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Black Tar and the Cry Babies (also known simply as Black Tar or TAR) were a Residents offshoot project supposedly formed by the group's keyboardist and primary composer Charles Bobuck and producer/arranger Hardy Fox in 1982 following the split of The Cryptic Corporation.

Black Tar and the Cry Babies first came to the attention of Residents/Bobuck fans on Halloween 2015, with the release of the Season of the Witch EP. Further releases followed at least annually on each Halloween until 2017.

The "complete works" of Black Tar and the Cry Babies were compiled into a self-titled album and released on Klanggalerie in 2019.


"Black Tar and the Cry Babies formed in 1982 when natural cell division, as foretold in the Book of Ibbur, forced the creation of two groups from what was originally only singular.  One would carry the plus banner of the original Residents and the other would become the TAR, the minus creation, the un-Residents some would say, though that implies the un was a lesser embodiment. This was not true." Hardy Fox, April 1st 2017[1]

Despite their ostensible longevity and prolific recording activity, Black Tar and the Cry Babies were only referenced for the first time by The Residents in October 2015, with the special Halloween digital release of the Season of the Witch EP, and little more would be heard from this project until Charles Bobuck and Hardy Fox retired from The Residents and The Cryptic Corporation in 2016.

All known Black Tar tracks were collected and released on the compilations 13 Tiny Tunes for Hallow's Eve, TAR-Nation, Tarnation Serafini and Black Tar and the Cry Babies between 2016 and 2019.


Unreleased "albums"

Hardy Fox detailed a previously unknown and lengthy discography for Black Tar and the Cry Babies in his April 1st 2017 Hacienda Bridge newsletter, which included a sample from each of the unreleased "albums" listed in the newsletter. Little is known about these supposed recordings, although the released tracks have since been claimed by Walter Robotka of Klanggalerie to have been "ironic sound clips often not even using Hardy's own music".[2] 

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