Monday, April 14, 2008

The Residents- Untitled 5

Only memories remain.

Are The Residents evil? I've long considered them the scariest act in music.

The heavy Bound By the Road tour I witnessed Saturday did nothing to change my mind. Sure, Invitro makes quite a racket. But DevilDriver would be a lot more disturbing if their singer didn't talk about his wife and kids back home in California between songs. And Napalm Death just made me smile. (My review of the show is here.)

No, metal and punk acts don't hold a candle to the weirdos in creepy costumes known as the Residents. Spoken word sequences are interspersed with a variety of odd sounds on the ghoulish 2002 release Demons Dance Alone, It's essential for "Life Would Be Wonderful," an oddball anthem that sounds as if it very well may have inspired the Flaming Lips' renaissance. A radically altered version can be heard in this live performance video.

You know how there are certain things you swear you'll never do but end up doing anyway? That's what happened at my jazz blog today.

Many people have a hard time grasping how I can love both Napalm Death and Alison Krauss. Listening to a lot of Ornette Coleman does funny things to a guy. Don't miss Gary Giddins' new profile of the great man.

Kansas City Click: How is it that celebrated folkie Peter Mulvey is playing a free show at a Plaza hamburger restaurant on a Monday night? I might have to head down to Fred P. Ott's tonight to find out.


bgo said...

It has been at least 20 years since I saw The Residents and another 10+ years since I first listened to them.

The show was in small college town in Kansas where they burned buildings down during riots in the 1960's.

Being older than dirt does play tricks on one's mind.

I do remember The Residents cover James Brown. How cool is that?


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