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Duck Stab


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  • Audio CD (Aug. 12 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B0017TCSOE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Have you ever been in that zone when you're so depressed that you actually feel knid of happy ot so full of joy that you feel like crying for an hour? The Residents live in this zone and thrive on chaos. Sounding like a combination of Mr. Bungle and Radiohead years a decade before either band was formed, the one-eyed wonders know your deepest hopes, your deepest fears, and will ruthlessly exploit them, making this a very important album to anyone who dares purchase or download it. 1,000 words cannot describe the wonder that is Duck Stab/Buster and Glenn. Just buy it today and you'll be happy. Trust me, I know these things.
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The best way to explain the sound of the Residents is probably hyper-Beatlesque. Their music is what might have happened if the Beatles had all gone more in the musical direction of "Wild Honey Pie" or "What's the New Mary Jane"; in short the Residents picked up where the Beatles and almost all of their psychedelic contemporaries left off. This is beyond psychedelia. More of a piece with early Zappa or Beefheart, but different even from them. Just listen to the arrangements on "Weight-Lifting Lulu" (with the violin trills over the bridge, and the mutated "Peggy Sue" riff on which the song is built) and "Hey Skinny". "Constantinople", an old Residents favorite, opens the album. This is followed by what I think is one of their best songs ever, "The Sinister Exaggerator" (which Primus covered on an EP called MISCELLANEOUS DEBRIS). This song sets the tone for what is to follow: absurd, often disturbing little electronic ditties ranging in subject matter from the murder of a woman by her husband and father for her masculine physique ("Lulu") to a couple who live in terror of their monstrous son ("Birthday Boy"). "The Laughing Song" is a sea chanty on laughing gas; on "Semolina" the Residents take on the Beach Boys; "Lizard Lady" is a weird (and weirdly tragic) portrait of a homeless schizophrenic woman who lives in fear of lizards (I wonder if this character was based on an actual person one of them saw and decided to write a song about); "Blue Rosebuds" is at once beautiful, grotesque, and hilarious, a combination not many artists can sustain with much success; and the climaxes of each EP -- "Elvis and His Boss" on DUCK STAB, "The Electrocutioner" on BUSTER & GLEN -- end things with a bang. "The Electrocutioner" probably has one of the best female vocals in rock history.Read more ›
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In the classified ads section of Rolling Stone when I was in high school this group called the Residents kept begging me to buy one of their albums. Of course, I always wanted to (being a kid, you always want to please people), but never did (being a kid, I had no money to indulge on the Residents).
Back in 1978, I lived, for a brief period of time, in Denver, Colorado. As part of my passage of time, I would hang around in Wax Trax and look for something new to listen to, mostly punk rock and new wave albums. On the shelfs were some Residents stuff, mainly "Meet the Residents, Fingerprince, and two EP's named "Duck Stab" and Buster and Glenn".
I avoided the EP's, not wanting to pay the money, but did pick up the other two. While I thought the Residents were, well, wierd, I didn't know then that I would become the fan I am today (at 45, being a Residents fan - and a grandfather - seems a bit out of synch with reality).
Soon, Duck Stab and Buster and Glen were put together as one, and I bought it.
I was astonished. These weren't the noodlings of some art group - this was pop music! Constantinople drove me nuts with its singer (whose singing to date I can compare to scraping my fingernails onto a chalk board) The Laughing Song cracked me up, because it is like listening to an inside joke (which it probably is) Elvis and His Boss predates cube-e, and is probably the best parody of Elvis ever done by the one eyed wonders. Weight-Lifting Lulu is dark, and beautiful Hello Skinny is my favorite song in the entire album, and The Electrocutioner hooked me to the Residents forever.
If you're looking for some songs written and performed by the Residents this is the album to find them in, every song is original, no two are the same, and they're all good (if strangely arranged and played). This is an essential Residents album.
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