shrink wrap was pulling the binding over at a bad angle, but neither the booklet nor the disc seem to have been permanently harmed.

For my money, the two albums in The Residents' "American Composer" series are the ones I listen to most often, but this single-CD compilation of two old classic LPs is still worth having, if not for "Constantinople," then for the eerie "Hello Skinny."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Resients album February 15, 2000
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Amazon sadly does not include this seminal band in their list of "Essentials" artists, but if they did, Duck Stab would top the list. It was made right at the apex of their creativity, so their earlier weirdness has been refined and the later blandness hasn't kicked in yet. It's also their least "conceptual" album, being simply a collection of a dozen or so three-minute songs. It's plenty "weird", as all Res albums are, but it never crosses the line into outright ugliness, as their "Third Reich" album does. The lack of a concept also helped keep them from falling into self-indulgence as happened a few times on other albums.
Anyway, if you don't like this one, you probably just won't like the Residents ever. And if you can't get yourself to like the Residents, well, then God help ya.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep in mind that this music will stick with you.... December 7, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Question: Do the Residents hate Rock N' Roll? Answer: Yes, and these are the Rock N' Roll songs they made to prove it.
For the most part, the Residents perform primitive operas and melted down cover tunes. "Duck Stab / Buster & Glen" however combined 2 EP's of original Residents Rock N' Roll - or at least something resembling rock music.
If you listen to this CD, it's unlikely that you will ever get these 'tunes' out of your brain. Oh, and don't expect the Residents to play nice once they've taken up residence in your head. The Residents mean to hurt you with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic...
And a great introduction to the Residents as well. I'm relatively new to them and I would recommend this album as a starting point. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Jancik
5.0 out of 5 stars Duck Stab/Buster & Glen, a winning combination
The full title of this album is technically "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen". Yes, I know that both the Amazon page and the spine of the CD itself only say Duck Stab, but this is in fact... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Skinr
3.0 out of 5 stars The music is incredible, but unfortunately...
The album itself deserves ten stars out of five, every song is unrelentingly creative, nutty, inventive, and brilliant. Read more
Published 16 months ago by me2
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure underground music
Duck Stab is one excellent stab of the alternative underground in the 70's anti pop, anti corporate rock,and no mtv airplay and no major label releases, the residents are by far my... Read more
Published on August 19, 2012 by newwaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, yet satisfying
Never, ever think The Residents will do a safe, chart-friendly album. Their path is to create the pop mutant. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by B. Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid Stab
This album may be weird to some but my 5 and 3 year old boys love it in the car. Standout track is Constantinople.
Published on December 26, 2011 by Ronald Hippe
5.0 out of 5 stars weather sucks
I was looking for this cd every where and I went to a local store where they get hard to find cds but I listen to pandora radio on the internet while going through my email I heard... Read more
Published on March 12, 2009 by Gary Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars A Defining album-- as weird as it gets, yet catchy tunes
While most Residents albums have interesting, quirky, humorous, and bizarre things to offer, this one is consistently all of those things from start to finish. Read more
Published on May 19, 2007 by K. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully derranged
Have you ever been in that zone when you're so depressed that you actually feel knid of happy ot so full of joy that you feel like crying for an hour? Read more
Published on November 30, 2002 by Shadowgraphs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Residents breakthrough album
In the classified ads section of Rolling Stone when I was in high school this group called the Residents kept begging me to buy one of their albums. Read more
Published on July 10, 2001 by David Fields
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