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"Hello Skinny" is a song by The Residents from their 1978 album Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen.

A music video for the song directed by The Residents with Graeme Whifler was released in 1980. The video starred Bridgit Terris.

History

"Hello Skinny" was one of the seven tracks intended for the Buster & Glen EP, and as such it was included on the second side of Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen.

A music video for "Hello Skinny" was filmed in 1980, as the first in an aborted line of music videos based on Duck Stab/Buster & Glen.

From 1985 to 1987 a minimalist version of Hello Skinny was performed during the 13th Anniversary Show, and a decade later, in 1996, it was performed with on stage with Primus at a the group's first performance after a five year break. The year immediately afterwards, it was performed as the encore to The Residents' Disfigured Night show. In 2001 it was re-recorded as part of The Residents' Icky Flix DVD, and was subsequently performed on the supporting live show, and then four year The Way We Were live show.

In 2012 The Residents re-recorded Hello Skinny for their D*ck S*ab album, and in 2016 Charles Bobuck, re-recorded the track for his "Bobuck Plays The Residents" album. A few years later, in 2018, it was remixed for the expanded re-release of RMX, and was covered by Ovalematic for inclusion on the I Am A Resident remix album.

Most recently the song has been re-arranged for the Duck Stab Alive TV special, and the Dog Stab tour.

Lyrics

Skinny was born in a bathtub
And grew so incredibly thin
That even the end of an eyedropper sucked him in
Skinny never knew any questions
Skinny never looked at lights
But Skinny sold something every single night
Skinny sold a soldier to me
Skinny sold a wife 
Skinny sold a suction cup and a knife
Skinny found a "Hello Dolly" record in the hall
He sold it to a truck driver in the fall
Hello, Dolly
Hello, Dolly
Hello, Dolly
Hello

Releases


Duckbuster-sml-transparent.png Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen
(1978)

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"

Personnel
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

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