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Dot.Com is a compilation album collecting Residents outtakes spanning the group's entire career. The album notably features the group's earliest demo track, "I Hear Ya Got Religion". Despite the track's notable earliness, it is an outlier, as the compilation primarily focuses around the turn of the century.

Background

The album collects twelve tracks released digitally through RalphAmerica.Com's monthly free MP3 download, which lasted between June 1999 and May 2000. These tracks primarily consisted of unreleased songs from the 1990s, with some exceptions being "Nineteen-Ninety-Nine", "Ninth Rain", "Santa Dog For Gamelan Orchestra", & "Fire '99 / Santa Dog 2nd Millenium", all of which were recorded by The Residents specifically for this project. Carla Fabrizio and Paul Miller (both members of the Gamelan Sekar Jaya) assisted The Residents during the sessions, particularly on Santa Dog for Gamelan Orchestra. At this point, Carla was transitioning into her position as a core collaborator with The Residents, a role which she has retained as late as Metal Meat & Bone. She is one of the few figures to share a writing credit with The Residents. The only other track which is not an outtake from the 90s is 'I Hear Ya Got Religion', which was recorded by the Pre-Residents in 1969. It is the earliest released Residents track and predates The Residents themselves. 'Walter Westinghouse' is also an outlier in this album in that Ralph America did not release it as part of the original download series.

Ralph America released Dot.Com in August of 2000[1] in a limited edition of 1,200. This edition quickly sold out. Seventeen years later, Klanggalerie released an extended version of the album. This version included five tracks previously released as digital singles through the group's Radio Thoreau project, 'Marie', 'There's Blood', 'My Window' &, ''The Weatherman'. 'The Dark Man.' is exclusive to the 2017 version.

Track Origins

The earliest recorded track on this album is 'I Hear Ya Got Religion', from the Pre-Residents era, 1969. After this is The Sour Song, an instrumental demo track from 1992 from the Our Finest Flowers sessions; also from this period is the Eskimo Opera opera, composed for the group's unfinished live version of Eskimo, intended as their follow up to Cube-E. Since 1980 the group had been adapting Eskimo for stage, and this track seems to be the last attempt. Recorded one year after this, 1993, is Hunters, a track recorded for the soundtrack to the TV series of the same name. The track does not appear on the soundtrack album. The next track, recorded in 1995, is not The Residents performing but is Wayne Doba with the Freak Show Band, performing during the Freak Show live show.

The year afterwards, The Residents recorded two tracks that appear here, 'Conceiving Ada' and 'I Murdered Mommy', two instrumental tracks for visual projects of the same name, never fully realised. 'I Murdered Mommy', originally intended as a video game, was eventually released as a Mini-Album in 2004, and Conceiving Ada, whilst released, did not include The Residents' score. Following this is 'Paint It Black, a live Rolling Stones cover, performed at the Adobe Disfigured Night show from May of 1997. Similarly, Walter Westinghouse is from a one-off live performance at the Fillmore in 1998.

All tracks originating between 1999 and 2000 were recorded specifically for the album; these tracks include "Nineteen-Ninety-Nine", "Ninth Rain", "Santa Dog For Gamelan Orchestra", & "Fire '99 / Santa Dog 2nd Millenium".

2017 Bonus Tracks

The 2017 extended edition includes five additional tracks originating from 2008 - 2014. The earliest completed of these was 'My Window', a live track from The Residents' 2008 Bunny Boy mini-tour. The rest of the bonus tracks are from 2013 and 2014 but are remixes from much earlier. The Weatherman, for example, is from the 2002 album 'Demons Dance Alone but features overdubs by Charles Bobuck from 2013. This is also the case for 'There's Blood', originating from the Bunny Boy album, with overdubs in 2013, and 'Marie', recorded in 1989, with overdubs in 2014. This edition also features one newly recorded track, 'The Dark Man', originally from the 2008 album The Bunny Boy, with overdubs done in 2017,

Track listing

All Songs Written by The Residents except where noted

  1. The Sour Song (2:44)
  2. Nineteen-Ninety-Nine (Residents/Prince) (4:46)
  3. Ninth Rain (3:14)
  4. Wanda (Ft. Wayne Doba) (4:54)
  5. Conceiving Ada Titles (3:46)
  6. Paint It Black (Residents/Jagger/Richards) (2:59)
  7. Hunters (1:24)
  8. Eskimo Opera (5:26)
  9. Walter Westinghouse (Live At The Fillmore) (6:24)
  10. I Murdered Mommy (4:11)
  11. I Hear Ya Got Religion (2:47)
  12. Santa Dog For Gamelan Orchestra (Residents/Fabrizio) (5:16)
  13. Fire '99 / Santa Dog 2nd Millenium (9:52)
    1. Fire '99
    2. Santa Dog 2nd Millenium
    3. Aircraft Damage

2017 Extended Edition

The expanded version is 17:40 minutes longer than the original, and features five additional tracks.

  1. The Sour Song (2:45)
  2. 1999 (Nelson) (4:47)
  3. Ninth Rain (3:14)
  4. Maire (Ft. Laurie Amat) (Pomus/Shuman) (2:48)
  5. Wanda (Ft. Wayne Doba) (4:54)
  6. Conceiving Ada Titles (3:46)
  7. There's Blood (On The Bunny) (3:58)
  8. Paint It Black (Jagger-Richards) (2:59)
  9. My Window (4:02)
  10. Hunters (1:25)
  11. Eskimo Opera (5:27)
  12. Walter Westinghouse (6:24)
  13. The Weatherman (Ft. Molly Harvey) (3:06)
  14. I Murdered Mommy (4:11)
  15. I Hear Ya Got Religion (2:47)
  16. Santa Dog For Gamelan Orchestra (Ft. Carla Fabrizio) (Residents/Fabrizio) (5:14)
  17. The Dark Man (3:39)
  18. Fire '99 / Santa Dog 2nd Millenium (9:55)

Liner Notes

The image presented in the browser windows were created by some RalphAmerica regulars for our Halloween Collage contest. They were published on the web as the 3 top winners (picked by The Residents) and we liked them so much we put them here to. Thanks to Uncle Willie for pointing out some hidden gems, and to Steinberg, WAVES, and Shur Brothers for their support.

Credits

  • 'Nineteen-Ninety-Nine'
    • Inspired by Prince
  • 'Wanda'
    • Performed By: The Freak Show Orchestra
    • Under The Music Direction Of: Miroslov Vanek
    • Vocal By: Wayne Doba
  • 'Paint It Black'
  • 'Hunters'
    • Produced by Telenova
  • 'Walter Westinghouse'
  • 'Santa Dog For Gamelan Orchestra'
    • Arranged by Carla Fabrizio
    • Guidance & Assistance by Carla Fabrizio & Paul Miller
  • Written & Performed By: The Residents except where noted.
  • Produced By: The Cryptic Corporation
  • Design/layout/die: Dren McDonald (RalphAmerica.com)
  • Cover Concept: The Residents
  • Residents With Mannequins: Salvator Panatteri
  • Residents With Canadian Mounties: James Redekop
  • Residents In The Artic: Dave Banass

See Also

  • https://web.archive.org/web/20000823071557/http://ralphamerica.com:80/ralph.html
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