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The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works and their composition "Kaw-Liga".

The first official release under the name of Meet The Residents was in 1974, and the group has since released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects and ten DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, The Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects. Ralph Records, a record label focusing on avant-garde music, was started by the band.

Throughout the group's existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity preferring, instead, to have attention focused on their art output. Much outside speculation and rumour has focused on this aspect of the group. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos — a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography.

Its albums generally fall into two categories: deconstructions of Western popular music, or complex conceptual pieces, composed around a theme, theory or plot. The group is noted for surrealistic lyrics and sound, disregard for conventional music composition, and the over the top, theatrical spectacle of their live performances.

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Discography

Albums

Compilation albums

  • The Residents Radio Special – 1979
  • Please Do Not Steal It! – 1979
  • Nibbles – 1979
  • Residue of the Residents – 1984
  • Ralph Before '84: Volume 1, The Residents – 1984
  • Assorted Secrets – 1984
  • Memorial Hits – 1985
  • The Pal TV LP – 1985
  • Heaven? – 1986
  • Hell! – 1986
  • Stranger Than Supper – 1990
  • Liver Music – 1990
  • Daydream B-Liver – 1991
  • Poor Kaw-Liga's Pain – 1994
  • Louisiana's Lick – 1995
  • Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses – 1997
  • Residue Deux – 1998
  • 25 Years of Eyeball Excellence – 1998
  • Land of Mystery – 1999
  • Refused – 1999
  • Dot.Com – 2000
  • Diskomo 2000 – 2000
  • Petting Zoo – 2002
  • Eat Exuding Oinks – 2002
  • Best Left Unspoken...Vol. 1 – 2006
  • Best Left Unspoken...Vol. 2 – 2006
  • Best Left Unspoken...Vol. 3 – 2007
  • Ten Little Piggies – 2009
  • Chicken Scratching with The Residents – 2010
  • Ozark – 2011
  • ERA B4-74 – 2012
  • The Residents Present The Delta Nudes Greatest Hiss - 2013Template:Multicol-break

Live albums

Singles and EPs

Multimedia projects

See also




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