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Kettles Of Fish On The Outskirts Of Town is a 4 and a half hours of Residential madness, A 4 disc box-set (DVD+3 Audio CD`s) collecting live material by The Residents, the contents of the set span the group's entire career up to that point.


The Residents & Live Shows

Aside from a few one-off performances as Residents Uninc, between 1971 and 1972, The Residents refused to perform live for much of their first decade of being, with the 1976 Mummy Show being their only official performance of the decade. The group were perfectionists regarding how they were heard and weren't confident in their ability to recreate said sound live. Their confidence changed in 1982 when the group purchased their first sampler, the E-MU Emulator, which would allow them to playback any recording using the device's keyboard. It was perfect, and they began planning their first tour, The Mole Show. Although an artistic and critical success, The Mole Show left the group dissatisfied and financially dire.

Believing that live performance wasn't for them, they decided never to tour again. But this was changed in 1985 when a Japanese record label commissioned the group to tour Japan. The tour and its subsequent legs were designed to be minimalist and cost-effective and proved to be very successful. Said tour immediately led to Cube-E's creation, a more visually and sonically advanced time that ran from 1988 to 1990. Once again, the show was very successful. Still, the group began to feel weary from all this performance and decided never to tour again, following an incident wherein a speaker caught fire after falling into the audience.

For the next eight years, the group refused to tour but did agree to do one-off performances for those willing to pay for them. But this policy changed when the success of a one-off performance of their Wormwood album inspired the group to take it on the road.

By the time The Cryptic Corporation compiled this box-set, the group had just completed their follow-up tour to Wormwood, Icky Flix, which had ran throughout 2001.

The Box-Set

Starting in November of 2001, The Cryptic Corporation and Starr Sutherland (With assistance from Guido Randzio) began compiling a collection of their favorite live recordings by The Residents to celebrate the group's upcoming 30th anniversary. They collected audio and visual archives of classic performances and compiled them into a DVD and CD box set.

Euro Ralph sold an early version of the DVD on the Demons Dance Alone tour, which began on October 25th, 2002, six months before the box-sets official release in April 2003. The DVD mainly contained unreleased clips, but the content on the CDs had had mostly been released beforehand, with the exceptions being the 'Black Barry / Engine 44 / Voodoo Queen' outtake from Cube-E Live in Holland, 'I Hate Heaven,' 'Mr. Misery' & 'Walter Westinghouse' from the still unreleased Wormwood 98 performance, excerpts from the Brava performance of Icky Flix (including pieces left off the official live album for this material), as well as excerpts from the Adobe Disfigured Night show and The Snakey Wake.


DVD (94:57 Min)

Live! ...On The Outskirts is an anthology film released with the box-set of the same name, it contains visual excerpts from The Residents' live performances between 1983 to 2001. ====Clips==== (94:57 Min)

  1. The Secret Seed [06/21/1983] (2:43)
  2. The Observer [06/21/1983] (1:26)
  3. Cry For The Fire [10/05/1986] (7:03)
  4. Man's World (Australia) (Brown) [08/1986] (5:17)
  5. From The Plains To Mexico [01/1990] (4:24)
  6. Bury Me Not [03/1989] (3:02)
  7. How To Get A Head [04/1999] (5:20)
  8. Dinah And The Unclean Skin [04/1999] (3:54)
  9. Fire Fall [07/1999] (6:22)
  10. Man's World (San Francisco) (Brown) [10/28//2001] (2:43)
  11. Constantinople [03/30//2001] (2:43)
  12. One Minute Movies [10/28//2001] (4:41)
    1. Moisture
    2. The Simple Song
    3. The Act of Being Polite
    4. Perfect Love
  13. Burn Baby Burn [03/30//2001] (3:49)
  14. Benny The Bouncing Bump [10/28//2001] (9:40)
  15. Bridegroom Of Blood [10/28//2001] (6:45)
  16. Ty's Freak Show (NEC) [11/17//1991] (5:02)
  17. Freak Show Live / Intro [11/1995] (6:20)
  18. Herman [11/1995] (2:04)


The box set contained three CDs, the first two discs present several live tracks by The Residents in partial chronological order, and the third presents selections from the group's one off show. Altogether, the three disc sets is one of the most thorough catalogue of the group's 30 year performance history.

Track Listing

Disc One (61:10 Min)

  1. Penn Jillette's Greeting (Live, October 30th 1982) (0:26)
  2. Marching To The Sea (Live, June 6th 1983) (1:54)
  3. Mole Show (End Of Act 1) (Live, April 10th 1982) (7:42)
    • Final Confrontation
  4. Happy Home (Live, October 30th 1982) (2:58)
  5. Rich Shupe's Greeting (Live, February 10th 1986) (0:46)
  6. Hello Skinny (Live, October 25th 1986) (3:15)
  7. Picnic In The Jungle (Live, October 30th 1985) (Residents/Snakefinger) (5:40)
  8. Monkey And Bunny (Live, October 30th 1985) (Residents/Renaldo/Loaf) (4:20)
  9. Walter Westinghouse (Live, October 25th 1986) (8:20)
  10. David Sanborn's Greeting (Live, January 13th 1990) (0:14)
  11. Buckaroo Blues / The Stampede (Live, March 29th 1990) (9:55)
  12. Black Barry / Engine 44 / Voodoo Queen (Live, March 6th 1990) (5:48)
  13. Shorty And Shirley (Live, March 6th 1990) (8:33)

Disc Two (55:31 Min)

  1. Disfigured Night Intro (Live, October 31st 1997) (0:16)
  2. Disfigured Night (Excerpt 1) (Live, October 31st 1997) (4:15)
  3. Disfigured Night (Excerpt 2) (Live, August 16th 1997) (3:16)
  4. Wormwood (Opening) (Live, July 13th 1999) (5:56)
    • King of Kings
    • In The Beginning
    • Welcome to Wormwood (God's Business)
  5. I Hate Heaven (Live, October 31st, 1998) (2:45)
  6. Hanging By His Hair (Live, July 13th 1999) (3:23)
  7. Mr. Misery (Live, October 31st, 1998) (2:24)
  8. Judas Saves (Live, July 13th 1999) (8:41)
  9. Old Time Religion (Live, July 19th 1999) (3:56)
  10. Icky Flix Theme (Live, October 28th 2001) (0:14)
  11. The Gingerbread Man (Live, October 28th 2001) (10:07)
    • The Weaver
    • The Dying Oilman
    • The Sold-Out Artist
    • The Aging Musician
    • The Old Woman
  12. Just For You (Live, October 28th 2001) (6:03)
  13. Buckaroo Blues Theme (Live, October 28th 2001) (2:44)

Disc Three (60:50)

  1. American Band Story (Live, May 1997) (0:42)
  2. Forty Four (Live, October 31st 1997) (3:42)
  3. Six More Miles (Williams) (Live, August 24th 1987) (2:13)
  4. The Party (Excerpt) (Live, Spring 1972) (2:52)
  5. Eloise (Live, May 1997) (2:41)
  6. Numb Erone / Satisfaction / Kick A Cat (Live, June 7th 1976) (4:24)
  7. Howard (Live, May 1997) (6:02)
  8. Loss Of Innocence (Live, October 31st 1997) (3:35)
  9. Tension Of The String (Live, August 24th 1987) (4:06)
  10. Constantinople (Live, May 1997) (1:41)
  11. Herman, The Human Mole (Live, October 31st 1997) (4:05)
  12. Black (Live, May 1997) (2:50)
  13. Snakey Wake (Excerpt) (Live, August 24th 1987) (2:24)
  14. Jack, The Boneless Boy (Live, October 31st 1997) (5:52)
  15. Kamikazi Lady (Live, May 1997) (4:08)
  16. D Is For Doorknob (Live, October 18th 1971) (1:19)
  17. Walter Westinghouse (Live, October 31st, 1998) (6:30)

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