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D*ck S*ab is a compilation CD-R album by The Residents, released in 2012 via the Robot Selling Device in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen album.


Around the time of the 35th anniversary of the release of Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen, The Residents began composing sketches for a "reimagining" of the classic album entitled Duck Stab Re-Imagined but abandoned this idea before developing it any further.

These sketches, among other versions of the Duck Stab! tracks, ultimately made up the tracklisting of the D*ck S*ab 35th anniversary digital release. Some of these ended up on the pREServed Edition of Duck Stab.

Track Listing

  1. Booker Tease (2:24)
  2. Lizard Lady (Lonely Teenager, 2010) (3:07)
  3. Elvis And His Boss (1:39)
  4. Blue Rosebuds (RMX, 2007) (3:23)
  5. Semolina (2009, Demo) (3:45)
  6. Weightlifting Lulu (3:17)
  7. Birthday Boy (3:07)
  8. Sinister Exaggerator (3:25)
  9. Constantinople (Live 1997) (1:55)
  10. Bach Is Dead (2:26)
  11. Semolina (Live 1986) - Ft. Snakefinger (3:48)
  12. Krafty Cheese (2:28)
  13. Constantinople (2:36)
  14. Laughing Song (2009 Demo) (2:23)
  15. The Electrocutioner (2:39)
  16. Laughing Song (1:19)
  17. Lizard Lady / Hello Skinny (Live 2005) (5:10)
  18. Semolina (4:26)
  19. Blue Rosebuds (4:02)
  20. Hello Skinny (4:01)

Liner Notes

"DUCK STAB was almost not released. The songs were considered a bit too much fluff for the path The Residents were following. After all, at that time they were working on, perhaps, their biggest claim to artistic and critical success, ESKIMO.

But ESKIMO was proving to be a lot to bite off. It teetered on the brink of flagrant pretension and tedious boredom for so long that the anticipated 1978 release was scrapped. The Residents did have some tracks they could slap together to release. Not an album's worth, however. So Ralph Records made do with a 7" EP of seven songs, named DUCK STAB.

As that little vinyl record went into production, Ralph suggested they do a follow-up EP. The group was happy to have a distraction from ESKIMO which was on the verge of being abandoned. Again they recorded seven tracks and called the new EP, BUSTER & GLEN.

Meanwhile, DUCK STAB was flying off the shelves of record stores worldwide. Ralph Records felt that they would have a winner if only it was an album. Before BUSTER & GLEN was ever pressed, Ralph turned it into the second side of an album clumsily titled DUCK STAB / BUSTER & GLEN

It too was a huge seller. Eventually, the name was simplified to DUCK STAB but still included all 14 original songs from the two EPs

This was the first real insight anyone had that The Residents were capable of writing pop songs, albeit eclectic ones. It has probably influenced more impressionable young people to start playing music than any recording since Elvis.

DUCK STAB has been in print for the last 35 years.

The songs from DUCK STAB have been rearranged and reworked over the years. This is a collection of some of those altered versions."

- The Cryptic Corporation


See also

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!

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