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Duck Stab/Buster And Glen

Residents Audio CD
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Over the course of an artistic career spanning several decades, The Residents have remained a riddle of Sphinx-like proportions; cloaking their lives and music in a haze of willful obscurity, the group's members never identified themselves by name, always appearing in public in disguise (in the old days... tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks) and refusing to grant ... Read more in Amazon's Residents Store

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Euroralph
  • ASIN: B0000081OA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird but beauteous musics... 2 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
The anti-Christs of pop are back. The Residents are supposed to be four souls strong, but who's to say when their album is just done by a guy and a girl? We don't know who/what they are, they claim to be sexless, and no one has a clue to their identity except for their agent. Why are they so secretive? Perhaps if you came up with this kind of music, you'd hesitate before giving out your social security # too. What raw nerve!
They aren't are progressive in nature as, well, progressive groups. Even prog-heads don't know what to say to describe them except weird. True, when any album opens with an electric dance, 'Constantinople', in which the country voice at the helm exclaims, 'Here I come, Constantinople' several times, you have to wonder, 'What?' But try as you might, if you have any sense of the unordinary, you can Not tear yourself away from this stuff. 'Bach Is Dead' is a simple rhythm and chant, with a squeaky wagon (maybe) used to underline the slight melody. And then 'Elvis and His Boss' takes us to the high school practice session, with weird flooglehorn (maybe), strangled guitar, that little Fisher Price xylophone you pull by the string and it makes a noise (maybe), electric horns of various forms of camouflage, where the 'Constantinople' tune is rewaxed for humorous slips.
This re-release from the great East Side Digital label is actually a combination of 2 EPS; The Residents' 5th album, Duck Stab, and the Buster & Glen EP, released in 1977. Snakefinger shows up to sing and play now and then, but there ain't much guitar, it's all the usual Residents' reigning fire and burpstone upon poor suspecting fans who know that tracks like 'Semolina' are less about seashores and more about (insert guess here).
14 tracks on a train ride from here to Crazyassland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Ducks were Stabbed in the Making of this Album 29 Dec 2000
By Robert H. Nunnally Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Residents fans fall into dozens of camps when it comes to their personal favorite works by these curious pop parodists with the odd eyeball outfits. Some prefer Third Reich n Roll's distortion of 60s rock classics; others find the Commercial Album's blatant non-commercialism satisfying, while several Residents fans--all perhaps members of subspecies of the marmot groupings--actually prefer the Mole Show and can recite its story (a skill no doubt as valuable as the ability to speak Klingon or to memorize major motel chain toll free numbers).
To see the Residents at their most intriguing, though, one cannot do much better than the Duck Stab/Buster & Glen album. The highlight of the work, "Constantinople", is a droning bit of whimsy whose effect is sufficiently hypnotic as to make you peruse the record for evidence of subliminal backwards masking. As is typical of the work, the entire album is synthesizer-laden, filled with ominously non-sensical lyrics, and a range of parody and homage which includes styles as diverse as 50s Elvis-style rock, the invented musics of Harry Partch, jazz which alternates between pre-bop and Sun Ra and veers into Beefheart-esque territory.
If you have not "bought into" the Residents, this is an excellent start--it's sophisticated and yet very D.I.Y., musically complex and yet arguably as much a product of Shreveport as San Francisco. My only real critique of this album is that it's entirely eerie, but perhaps that's one of the many points.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering synth work wrapped up in weird clothes 1 Dec 2005
By Scott Hedegard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard The Residents on the "Dr. Demento" radio show back many years ago. I still remember the cut - "The Laughing Song" from "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen". "Weird" simply does not cover where these deranged people work and play.

Most interesting about this disc (mine is a combination CD of the two EP's) is the groundbreaking work with strange new sounds and textures that predate Trent Reznor by more than twenty years and undoubtedly pointed Devo down their own twisted path. Some effects are simply undefinable as recognizable instruments. Others, like the tape lag that rumbles underneath "Sinister Exaggerator" make the track sound like it's coming apart as it progresses.

Patience, a sense of humor and musical adventure are a must for this most original band, but the wonderful noises that await the open mind are well worth the trip into weirdness, and the humor is a nice respite from the stress of the workday world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but only if you have drunk a bottle of Robitussin 22 Oct 1999
By Elkie Cooper (mousijuana@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD really speaks to me, but only after I drink Robitussin and sit down to listen to my favorite CDs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, a timeless masterpiece! 11 Dec 2007
By Chadron Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My introduction to the Residents began one late night back in 1980, high up in a cabin near Nederland, Colorado. A friend of mine played a couple of "drop the needles" for a sampling from this album. Constantinople came on 1st and I thought "hmmm, what's this... kind of wierd". Then the magic moment hit when I heard the sound of the Turkey call, toy tom toms, and unmatched vocalization of the highly effective opening chorus of "Bach is Dead". After growing up around Universities and music schools with many of the faculty and "noses high in the air" music majors with no clue, & bad radio airplay that was featuring the mundain rehashed '60s sounds of new wave synthopop... This one smacked the nail on the head!
I must have laughed solidly for two hours with days, months, and yes - years to follow of repeated appreciation for this work of comic art. Even worse for a person who never pays attention to lyrics, it wasn't long before I had memorized ALL the lyrics on this album. It helped to pull me through my final years of college, and many lame recording sessions to follow. Another undying favorite is "Birthday Boy". Highly recommended listening for anyone who takes themself too seriously!
4.0 out of 5 stars ingenious... sinister 7 Jun 2014
By S Tuffnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Music with a severe case of dementia.

"Duck Stab/Buster & Glen" is one of The Residents albums that I looked forward to hearing after listening to a heap of others that alternate from plain ridiculous to ingenious. This one is hailed as one of their best so it was one I had to indulge in. it opens with 'Constantinople' with that nasal twang on all earlier albums "here I come Constantinople". Okay, it is not too bad, next is creepy weirdness in 'Sinister Exaggerator' and it is perhaps only for true addicts of this band being so oddball. Snakefinger's guitar work is always great though.

'Booker Tease' is a short stab reminding me of "Commercial Album"'s content. I like the guitar and rhythm that is actually a more commercial sound but the brass are unmistakeable as a Residents style of jazz. 'Blue Rosebuds' is more like Residents with a bubbling synth and deep bass, and the vocals are the same style as on "Commercial Album" that I have grown used to.

'Laughing Song' is wonderfully delirious, lots of laughter and nasal singing, and a nice little comical touch on the synths. 'Bach Is Dead' is whimsical with staccato brass and a synth sounding like a chicken clucking and the chant "Bach is dead" is chilling. Sounds like anything you are likely to hear from "Commercial Album".

'Elvis and His Boss' has an Elvis blues feel but with odd out of tune synths. The voice mimics Elvis similar to material on "Third Reich and Roll".

'Lizard Lady' has a classic disturbing Residents sound with weird verses sung nasally and echoed by atonal synth lines. Don't try and make sense of the lyrics as its pointless. 'Semolina' has quirky vocals multilayered and off kilter to the tuneless synths, a maddening low point on the album. Must admit the seagulls and waves enhance the sound.

'Birthday Boy' is funny but warped not to be played at birthdays. It sounds like a birthday at an asylum. I love the oddball music in particular but thankfully these songs are short before they wear thin.

'Weight Lifting Lulu' is great with its cool swinging surfie guitar sound, and layered whispered vocals. The atmosphere is incredibly unnerving, a trademark Residents vibe. 'Krafty Cheese' is more demented tuneless stuff, with a droning bass, and deep resonance in the vocals. The eyeballs revel in this type of sound.

'Hello Skinny' is one that I had heard elsewhere so it had a nice familiar sound. The pragonist is so skinny he can be sucked into an eye dropper. The melody is endearing and quite catchy and I love those vocals reminding me of much of "Commercial Album".

'Electrocutioner' ends the album with some really creepy music and as the song builds up there is the musical definition of an electrocution.

Not an album to be played at funerals.
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