Over the course of a recording career spanning several decades, the Residents remained a riddle of Sphinx-like proportions; cloaking their lives and music in a haze of willful obscurity, the band's members never identified themselves by name, always appearing in public in disguise — usually tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks — and refusing to grant media interviews. Drawing inspiration from the likes of fellow innovators including Harry Partch, Sun Ra, and Captain Beefheart, the Residents channeled the breadth of American music into their idiosyncratic, satiric vision, their mercurial blend of electronics, distortion, avant-jazz, classical symphonies and gratingly nasal vocals reinterpreting everyone from John Philip Sousa to James Brown while simultaneously expanding the boundaries of theatrical performance and multimedia interaction.
Here's a double cd displaying some of The Residents most breathtaking material, a perfect introduction to this weird but essential band cooked by our collaborator Diod.
THE RESIDENTS Top 3
1 - God in Three Persons (1988)
2 - Eskimo (1979)
3 - Wormwood: Curious Stories from the Bible (1998)
THE REDIDENTS Bottom 3
1 - The King and Eye (1989)
2 - The Tunes of Two Cities (1982)
3 - Our Finest Flowers (1992)
Captain Beefheart, Snakefinger, Tuxedomoon