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A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big is a compilation album by The Residents, released on November 8th 2019 on Cherry Red/MVD as part of the group's ongoing pREServed reissue campaign.

The compilation features the group's recordings from 1971 and 1972, prior to their official inception as The Residents, including the previously released The W***** B*** Album and B.S. demo tapes, as well as unheard live recordings from the era.

History

A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big includes pREServed and remastered studio and live recordings dating from 1971 and 1972, before the group's official inception as The Residents with the release of the Santa Dog EP. Almost all of the material featured on the two-disc set has never before been issued on CD.

It includes the group's 1971 The W***** B*** Album and B.S. demo tapes (previously released only as limited Record Store Day vinyl-only pressings in 2018 and 2019 respectively), as well as the group's live recordings from this era, including The Boarding House performance, and the never before heard Philip's Wedding and Chris' Party recordings from 1972.

A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big does not feature material recorded prior to 1971, such as "I Hear Ya Got Religion", "Moonman", The Ballad of Stuffed Trigger, or Rusty Coathangers for the Doctor, and does not include the alternate takes of "Maggie's Farm" and "Sweet Meat" first heard on the 2012 compilation ERA B474. It also does not include the unreleased 1988 "orchestral" remix of "Cantaten To Der Dyin Prunen", or any tracks from the 2003 remix project WB:RMX.

The album is named after a silkscreen print made by the group in the early 1970s, after a road trip where a member of the group saw the phrase written above a large hole in a public toilet stall in Texas. Postcards of the original print (which appears to bear the signature of N. Senada) were included with early copies of the compilation purchased through the Cherry Red Records website.

Track listing

Disc One - The W***** B*** Album

(*) indicates tracks which are previously unreleased.

  1. The W***** B*** Album Suite 1 (8:17)
    1. Strawberry Fields Forever (Lennon/McCartney)
    2. Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany Pt. 1
    3. Baby Skeletons and Dogs
    4. Bop Bop Shu Bop
    5. Stuffed Genital
    6. Christmas Morning Foto
    7. Every Day I Masturbate on a Merican Fag
    8. Oh Mummy, Oh Daddy, Can't You See That It's True
    9. Baby Skeletons and Dogs #2
  2. The W***** B*** Album Suite 2 (10:41)
    1. Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany Pt. 2
    2. Going to Arcata Blues
    3. Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany Pt. 3
    4. Black Velvet Original
    5. Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany Pt. 4
    6. Jimi Hendrix Dildo
    7. Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany Pt. 5
    8. In the Still of the Night
    9. Maggie's Farm (Dylan)
    10. Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany Pt. 6
    11. Snot and Feces Live at the Grunt Festival
    12. Sweet Meat
  3. The W***** B*** Album Suite 3 (9:36)
    1. Oh Yeah Uhh Bop Shu Bop
    2. Om Is Where The Art Is
    3. Concerto in R Flat Minor
    4. Gagagapiggaeoupe
    5. Sold American
    6. Love Theme From a Major Motion Picture
    7. Prelude for Accordion, Sousaphone and French Horn
    8. Oh God You're a Pie in the Sky
    9. Short Circuit Comes to Town
    10. Marching Toward A E I O U Blues
  4. The W***** B*** Album Suite 4 (10:51)
    1. In the Still of the Night Again / Rumba
    2. Fourth Crucifixion in Five Years
    3. Oh Mummy, Oh Daddy, Can't You See That It's True Again
    4. Art the White Elephant
    5. Psychedelic and Orgasmic Finale
  5. The Boarding House Show (13:08)
  6. Philip's Wedding Concentrate (*) (7:44)

Disc Two - B.S.

  1. We Stole This Riff (Buckley) (1:50)
  2. Holelottadick (Bonham/Dixon/Jones/Page/Plant) (2:20)
  3. B.S.(1:04)
  4. Deepsea Diver Song (4:05)
  5. King Kong (Zappa) (3:20)
  6. Cantaten to Der Dyin Prunen (Senada) (5:51)
  7. Intro Tape/Somethin' Devilish (2:45)
  8. N. Senada Tribute (1:51)
  9. The Fourth Crucifixion (3:19)
  10. James Dean's Death (0:22)
  11. Hallowed Be Thy Wean (incorporating Pink Lemonade, Sandman, Eat Me Mother, a selection of untitled instrumentals, Bumble Bee, Eloise, Snakefinger's Wedding, Kamikaze Lady, Miss Peggy Honeydew and D Is for Doorknob, a number of announcements, The Three Most Important Things in the Whole Wide World and more) (14:25)
  12. Chris' Party (*) (13:25)
  13. Intro Tape '71 (unlisted) (3:10)

Liner notes

Before there was this thing we call The Residents there was... something else. Something undefined and meandering. A sprawling mass of interesting and interested people centred around a group of guys from Louisiana, none of whom really had any idea what they were doing or who they were.

Among the many projects this collective undertook during the early 1970s was the recording and performance of music. Against all expectations, some of it wasn't too bad, and over time this material acquired a mythology and a status all of its own, and one which The Residents themselves remain uncertain it warrants. However, as the group's fame grew so too did public demand for this early stuff, and some forty-plus years after they were recorded two of those pre-Residential demo tapes finally surfaced via two exclusive vinyl-only releases.

But demand continued to grow, materialism being what it is. And so, despite their ongoing uncertainty regarding the validity of the material, the group have been persuaded to compile it together here for the first time. Namely those two demo tapes - now known as 'The W***** B*** Album' and 'B.S.' for obvious reasons - and a selection of live performance recordings made before it all got so... serious.

The Residents hope you'll enjoy this stuff, and take it in the spirit and context in which it was made. Or choose to cast it aside and reject it as official Residents canon. Whatever. Either way you already bought it, and that's a done deal.

New Ralph Too

Legend has it that The Residents, having migrated from Louisiana, arrived in Northern California in the late '60s en masse, and while the story is generally true, the reality is not so neat and tidy.

The group had indeed resettled in the San Francisco Bay Area by 1970, but there were still occasional returns to The South as they moved equipment, a huge music collection and personal items to their new home. On one such occasion, three of the then unnamed band ventured through the vast wasteland known as West Texas. As anyone who has attempted to cross this empty expanse of ugly nothing knows, West Texas lasts forever. Taking a break from the heat, boredom and tedium, they stopped at a small gas station outside of Pecos for a bathroom break, and as each returned to the car his companions were shocked by the intensity of his hysterical laughter. Finally, monumentally curious, the third member of the group cautiously entered the men's room, flipped on the light and looked around. Not initially noticing anything, he stepped up to the toilet, pulled out his member and looked up. Immediately above the filthy crapper was a hole in the wall the size of an elephant's foot, and written next to it was the expression, "A nickel if your dick's this big."

It was the perfect antidote for the mindless monotony of West Texas, and, unable to forget this unexpected interruption to the final phase of their southern exodus, The Residents memorialized the sentiment in a silkscreen print several months later.

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Wbalbum-transparent-sml.png The W***** B*** Album
(recorded 1971, released 2018)

Side A
"Strawberry Fields Forever" · "The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany" · "Baby Skeletons and Dogs" ("Oh Mummy, Oh Daddy, Can't You See That It's True") · "Going to Arcata Blues" · "Black Velvet Original" · "Jimi Hendrix Dildo" · "In the Still of the Night" · "Maggie's Farm" · "Snot and Feces Live at the Grunt Festival" · "Sweet Meat"

Side B
"Oh Yeah Uhh Bop Shoo Bop" · "Ohm is Where the Art Is" · "Concerto in R Flat Minor" · "Gagagapiggaeioupe" · "Sold American" · "Love Theme from a Major Motion Picture" · "Prelude for Accordion, Sousaphone and French Horn" · "Oh God You're a Pie in the Sky" · "Short Circuit Comes to Town" · "Marching Toward AEIOU Blues" · "In the Still of the Night Again / Rumba" · "Oh Mummy, Oh Daddy, Can't You See That It's True Again" · "Art the White Elephant" · "Psychedelic and Orgasmic Finale"

Personnel
Ensenada and Spontaneous Cumbustion · Jim Whitaker · Bob Tangney

Related works
WB:RMX · ERA B474 · The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss · A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big

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The Delta Nudes · San Mateo apartment · Hal Halverstadt · Residents, Uninc. · Punographics Ltd. · Warner Bros. Records · The Beatles · Bob Dylan · Richard Nixon · Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! show

Bslogo-offwhite-transparent-sml.png B.S.
(recorded 1971, released 2019)

Side A
"We Stole This Riff" · "Holelottadick" · "B.S." · "Deepsea Diver Song" · "King Kong" · "Cantaten to der Dyin Prunen"

Side B
"Somethin' Devilish" · "The Fourth Crucifixion" · "Hallowed Be Thy Wean" ("Pink Lemonade" · "Sandman" · "Eat Me Mother" · "Bumble Bee" · "Eloise" · "Somethin' Devilish" · "Kamakazi Lady" · "D For Doorknob" · "The Three Most Important Things In The Whole Wide World")

Personnel
Residents, Uninc. · Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman · N. Senada · Peggy Honeydew (Margaret Smyk)

Related works
The Boarding House performance ("Intro Tape '71") · "A Live Radio Broadcast" · Philip's Wedding · Chris' Party · ERA B474 · The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss · A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big

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The W***** B*** Album · San Mateo apartment · Hal Halverstadt · Porno Graphics · Tim Buckley · Led Zeppelin · Frank Zappa · Randy Newman · Vileness Fats‏‏‎

Wbrmx-sml-transparent.png The Delta Nudes / Residents, Uninc.
(1967 - 1974)

Major works
Rusty Coathangers for the Doctor (1970) · The Ballad of Stuffed Trigger (1970) · The W***** B*** Album (1971) · B.S. (1971) · Santa Dog (1972)

Other recordings
"I Hear Ya Got Religion" / "Moonman" (1969) · 1-10 (With A Touch of 11) (ca. 1973)

Compilation albums
ERA B474 (2012) · The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss (2013) · The Residents Present The Delta Nudes (2016) · A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big (2019)

Live shows
The Boarding House, October 18th 1971 · Philip's Wedding, October 31st 1971 · Chris' Party, October 19th 1972

Collaborators
Randy Rose · Charles Bobuck · Hardy Fox · Homer Flynn · Palmer Eiland · Roger "Bunny" Hartley · Jay Clem · John Kennedy · Roland Sheehan · Bob Tangney · Jim Whitaker · N. Senada · Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman · Peggy Honeydew (Margaret Swaton) · The Singing Lawn Chairs (Pamela Zeibak)

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San Mateo apartment · Hal Halverstadt · Porno Graphics · Sycamore St. studio · Ralph Records · The Residents · Vileness Fats · Meet The Residents · The Third Reich 'n Roll · "Satisfaction" · "Aphids In The Hall" · The Cryptic Corporation · WB:RMX‎‎‏‏‎

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