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Duck Stab/Buster & Glen

The Residents

1978

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Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
Album Summary

Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen, later renamed as just Duck Stab, is the fifth studio album by American art rock group The Residents, released in November 1978. It is named after the first side of the album, Duck Stab!, a seven-song EP released earlier in 1978 featuring shorter songs similar to the first side of Fingerprince. Buster and Glen, the B-side of the album, was intended to follow Duck Stab! presumably in early 1979. After the first pressing of Duck Stab! quickly sold out—which was an oddity for the band—they decided to re-release it as an album, merged with the unreleased Buster and Glen. This was also in part due to the audio quality of the original EP, which The Residents stated was poor. The shorter length of the songs made the album more accessible for fans who had recently heard "Satisfaction", and songs like "Constantinople" and "Hello Skinny" helped cement the band's cult following. Some noted that the Residents were approaching commercial elements with this EP, but they were purposefully avoiding others, such as a traditional chorus/verse structure. This album features guitar by Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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1.98

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Genres

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Wed Apr 19 2023
1

The only reason this is here is because it’s from before streaming, when if you bought a shit album you had to convince yourself you liked it.

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Sat Apr 22 2023
5

This is exactly the kind of electronic, avant-garde, wacked out shit I signed up for.

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Thu May 04 2023
5

Sometimes I think I'm okay; I am a normal, well-adjusted human being. But then I remember how much I genuinely enjoy The Residents.

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Sat May 27 2023
5

It's brilliant. I can't imagine Ween, Primus or any number of wonky abstract acts existing without this existing first. And they beat Daft Punk to the masks. And they ruined Happy Birthday. It is a thing of great wonder and I love it.

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Sun May 14 2023
1

I don't want this in my life

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Wed Apr 19 2023
1

This must be a joke. I’ve been reviewing these albums for over two years and this has to be the worst one yet.

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Fri May 26 2023
1

1 Oh my God it’s the eyeball dudes. I’ve heard of these guys, but I’ve never listened to anything they’ve put out, mostly due to the general discomfort they give me. And I gotta say, going in with just that knowledge, somehow all of my expectations were met. Yep, it’s just a bunch of weird noises and voices for 35 minutes. There’s a certain 60’s Saturday morning cartoon vibe buried in all of the chaos that I think I had mild appreciation for, but that’s probably the most positive thing I can say about this album - when I realized the first track Constantinople is the band’s most popular on Spotify, I knew I had a very, very long listen ahead. Ironically, compared to many of the other albums I’ve rated poorly thus far, there’s actually quite a bit that’s remarkable and stood out to me across my listening, but I feel like trying to express any of it into any kinds of words here would be a massive waste of time for everyone involved. I’m convinced that no one actually listens to this kind of stuff out of pure personal enjoyment, and it instead becomes known and popularized from the kinds of reactions you get from people when you put it on. If you’re into really bizarre or trippy stuff for whatever reason, I guess give this a listen. If you’re looking to enjoy some new music, I suggest listening to quite possibly anything else. This shit made me want to listen to The Beatles. In summary, art rock is dumb - there’s nothing profound about making your music unlistenable. At least this one wasn’t as aggressive as that Suicide album.

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Thu Apr 27 2023
3

NIGHTMARE NIGHTMARE NIGHTMARE If you've arrived at this album with the intent to take the Residents seriously then you've already failed. Their Dadaist approach to music has allowed them to experiment and venture into areas that no other musical artists would dare approach. A complete disregard for melody and structure gives them free reign to explore dissonance, new forms of instrumentation, and (most importantly) humor. The Residents revel in being inaccessible and strange. That being said, it's not a very pleasant listening experience, is it? It certainly excels in being an abstract horror for the ears, but it's rarely something that I would listen to for my own enjoyment. Perhaps that is the end goal of the Residents, given their reputation. It's an album worth trying at least once. NIGHTMARE NIGHTMARE NIGHTMARE

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Thu May 04 2023
5

The correct way to do that avant-garde type shit.

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Mon Oct 30 2023
1

Their bio states they have no face, no names, no gender. I wish they had no album.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
3

The Residents are bit like communism in that I like them better in theory than I do in practice. And maybe it’s the years I’ve spent listening to weird, out-there music, but this record isn’t nearly as unlistenable as some of you make it out to be. In fact, I’m willing to bet if someone put Tom Waits’ phony-ass gravel voice over top of this music, most of you a) wouldn’t realize it wasn’t actually a Tom Waits record and b) would be falling all over yourselves to praise it.

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Sat Apr 29 2023
1

Having to listen to this album borders on psychological torture. It’s only 35 minutes but is a continuous assault on the senses. 1/10

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Sat May 06 2023
1

Just when I thought this experiment has shown me the lowest lows, this crap comes around the corner and proves me wrong

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Tue May 23 2023
5

10/10 The Residents are so fucking cool and crazy this is beyond just music, it’s transcendental art

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Tue Sep 19 2023
5

This shit is wild. I'll stab a duck right now if Gene and Dean Ween didn't go ape over this at some point in their lives. I'm not sure how to rate this. I liked this a lot but it's not a "put it on anytime" album. You need to be in a really specific mood for this. Oh dear, that overall community score is just too low. I guess it has to be a 5 now. I'm doing my part.

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Mon Jun 12 2023
4

Okay, this is epic. Time for a break from all the humdrum rock albums, here's something freaky deaky. Album so weird that I had to play it on my headphones so as not to scare everyone in the house, including the dogs. Love how creepy the vocals are sometimes, really processed to hell and back. The fact that this is from the '70s makes it that much more impressive. Could you imagine walking into your son's room in 1978 and hearing him listen to this? I'd probably call the police. Never heard of these guys before, but color me intrigued. "Constantinople" is absolutely insane, and I loved the really weird birthday song on here. I would rather hear a dozen more albums like this from the forgotten freaks living in tunnels beneath our world than hear another Elvis Costello snoozer. Spooky fun! Favorite tracks: Constantinople, Blue Rosebuds, Birthday Boy, Hello Skinny. Album art: Love love love the color scheme, I'll repeat it as many times as we get one: red/white/black makes for some of my favorite covers out there. A psycho magician guy making the titular stab of the titular duck. Great show. 4/5

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Thu Apr 20 2023
2

This was a trolling attempt right

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Sun Jun 18 2023
2

Well this was a wild ride, but not particularly fun. This arty type genre of music certainly pushes the boundaries of what we consider to be music with only a vague resemblance to traditional melody, rhythm and vocals. Similar to say Trout Mask Replica, it takes considerable effort to get through, but the extremely poor and muddled audio quality ultimately makes it a frustrating exercise.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
2

Started off thinking it was shit, but it was a grower not a shower, and after a while I started to enjoy it somewhat. Not enough to rank it alongside my other 3 stars. But I will listen to more of them, and perhaps it will continue to grow. Definitely not one for the gym. Probably not the best whilst driving. Potentially alright in the bath, if you've munched down a handful of mushrooms beforehand.

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Fri May 26 2023
1

Jesus, I can't believe I made through the entire album. This just may be worse than that dude who named all his albums after himself. I kept thinking this is what an album by the Munchkins from Wizard of Oz would sound like. I laughed a couple times, then realized I had another 30 minutes of this stuff. Then I cried a little and finished the album. For me, this may have taken over the #1 spot of the worse things I have ever heard musically. Will not revisit. Will never listen again. This is where I wish you can rate as a negative number. Will, loving your reviews! Keep it up. Ha.

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Fri Dec 22 2023
1

This needs to be removed from this list

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Wed Jan 10 2024
1

When the album first started I had to check whether or not my speakers were broken. They weren't it was just the horrific music ( if I can call it that ). I couldn't even tell what instruments they were trying to play. I thought the worse music I ever heard was my sister playing the voiln. However, this is a billion times worse. If I could rate this with negative stars I would. Whoever put this on the list of 1001 best albums was either stoned, drunk or paid a handsome fee to sneak it in. I should have listened to my friend "No, please El G, I beg you, save yourself this torment" Sorry Chris

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Wed Jan 10 2024
1

To review this album for its musical merit would make about as much intellectual sense as appraising the aftermath of a bloody and horrific car crash for its colour scheme or aesthetic. It would be an insult to all involved. Instead, I will evaluate this album for the only purpose it can possible be useful for; a method of torture during interrogation: “Highly effective! If I was subjected to it once more, I would gladly rat out everyone I’ve ever known and loved, just to switch it off - 5 stars”

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Mon Sep 25 2023
5

It’s like Primus’s even weirder uncle.

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Sun Oct 08 2023
5

I love this mental stuff, I don't care. Go away and listen to your War On Drugs albums.

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Wed May 24 2023
4

I'm not sure "enjoyed" is the right word, but I appreciated hearing this. It sounds like people allowing themselves to be the strangest version of themselves, and I find that inspiring. Interesting reading about their long and storied history, avanti garden approach and anonymity. I am amazed that they are still active as a band in 2023.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
4

A new experience for me. At first I was very put off by the vocalist's off key voice, but it suits the lyrics. I can't listen to this as background music ... yet. Over time I may be able too, but there is so much crazy in this, that my mind keeps getting drawn in to the sound and lyrics.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
3

Definitely unique. It's weird giving this 3 stars, as I usually give that to middle of the road, not particularly good, not particularly bad albums. This album isn't one of those, but flip-flops between "I wish I never had ears" and "This is musical genius"

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Sun Jan 28 2024
3

they say that art disturbs the comfortable and comforts the disturbed. an album that would make zappa proud, no doubt. dissonant, alien, surreal, anxious... a majority of the songs seem less like songs and more like cries for help. a few decent tracks like the one i've picked make you feel like you're in a demented moshpit, but a giant majority are just... weird.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
3

This is absolutely not for everyday listening, but strange enough quite interesting. I couldn't turn it off.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
3

Har rullat på 10 låtar med dem på Spotify. Annorlunda, absolut. Inte hört detta album tidigare. Min fru bad mig stänga av. Eller rättare sagt, stängde jag inte av så sker ett mord.

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Sat Apr 29 2023
2

3/10. It's hard to make a song about Constantinople that I won't like, but these guys did it. There were some kind of cool songs on there, and the sing-songy vocals did work with the weirdness of the sound, but at the end of the day it was just unpleasant to listen to much of the time.

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Sun Jun 18 2023
2

The Residents sound like a band that you’d see playing in a bar in an early David Lynch movie. I couldn’t listen to this LP before I went to bed because I was sure it would give me nightmares. The fact that they can create such an eerie, uneasy vibe is worth an extra point or two. I added another point when I saw in Spotify that it was released in 1972, which would make it “proto” something or another. But that seems to be a typo. 1978 sounds about right.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
2

And I thought Captain Beefheart was weird. Wow. And according to AllMusic, compared to their other albums, this is "probably the least experimental of the bunch". Still, I'm glad I listened to (some of) it. Many of the songs, like "Laughing Song", remind me of Les Claypool quite a bit. Interesting to see that Primus, Mr. Bungle, etc. didn't actually invent the circus-freak-music wheel. 2/5 for novelty, but probably will never listen to this group again.

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Thu Apr 20 2023
1

Godverdomme deze hakt er in. Alsof je op een verjaardag bent waar teveel kinderen zijn die allemaal van die Fisher Price rommel met batterijen erin hebben. Semi-willekeurige geluiden die vooral irritatie opwekken, maar dan ook nog dissonant als de ziekte. Wat kut. Ik kan vrijwel altijd wel iets positiefs vinden in een album maar in dit geval moet ik me gewonnen geven. Dieptepunt.

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Thu Apr 27 2023
1

The soundtrack to an art school version of the Smurfs, leaning heavily on Gargamel as the antihero. Mostly tedious crap, with occasional brief moments where it is mildly entertaining.

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Fri Apr 26 2024
1

Pure trash. I couldn’t rate this low enough.

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Wed May 01 2024
1

what in the fuck did i just listen to. absolute trash. Avant-garde art experiment masquerading as "music"

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Wed May 01 2024
1

WOW WE FOUND THE WORST ALBUM this album is fucking weird. also two hours long. This stressed me out to listen to. If I could give less than one star, I would

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Wed May 01 2024
1

This is painful, do I actually have to finish? I did, but through gritted teeth bc that was hot trash. Also lol at them first sending me to the deluxe 2 hour edition foh. I’d rate this lower if I could.

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Thu Jun 08 2023
5

I think I like The Residents but I'm not sure I'm cool enough to like The Residents.

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Mon Aug 07 2023
5

I listened to a residents album before. Ya know, the one with all the members of the beatles with strange looking eyes? Well it was that one. And I didn't remember the listen being a great experience. In fact I remembered it being quite an abrasive one. And I feel like for many members of this site, it will be the same case for this album. But man... what an absolute horror fest siesta this has been. I've been completely sucked into this horrifically grating, disjointed children's novel that the residents have chalked up for us. Albeit. The baby voice they frequent on many tracks is a little too much to bare. But these songs feel like something only a psychotic madman could conjure up. And it's not something that can be so easily recreated. This album is a horrifically terrifying, and occasionally hilarious stab at the music industry standard and I imagine I will be frequently revisiting it... on my own... with headphones... because I can't let people know I listen to this

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Wed Aug 23 2023
5

Bless the Residents. And Snakefinger, who is annoying for years already everyone in hell/heaven with his guitar riffs from outer space. Residents provided me the Matrix pill, I took the right pill and allowed them to f*uck up my mind forgood, they introduced me to whole new range of music. Like Eskimo music. While babysitting the baby started crying as if he was dying at the spot. I rushed to him and found him sound asleep. Sure, had the album Eskimo on, and there an Inuit child was being born. Or their "Commercial album", 40 (CD 50) catchy songs of 1 minute long. Most 3 minutes songs are just the same, repeated three times. What's the use of the 2nd and 3rd minute? Get on with it. Or their take on the bible, Wormwood. Or their brilliant cover versions of US artists like Elvis, Hank Williams, John Philip Sousa, Jame Brown. True American heroes.

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Fri Nov 17 2023
5

This is the most stupid, dog shit album I've ever heard. I love it. I hate how much I love it.

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Tue Nov 21 2023
5

This reminds me of the weirder parts from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory, and they focused on expanding the very weird parts. I would love to experience this live on some shrooms tbh

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

I knew the song Hello Skinny from a mix tape back in the 80s. So I was certainly expecting a weird album. Duck Stab doesn’t disappoint. It is delightfully weird. Never boring, the songs vary in what makes them weird and I was constantly excited to hear what was next. Constantinople must have been a response to or inspired by the song Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by They Might Be Giants. They make a great pairing. A reference to “Elmer Fudd” and “Auntie Maim” in Sinister Exaggerator? You could hear the homage to Green Onions in the short interlude The Booker Tease (see what they did there?!). This album wants me to have a daughter named Semolina (and maybe raise her on Cream of Wheat). How have I lived through 24 years and not played the wonderful Birthday Boy for someone on their birthday?! Weight lifting Lulu? A song called Krafty Cheese that warns plants to be careful? The brilliant dissonant Hello Dolly ending of Hello Skinny? It all ends with the painfully comprehensible yet utterly wackadoo The Electrocutioner. There is a great deal of musical mastery at play here in creating the off-kilter tunes. The Residents’ crazy songs work for me! Yes, most of those around me seem to hate it and I don’t expect it to be tolerated at my next social gathering, but I think it’s terrific! “A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men.” - W. Wonka

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

Delightfully wacky and wonderfully weird. Loved every freaky minute.

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

I'm not exactly sure how to classify this, but there was something very appealing to me throughout. Is it really something that I love? Something that I will ever think, "Oh, you know what would fit this mood..."? No, probably not. But is it an experience that made an impression on me and that I might someday think, "What was that weird one that we listened to...I think that I kind of miss it?", yeah, I think that it may be.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

What gets me are the people who are angry or take it all too seriously. I used to have a friend who loved these guys in the 80's and to be honest I didn't understand and thought them silly. I was wrong.

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Sat Feb 10 2024
5

A gem in the "psycho weirdo shit" genre. The Residents are one of the most interesting groups of all time and I love them. Some people might call it artsy bullshit for nerds, but I view them as just a bunch of dudes having fun with silly effects. It's so fun. You never know what in the everloving fuck you're in for when a new song starts. It always keeps you entertained and never bored. I don't know why, but I don't find this scary in the slightest. It's just silly. It's the 70s version of "reverb fart sound effect punjabi remix" memes you would find in the deepest trenches of Youtube. Always a good day when an album like this pops up. To quote my own Kollaps review, "This is what we all deserve to be listening to as we embrace eternal oblivion." Honestly? Fuck it. 5/5. I might have an infatuation with goofy music.

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Sat Mar 09 2024
5

Sounds like an whackier old school Primus.. I dig. I also feel like it’s my job to offset some of the bad ratings. I am literally here for this insane shit I’ve never heard before!

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Wed Mar 27 2024
5

I'd known this that is perfect album, like the "It was perfect, just perfect. Everything down to the last minute details." meme. It's a classic 5/5

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Mon Apr 01 2024
5

This album is a dark churning avant-garde masterpiece. I find that some bands were clunky in their adoption of synthesized music but the Residents use emergent electronic music to great effect. It give the music a menacing simmering quality that makes the listener feel uneasy. Lyrically this album is similarly disorienting. There are moments that predict later experimental acts and call forth contemporary classical music such as Phillip Glass. I enjoyed every weird second of this album.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

**Lyrics**: The lyrics in "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen" are cryptic, surreal, and often absurd, reflecting The Residents' penchant for unconventional storytelling. Themes of paranoia, existential angst, and societal critique permeate the album. For example, in "Constantinople," the lyrics describe a bizarre journey through a surreal cityscape, while "Hello Skinny" offers a darkly humorous take on identity and self-perception. The enigmatic nature of the lyrics invites interpretation, allowing listeners to derive their own meanings from the surreal imagery presented. **Music**: Musically, "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen" is a tour de force of experimentation. The album incorporates elements of punk, electronic music, and avant-garde composition, creating a sonic landscape that is both jarring and captivating. The use of unconventional instruments, such as toy instruments and tape loops, adds to the album's distinct sound. Tracks like "The Electrocutioner" and "Sinister Exaggerator" showcase The Residents' ability to create unsettling yet compelling musical arrangements that defy traditional categorization. **Production**: The production on "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen" is innovative and ahead of its time. The album's sound is characterized by its use of lo-fi recording techniques, unconventional sound effects, and layered production. Each track is meticulously crafted, with attention to detail evident in the intricate arrangements and sonic textures. The experimental nature of the production adds to the album's overall sense of unease and unpredictability, creating an immersive listening experience that challenges the conventions of popular music. **Themes**: Thematically, "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen" explores themes of alienation, paranoia, and the absurdity of modern life. The album's lyrics often depict surreal scenarios and characters, reflecting the band's fascination with the bizarre and the grotesque. However, beneath the surface of the album's eccentricity lies a deeper commentary on the human condition and the absurdity of existence. Through its surreal imagery and existential themes, "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen" invites listeners to question the nature of reality and confront the inherent strangeness of the world around them. **Influence**: "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen" has had a significant influence on the development of experimental and avant-garde music. Its innovative blend of punk, electronic, and avant-garde elements has inspired countless artists across various genres. The album's use of unconventional instrumentation and production techniques paved the way for future experimentation in music production. Additionally, The Residents' fearless approach to lyrical and thematic exploration has served as a blueprint for artists seeking to push the boundaries of conventional songwriting. **Pros**: 1. Innovative and experimental musical arrangements. 2. Surreal and thought-provoking lyrics. 3. Meticulously crafted production. 4. Influential in the development of avant-garde music. 5. Immersive listening experience that challenges conventions. **Cons**: 1. May be too avant-garde for some listeners, resulting in a polarizing reception. 2. Lyrics and themes may be too abstract for casual listeners to fully appreciate. 3. Short runtime may leave some listeners wanting more. In conclusion, "Duck Stab/Buster & Glen" stands as a groundbreaking work of avant-garde music that defies categorization and challenges listeners to expand their musical horizons. With its innovative production, surreal lyrics, and thematic depth, the album remains a seminal work in the experimental music canon, continuing to inspire artists and listeners alike decades after its release.

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Thu Apr 25 2024
5

Wow, I didn't want to like it at first, but I realize I love it. Definitely sending Birthday boy to a close friend next year. The Playlist TIDAL suggested after this is spot on.

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Thu Apr 25 2024
5

A pointed avant garde effort from Shreveports finest pop combo.

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Tue Apr 18 2023
4

Well, that was certainly an experience. I've never heard of The Residents before, but I don't think I'll be forgetting about this album for a long time. This album really wasn't my taste, but I did enjoy "The Booker Tease" and "Hello Skinny," and "Laughing Song" really made me think of Les Claypool's vocals on "My Name is Mud." Overall though, I didn't care too much for the odd song structure or lyrics. The instrumentation was good though, I can definitely see why this is an important album in the scope of popular music. I would be willing to bet that Ween and Primus were heavily influenced by The Residents, and I'd be that other bands like Devo and Talking Heads were influenced by them to a degree as well. Even though this album wasn't my jam, I think it's worthy of four stars. It sets out to be avant garde, and it hits the mark square on.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
4

What if Looney Tunes characters had a collective bad acid trip? This would be the result - at first I was a bit bewildered by it but after a couple of listens I think this is a rather strange unique treasure - it’s bizarre but well done and executed - weird but never boring. I liked it.

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Mon Jun 19 2023
4

This isn't my favorite Residents album. The songs are so outside the realm of typical music. They aren't especially listenable, and yet, they have a way of worming themselves in for me. They're actually more concise, focused, structured and approachable than much of The Residents' earlier catalog, as if they wanted to create a sort of avant-garde pop album. It also seems like we wouldn't have gotten bands like Ween or Primus without early Residents albums like this one (or at least those bands may have developed differently). Difficult to rate this one, but I think it's worth consideration and even multiple listens, 4 stars.

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Thu Jun 29 2023
4

Not my favourite residents record but I like their Avantgarde rock anyways. Strange but wonderful

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Sun Jul 09 2023
4

when it comes to any sort of art there are two type of weird: good weird and bad weird. this album was a fat chunk of good weird with some bad thrown in for good measure. i bet les claypool likes this album

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Wed Aug 02 2023
4

Coolt album.trodde av nån orsak att det skulle påminna om The Replacements

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Wed Aug 02 2023
4

Fun to see something this demented appear on this list. #residentssweep

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Mon Aug 14 2023
4

Algjört ævintýri. Þú veist aldrei hvað gerist næst. Viðbrögð mín vou allt á bilinu hláturskast að geispa.

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Wed Aug 16 2023
4

Needed some weird shit after a string of formulaic albums.

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Mon Sep 04 2023
4

a fantastic album to lose one’s mind to. Demented . One sees how Primus (certainly), Ween, and the Butthole Surfers would not have existed without The Residents. Creepy storytelling, strange moods, twisted humor. The synths are lightly detuned, lending an eerie air to the proceedings. Vocals are sped up or slowed down to enhance the unreal affect. 3 minute songs make this thing go down easier than it otherwise might. Muffled drums in the background, mixed in such a way that one questions whether they are drums at all. I guess this could go for many instruments on this album. Guitars are barely guitars, basses barely basses. I’m sure this helped usher out the peace and love drug era and help enhance the vast, weird, disturbing promise that lurked in LSD all along.

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Mon Sep 11 2023
4

I remember being a teenager watching MTV in the middle of the night and seeing The Residents for the first time. They had played "The Act of Being Polite" and I genuinely felt deeply unsettled and mildly terrified. But I have always been morbidly curious about The Residents ever since. They're more Dadaist art project than rock band, touching the edge of commercial success while still making sure to make you firmly uncomfortable. Like all good art should, it definitely evokes a reaction. You'll either love it or hate it, or possibly both at once.

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Sat Sep 23 2023
4

Wild wild ride. I can hear the influences of early They Might Be Giants, early Ween, and so many more of my favorite college radio faves. This album is weird and offputting and at times legitimately unsettling. VERY COOL

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Thu Oct 05 2023
4

Listen 1: What in all that is holy have I just listened to? Listen 2: Hey, those are some pretty neat melodies behind that overdubbed voice Listen 3: Why am I liking this? What is wrong with me? Let's see if that preserved and extended version has some bonus material that might be interesting Listen 4: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

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Sun Oct 08 2023
4

Looks like you could not do wrong in the late 70s, early 80s. Lots of inventive, original works which really worked. This one is so full of weird voices, layers of different sounds, innovative compositions put together in a strange excellent record... and it is not even the Top 10 of best original albums from that marvelous 1978

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Sun Oct 29 2023
4

Like it’s weird. Its interesting. Never gonna listen to it again though

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Wed Nov 01 2023
4

Pretty amazing, it's not at all my usual type of listening, but i really enjoyed the novelty and difference of how music was presented by it. I think its damn good, and I would happily listen to it again.

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Thu Nov 23 2023
4

In 1987, my college roommate and I used to listen to "Hello Skinny" over and over again and laugh and laugh. Somehow the sinister clarinets would get me every single time. There were a number of other songs we listened to by The Residents that we liked, but none from this album, other than maybe "Constantinople." I noticed that the first listen to this album as a whole was a bit challenging, but I was a bit more endeared upon a second survey of the songs. I mean, it is okay to laugh while listening, right? There's some fun crazy stuff here.

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Mon Dec 18 2023
4

This sort of feels like the evil version of Sparks. I mean, you got high register, goofy songs that take some getting used to, especially when it comes to this album. However, the Residents are not here to make pop masterpieces, but rather avant garde art that can be hard to stomach for the average person. Me liking this album does not mean those who don't are dumb, because of course not, this is just straight weird. I'm just intrigued and pulled in by the shock of it all, so when you get something that actually rocks, it really does rock. If anything I'd say the amount of songs makes it repetitive to listen to, not so much strange, although that is certainly there. I don't know man, I just think this is a neat collection of the anti-mainstream and macabre, and it scratches some itches doing so.

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Wed Dec 20 2023
4

Yes to all this. Gonna explore more

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Thu Dec 21 2023
4

What can I say? Well, actually… I think I could say a lot. It’s outsider art. I thought that was pretty obvious. It’s an intentional deconstruction of music. If you listen to the rhythm section, the underlying beats are all pretty simple, almost punk like. And the discomfort that people feel when listening to the album is because it doesn’t behave in the way they expect, there’s no structure, the melodies never go where you expect, the harmonies don’t resolve in a satisfying way. But what that does is encourage you to question why it puts you on edge, why you dislike it. And some of the sounds are supposed to piss you off. The music that I dislike most is stuff that bores me, stuff where I can’t see the idea that somebody had, or see that the idea was just to rip off something that was already done better by another artist. Duck Stab/Buster and Glen is 100% the opposite of that. The Residents have ideas, and they put them into practise in the best way they know how. So if you dislike The Residents, I would really encourage you to question why, you might discover something about yourself. I’m tempted to give this five stars, cos I know it’d piss off a load of people, but…

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Fri Dec 22 2023
4

interesting sound...overall enjoyed the quirkiness of it.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
4

I loved this it's like Ween & Primus had a weird little baby, surely The Residents were influential to those bands! Enjoyed the rabbit hole of learning about this group & will certainly explore more

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Sun Jan 14 2024
4

Fascinatingly bizarre and unsettling, The Residents have turned the art rock genre on it's head with a descent into the macabre. Using music as a means of sonic expression as opposed to the typical comforting melody and lyrics, The Residents walked so later Avant Garde groups could run.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

If your up for some weird shit this is the album for you.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
4

Very weird music. Fascinating. Favorite song: the electrocutioner.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
4

Nice! Didn't know about them

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Sat Jan 27 2024
4

This is a chronological log of my thoughts while listening to this: WTF? Why is this on the list, but more importantly, why does this even exist? Man, imagine you started dating someone and things seemed promising. But then one week early on, they’re like “Hey wanna go see this band I like?” and you show up and it’s this shit??? How many relationships have broken up at or right after their concerts? This is so bad that it’s gone past bad and might be good? Some of these songs mildly resemble music. Hmm I like this one. Oh fuck, I think I like this. Okay, I’m nothing if not entertained.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
4

I didn't know what to expect from this album, I'm vaguely aware of The Residents as the top hat eyeball band with secret identities that some people thought were actually The Beatles. I've been curious about them but I didn't know where to start. That's one of great things about this project, it just said here's your first Residents album, dig in. I'm hearing Primus, a little They Might Be Giants' darker side and Ween at their brownest, circa The Pod or Godweensatan. Pretty cool. I don't know if I'm down for a real deep dive but I'm into it.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
4

Hela albumet skulle kunna vara Pink Floyds sämsta låt. Rolig, intressant och till en början är det inte ens tråkigt. Skulle kunna vart kortare men annars ganska coolt.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
4

This shit is fucking awesome. Don’t get me wrong, it’s objectively bad music. But it’s SO interesting. It reminded me of the music that would play during a creepy Disneyland ride, and the theme song of American Horror Story. I wanted to keep listening to hear how the album progressed. If I’m being honest, this is not a good album to work to. I was working on a stressful task during the last 3 songs, and I started to have an anxiety attack. All that said, super fun listen. Birthday Boy - Version 1 shall be my birthday anthem henceforth.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
4

I sent a link for Lizard Lady to a friend with context. He said "I didn't like it. It hurt my ears." I thought it was a very interesting listen. Definitely weird. Has a folk meets noise kind of vibe. I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars using the scale below: 1 ⭐means I didn't finish and have no intention/desire to. 2 ⭐⭐means I didn't finish but wouldn't mind listening more, 3 ⭐⭐⭐means I finished it but probably won't seek out more, 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐means I finished and I liked it, 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐means it is likely to be added to my regular listening and I may seek it more similar material

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Wed Apr 17 2024
4

endlich was experimentelles es ist sehr nervig aber ich mag es gerötete einstichstelle fun und psychedelisch

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