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Greener Postures / Chewing Hides the Sound

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Golden Goat
  2. Don't Lie
  3. The Man in the Dark Sedan
  4. I Come from an Island
  5. Jungle Princess
  6. Thrashing All the Loves in History
  7. Save Me from Dali
  8. Living in Vain
  9. The Picture Makers Vs. Children of the Sea

Disc: 2

  1. The Model
  2. Kill the Great Raven
  3. Jesus Was a Leprechaun
  4. Here Come the Bums
  5. The Vivian Girls
  6. Magic and Ecstasy
  7. Who Is the Culprit and Who Is the Victim?
  8. What Wilbur?
  9. Picnic in the Jungle
  10. Friendly Warning
  11. I Love Mary
  12. The Vultures of Bombay


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Euroralph (For409)
  • ASIN: B00002MYU9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Snakefinger is one of those artists you just can't get enough of, so you buy everything. This is easy to do since his career ended in 1987. The repackaging of Snakefinger's weirdest albums: "GREENER POSTURES" and "CHEWING HIDES THE SOUND" is a great start. This CD has material from early in Snakefinger's career so it mirrors early THE RESIDENTS closely (see "DUCK STAB/BUSTER & GLEN" by THE RESIDENTS). These albums are from a time when DEVO and TALKING HEADS were new and the term "new wave" was unknown. Punk music was too limiting and rock was too gothic and everything else was disco music.

New to Snakefinger? He's one of those timeless innovators who really defies category. For youngsters: He sounds like a ska BECK with WEEN lyrics and some SPARKLEHORSE thrown in. For oldies: Vaguely THE STRANGLERS with lyrics by FRANK ZAPPA and arrangement by SPIKE JONES. He has an ESQUIVEL jazz beatnik feel but darker and more tongue-in-cheek. Goofy but infinitely hummable. A good description might be nightmarish cartoon music. Definitely satirical. It is difficult to describe the indescribable. See for yourself. You haven't heard everything thing till you've heard Snakefinger.
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By far the strangest dude I've reviewed,(and that really IS saying something!) Snakefinger is a Residents waller and as dotty as they come. I haven't a clue what this bloody fool's going on about, but it's completely enrapturing and compelling.
You'd want to be mad to begin your album with a muffled, Hawaiian-guitar version of Kraftwerk's 'the Model', yet that's just what old Snaky does on 'Chewing Hides the Sound',(! enigmatic is ol' Snake if nothing else) and it's more interesting than the tepid original. Other bits include the lilting 'Kill the Great Raven' (why Snaky..?) the controversial (ha ha, any-one interested..?) 'Jesus Was a Leprechaun' and the redolent strum-thrum of the inspired 'Picnic in the Jungle'. All 'songs' swivel convention on one finger. You can't imagine 'CHTS' as a live set; no-one would believe it.
The audience would think they'd had their drinks spiked.

More insanity follows with 'Greener Postures' (See? Snaky's having a laugh at our expense-God love him. He's having FUN!!) Totally insane title's like 'Thrashing All the Loves in History' and 'the Picture Makers vs. Children of the Sea' leave you glowing with appreciation before you even listen to the actual song's and when you do - no disappointment at all. Yay!
A summary isn't necessary, and trying to write one seems as loony as sitting down with the questionable intent of listening to these two delirious albums at one sitting. A couple 'tracks' would probably be enough for a 'rock' fan, but watching his greasy mullet speeding over the horizon would be a treat for Snaky, ever hard-core.

Where else can you hear genius statements like;
'Jesus was a leprechaun, dying on the cross,
Remembering his Celtic roots.
He tried to have a little fun.
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By Ben Dover on January 25, 2007
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The unique and weird sound of snakefinger really is on the top on this double-disc. It has a more complexe and still perfectly fit sound throughout all the songs than what his work TOGHETER with the legendary Residents showed (yes, they have been producing it togheter...) witch gives a more listener friendly album. Good tunes, funny and odd sounds and lyrics, great guitar, and just simply a wonderfully great album.
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