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Elbow Is Taboo

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Street Called Straight
  2. Boule!
  3. The Elbow Is Taboo
  4. Hambu Hodo
  5. Dance for Sonambulists
  6. Here's to the Oblong Boys
  7. The Bread Song
  8. Critical/Dance
  9. Extracting the Re-Re


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: T.E.C. Tones
  • ASIN: B000001QCC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Renaldo & The Loaf decided to call it quits after this album was released. It appeared that Ralph Records, their loyal record company owned by The Residents had been sold to the sales manager, and was now "T.E.C. Tones Records". Rumour has it that the group became intimidated by the change, and decided that this would be the perfect time to go on to other projects. They of course, reunited 20 years later. This record is the slickest of all of their recordings. this one has clear sound quality, as well as keyboards, and sampling devices. As well as (seemingly) a profesional studio. Although this record is still as avant-garde experimental as you can imagine, it is also their most accessible, meaning that in this case, there is less sound experimentation, and more of a song based structure. I wonder what the next album could have sounded like.Here's the record track by track.

1.Street Called Straight-comprises of flute recorders, lots of percussion, and boy have these guys learned to play the guitar.

2. Boule-a strange french track about a dog.

3. The Elbow Is Taboo-a song about being naive. sexual innuendo builds up, and it turns out he's singing about an elbow, and not a...well, y'know. Hardy Fox appears in this song for one line.

4.Hambu Hodo-hands down, one of the strangest songs. the song's lyrics are words with several letters taken out of each word, for example the title means "hamburgers, hotdogs", if you take off a couple of letter's, it's Hambu Hodo. this features some of Renaldo's best vocals.

5. Dance For Sonambulists-the most mainstream souding Renaldo & The Loaf song, but for some reason, on the cd release, the last minute of the previous track leaks into this track and takes up the first entire minute. this song is mainly guitar.
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If you're a fan of the residents or their type of music buy this one(if you can find it, I had to order it from the UK and paid more than I would for a regular CD). And if you were turned off by previous Renaldo and the Loaf don't let that stop you,this one is very listenable from beginning to end.
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Comparing Renaldo and The Loaf to The Residents is like comparing pears to.. say.. durian fruit. Worlds apart. But I can see why Ralph Records grabbed them. This is their most accessible work and some might even work in a party setting. Might. I think this is the closest you can get to surrealist music. 'A Street Called Straight' is quite violent - 'Boule' is a nice song about a dog I suppose. 'Hambu Hodo' is the masterpiece. I'm not sure the lyrics have been deciphered yet!
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These guys are totally original.....this recording is their most "pop" sounding, and that's not to say that there is any resemblance to other "pop" music....just that you may find yourself singing along to a couple tracks....unlike their earlier recordings where it would be quite difficult to do so. Hambu Hodo is the standout track.....an energetic romp with an infectious chorus.
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