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Chewing Hides The Sound is the debut solo album by Snakefinger, released in 1979 on Ralph Records. It is co-produced by The Residents, and likely features un-credited musical performances from the group.


History

Chewing Hides The Sound was recorded by Snakefinger in collaboration with The Residents, who co-produced and co-wrote many of the songs on the album with him and also performed much of the instrumentation.

The album has the distinction of featuring the first recorded cover version of Kraftwerk's "The Model"; it also features a cover of "Magic and Ecstasy" by Ennio Morricone from the score of John Boorman's film Exorcist II: The Heretic.

Chewing Hides The Sound also introduces "Picnic In The Jungle", which would later be performed by The Residents with Snakefinger in 1986 on their 13th Anniversary Show tour.

"Picnic In The Jungle" would be combined with The Residents' "Aircraft Damage" in 1992 to create "Kick A Picnic" for the mash-up album Our Finest Flowers.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Snakefinger and The Residents unless noted.

Side One (16:33)

  1. The Model (Hutter/Bartos/Schult) (3:39)
  2. Kill The Great Raven (3:05)
  3. Jesus Was A Leprechaun (2:00)
  4. Here Come The Bums (Ft. Phil Culp) (2:51)
  5. The Vivian Girls (2:07)*
  6. Magic and Ecstacy (Ft. Don Jackovich) (Morricone) (2:51)

Side Two (17:52)

  1. Who Is The Culprit And Who Is The Victim? (2:59)
  2. What Wilbur? (2:35)
  3. Picnic In The Jungle (4:00)
  4. Friendly Warning (2:39)
  5. I Love Mary (2:33)
  6. The Vultures Of Bombay (3:06)

*Most LP pressings mistime this as 2:59

2016 Klanggalerie expanded CD version

  1. The Model (Hutter/Bartos/Schult) (3:41)
  2. Kill The Great Raven (3:05)
  3. Jesus Was A Leprechaun (2:01)
  4. Here Comes The Bums (Ft. Phil Culp) (2:50)
  5. The Vivian Girls (2:08)
  6. Magic And Ecstasy (Ft. Don Jackovich) (Morricone) (2:50)
  7. Who Is The Culprit And Who Is The Victim? (2:59)
  8. What Wilbur? (2:35)
  9. Picnic In The Jungle (3:57)
  10. Friendly Warning (2:42)
  11. I Love Mary (2:31)
  12. The Vultures Of Bombay (Ft. Steven Brown) (3:03)
  13. The Spot (2:59)
  14. Smelly Tongues (Residents) (2:29)
  15. Talkin' In The Town (2:37)

Credits

  • Produced by: Snakefinger & The Residents
  • Cover Artwork by: Pore No Graphics
  • Don Jackovich: Percussion on Magic & Ecstasy 
  • Phil Culp: Bass on Here Come The Bums
  • Steven Brown: Soprano Saxophone on The Vultures Of Bombay
  • All Songs written by Snakefinger & The Residents except
    • The Model: Schult/Bartos/Hutter
    • Magic & Ecstacy: Morricone
    • I Love Mary: Traditional 

Release history

Year Label Format Region Length Notes
1979 Ralph Records LP US 35:17
Virgin UK 34:25 Correctly timed
Celluloid FRA
1981 35:17
Missing Link LP AU
Cassette
RTC LP NZ
1987 Torso NL
Virgin GR
1999 East Side Digital CD US 34:18
Bomba Records JPN
2016 Klanggalerie AT 34:22 With three additional bonus tracks

See also

External links and references

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