Diskomo is a 1980 EP by The Residents. Designed as a "disco" version of musical themes from their acclaimed Eskimo album, the EP also contains Goosebump, a sequence of tracks recorded by the band with Snakefinger using toy instruments.

History Edit

Diskomo Edit

After Eskimo was released, The Residents responded to the furor of fuss and praise it generated by taking various bits out of the album and re-working them to a disco parody of the original. The band then took over San Francisco's largest disco hall and held a release party featuring "weird" and "new" music.

Similar to "Santa Dog", The Residents have revisited and re-recorded "Diskomo" a number of times since the original release, including in 1992 and 2000.

Goosebump Edit

Goosebump is a collection of Mother Goose rhymes set to music with all of the "original sinister overtones" left in place. The Residents had long planned to produce a children's record (of sorts) and teamed up with their long-time collaborator Snakefinger to record the songs using only musical instruments bought at Toys-R-Us. Although children's toys were used to produce the music, The Residents' grown-up toys were used afterwards in the mixing of the recording.


Goosebump cover art, 1980

Release Edit

Diskomo was released on CD by Torso in 1988, without the Goosebump tracks (which had instead been appended onto their reissue of Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen). The track list of the Diskomo CD instead included "Whoopy Snorp" and "Saint Nix" from the Residue of The Residents compilation, and a live version of "Diskomo" from 1987.

Track listing Edit

Side A (Diskomo) Edit

  1. Diskomo (8:00)

Side B (Goosebump) Edit

  1. Disaster (3:48)
  2. Plants (3:14)
  3. Farmers (5:27)
  4. Twinkle (1:58)

Liner notes Edit

Goosebump (1987 Duck Stab! ESD CD reissue) Edit

Somewhere in the giant master-plan of The Residents, there was an idea for a children's record... a re-recording of Mother Goose with the original sinister overtones left intact. Since most of the popular rhymes were of English origin, The Residents contacted the only Englishman they knew, Snakefinger, to advise them on the meaning of these obscure and absurd lyrics. Snakefinger, with his usual excitement for unusual projects, threw himself into the recordings to such a degree that eventually his name was added to the Goosebump cover as co-conspirator.

All the sounds are originated using only children's toy instruments from Toys-R-Us... although adult studio toys are employed to drastically change and enhance them.

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