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Bach Is Dead is a song from The Residents Duck Stab EP, released February of 1978. It name drops composer Search Results Johann Sebastian Bach.


Bach Is Dead was recorded in 1977 by The Residents & Snakefinger during a break from the intense Eskimo sessions. It was first released on the Duck Stab EP, and later appeared on the Duck Stab / Buster & Glenn LP.

The song features nonsensical and intentionally ominous lyrics, detailing a ritual in mourning of Bach. Who the subjects believe is dead.

It was considered for The Residents 10th anniversary performances, and was rehearsed during the 1982 Assorted Secrets sessions, but was scrapped along with the 10th anniversary. It was first performed live at the Adobe Disfigured Night Show in 1997. It was later remixed in 2010 for potential inclusion in the Lonely Teenager album, this remix appeared on Summer Songs and D*ck S*ab.

In 2021 it was included in the Duck Stab Alive TV special, and subsequently featured in the Dog Stab performances.[1]


Walking women want to see
The Southern Cross at night.
And so they set aside a sock
And tie their laces tight.
Yes, mournful is the melody
That echoes in their heads.
Without a beat they march along
Believing Bach is dead.



  1. Setlist.FM
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1977 Studio Version (1:12)
  3. 3.0 3.1 1982 Rehearsal Version (1:20)
  4. 4.0 4.1 1997 Live Version (2:05)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 2010 Remix Version (2:26) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":2" defined multiple times with different content
  6. 1977 Studio Version Edit (0:19)

Duckstab-sml-transparent.png Duck Stab! EP

Side A:
"Laughing Song" · "Blue Rosebuds" · "Constantinople"

Side B:
"The Booker Tease" · "Sinister Exaggerator · "Bach Is Dead" · "Elvis And His Boss"

The Residents · Snakefinger

Related works
Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen · D*ck S*ab - 35th Anniversary · Dog Stab! · Duck Stab Alive!

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Duckbuster-sml-transparent.png Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen

Side A: Duck Stab!
"Constantinople" · "Sinister Exaggerator" · "The Booker Tease" · "Blue Rosebuds" · "Laughing Song" · "Bach Is Dead" · "Elvis And His Boss"

Side B: Buster & Glen
"Lizard Lady" · "Semolina" · "Birthday Boy" · "Weight-Lifting Lulu" · "Krafty Cheese" · "Hello Skinny" · "The Electrocutioner"

The Residents · Snakefinger · Ruby

Related works
Duck Stab! EP · "Soulful Sax" · "Ow Boutthat" · "When Johnny Comes Marching" · "Unlisted" · "Santa Dog '78" · "Guylum Bardot '78" · "Hello Skinny" video · D*ck S*ab - 35th Anniversary · Dog Stab! · Duck Stab! Alive!

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Ralph Records · The Cryptic Corporation · Grove St. studio · Pore No Graphics · Graeme Whifler · Eskimo · "Satisfaction" · Not Available · The Rick & Ruby Show‏‏‎