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Gingerbread Man

ResidentsAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 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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  • Audio CD (July 11, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East Side Digital
  • ASIN: B000000PLW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Weaver: The Fool And The Death-Maker Die Alone
2. The Dying Oilman: Blinded By The Hostages Of Fortune
3. The Confused Transsexual: Stamen And Pistallate Together Again
4. The Sold-Out Artist: Black Are The Legs Inside The White Sepulcher
5. The Ascetic: Shadows Doubt The Strength Of The Sun
6. The Old Soilder: Safety Sells, But War Always Wins
7. The Aging Musician: Narcissus Knows No One Naked
8. The Butcher: The Flesh Of Animals Angers Anew...And Moos
9. The Old Woman: Kissless Are The Isolated, Rootless Are Their Tongues
10. Ginger's Lament

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Residential Oddity to Feed your Nightmares October 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps my all-time-favorite Residential album (and I got em all). Who else but The Residents can portray the Grim Reaper as a cookie/cutout Gingerbread man, who reveals the inner tortures, fears, phobias and obsessions of 9 characters, as they slide past the prime of life into their graves. "Ginger" reveals how bitter and twisted some people can become in their eternal chase of the dreams they cannot achieve. As we hear the doomsday babble of all 9 characters, "Ginger" keeps reminding us: "Run, run, fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" If you are fortunate to find the expanded CD-Rom version, get it, It will permanently freak you out as you "see" the busts of the characters and manipulate their environments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Song July 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Why, you may ask, do I say "great song" not "great album", cuz for the most part of this almost-40-minute album, you're hearing the melody. Luckily, it IS a catchy melody. This was the first Rez album I had heard, and it got me hooked. The music is very listenable and the lyrics are derranged! =) I recommend it to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars got Milk?!? January 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
These guys are friggin strange! This album was surprisingly good. Considering the thrashing it has taken from some of the reviewers, I went in not expecting much. Every song begins with the same melody but ends with the same different melody. Its hard to explain. In between those melodies is your typical Residents' style that doesn't fail. Not their best, and certainly not their worst (I think Eskimo REALLY sucks).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Residence are the Best. February 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For anyone who loves the Residence distinct sound this is a great one and I highly recommend it to any true fan.
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By Bill M.
Format:Audio CD
Over the years, the Residents' style has evolved from very avant-garde to more cleanly orchestrated works. You could say that "Gingerbread Man" is much more polished than older albums like "Fingerprince", but like most material from the Residents, it still has that dark, wonderfully eerie trademark to it.
Each track (except for the ending epilogue) is about one of nine characters and follows a common format: 1) a short instrumental introduction that includes a recurring, catchy melody 2) a verse sung by the character that poetically sums up their pain and exhaustion with life, and finally 3) spoken comments and thoughts from the character set to music. The liner notes to the CD explains the story behind each character.
I know one criticism people have had about this album is that all the songs sound too similar. But I honestly think the repetition purposely fits here to make a musical/opera kind of format, where each chapter of the story begins with the same catchy melody. Scores for musicials tend to do this ("Cats" and The Who's "Tommy" come to mind).
Also worth mentioning: a nine minute medley of the album, "Gingerbread Man Concentrate", can be found on the Residents' compilation "Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses." This includes 6 of the 9 character songs strung together, without the spoken dialogues. There's also a video set to this medley on their DVD, "Icky Flix". Some might actually prefer this condensed version.
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