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THE RESIDENTS

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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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B0017TCSOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Constantinople
2. Sinister Exaggerator
3. The Booker Tease
4. Blue Rosebuds
5. Laughing Song
6. Bach Is Dead
7. Elvis and His Boss
8. Lizard Lady
9. Semolina
10. Birthday Boy
11. Weight Lifting Lulu
12. Krafty Cheese
13. Hello Skinny
14. The Electrocutioner

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sean on May 23, 2000
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 By The Bass Ninja on June 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 By K. Tkacs on July 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 By Jim Owen on February 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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 By A Customer on December 7, 2000
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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