- 1 Welcome
- 2 Navigation
- 3 Recent and upcoming releases
- 4 Upcoming live shows
- 5 External links and references
- 6 Buy Or Die!
- 7 In memoriam
- 8 Something missing?
Welcome to Meet The Residents Wiki, an unofficial guide to North Louisiana's Phenomenal Pop Combo!
For almost 50 years, The Residents have existed at the forefront of virtually every new technology in sound, video, performance and interactive media - all while operating under a veil of obscurity and anonymity.
Since January 2017, this wiki (based largely on the sources listed below) has aimed to provide a comprehensive historical resource and reference point for both casual and obsessive fans of The Residents. It also includes information on related entities such as The Cryptic Corporation and Ralph Records.
You can begin your journey through the wiki either by using the search bar to the upper right hand side of the page, the quick links in the "explore", "contents" and "recent projects" tabs in the navigation menu at the top of the screen, or the links under the "navigation" heading below.
Discography | Live shows | Videography | Soundtracks | Interactive media | Bibliography
Studios | Disguises | Identities | Aliases | Unfinished projects | Tribute albums
Recent and upcoming releases
pREServed Phase Two
- The most recent release in The Residents and Cherry Red Records ongoing pREServed archival reissue series is a three-disc Gingerbread Man set (which also features the soundtrack album Hunters and other contemporary material, including the recently unearthed "Fat Boy" demo). It was released May 28th 2021, alongside a limited edition vinyl release of the album.
- The next expected release in the pREServed series is the nine-disc Wormwood Box, containing the original album as well as Roadworms, Wormwood: Live In Europe 1999, and over forty previously unreleased tracks, including two CDs of previously unheard demos and sketches and the 1998 Fillmore live performance. The box will be released January 28th 2022, and will followed by a double LP reissue of the album later in the year.
- Leftovers Again?!, a compilation containing the first of the group's lockdown-induced "multi-track explorations" and other rarities (including a seven-and-a-half minute "concentrate" of the 1970 demo Rusty Coathangers for the Doctor) was released on Record Store Day (June 12th) 2021, in a pressing of 1300 vinyl copies.
- Other expected releases in the pREServed series include an expanded edition of Have A Bad Day and an expanded Icky Flix collection (which was previously issued as a limited edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2020).
- A series of deluxe pREServed two and three LP editions of the "classic" 1970s era Residents albums, featuring previously unheard material, are expected to commence in 2022. These released are expected to include studio outtakes previously excerpted on CD (such as 1-10 (With A Touch of 11), German Slide Music, X Is For Xtra), as well as "a series of brand new RDX suites", likely to include the group's "extended drone experiments", and "multi-track explorations" of album master tapes. A short "RDX Sampler" was released via Soundcloud alongside the announcement.
- The American Composers Box, featuring the two American Composers albums and various contemporary material, is also expected for release at an unknown time in the near future. This set has been repeatedly delayed, due to rights issues surrounding "one key element" of the set which are still unresolved.
- A streaming TV special, titled Duck Stab! Alive!, aired on Night Flight Plus as part of its 40th anniversary celebration on June 5th 2021. The special, directed by The Residents and John Sanborn, is a "super slick video concert" featuring all-new versions of the tracks from the 1978 album Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen. It also included a segment created from fan-made videos for a new version of "Constantinople". These fan videos were commissioned by The Residents as part of their I Am A Resident! 2021 campaign.
- The Duck Stab! Alive! special and its soundtrack will be released as a limited edition double 10" vinyl and DVD set by Grand Chess Records on December 10th 2021. The release will be limited to 3000 copies.
- The Residents are in post-production on their feature film Triple Trouble, having completed shooting over ten days in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 with the assistance of long-time collaborator John Sanborn. They are hoping to complete the film by the end of September 2021 for submission to the Sundance Film Festival, with further screenings on the festival circuit to follow thereafter.
- Triple Trouble will also be accompanied by a soundtrack album entitled Endless Illusions, which is currently being recorded by The Residents. The album is expected to be released alongside the film.
- Klanggalerie reissued the Robot Selling Device compilation albums Morning Music and el Año del Muerto on April 16th 2021. These are the first physical releases of these two compilations.
- A two disc compilation of demo recordings for The Residents' Wonder of Weird tour, The Wonder of Weird Demos 1, was released on Klanggalerie on November 13th 2021. This will soon be followed by a second two disc demo collection, The Wonder of Weird Demos 2.
- The next entry in Klanggalerie's series of posthumous Hardy Fox releases, Ibbur (described as a "soundtrack" related to Fox's 2017 serial novella "The Stone"), has been announced for release at an unconfirmed time in the future.
- A compilation of unreleased Hardy Fox material entitled Fragments & Failures was originally scheduled to be released on Klanggalerie in early 2021, but was delayed by the label in favor of the Charles Bobuck compilation Oddities 2013-2015. Fragments & Failures is still expected for release, but no date has been announced.
- The Residents' second run of latex eyeball masks, manufactured by SikRik Masks, are now entirely sold out via the MVD Shop. Blue, green and red masks are still available directly from the manufacturer.
- Italian record label Radiation Reissues has reissued Eskimo on cassette for the first time since 1987; the new edition was released May 28th 2021.
- Modern Harmonic has reissued the mono version of Meet The Residents on vinyl in a limited edition of 500 opaque lime green copies, available only through their website. This pressing was released July 1st 2021. A second variant was released July 31st 2021; a limited edition blue and black swirl variant from Newbury Comics, sold exclusively through online retailer Vinceron.
- A private limited lathe-cut 7" edition of "Santa Dog '84" was released by noted Residents collector Jannis Tsakalis in November 2021. The single is available in two editions, transparent vinyl and black vinyl (20 copies were made of each), both featuring the original cover art by Rex Ray. The single includes the original "Santa Dog '84", as well as a later version with Molly Harvey on vocals, and an edited version of "Mr Skull's New Years Eve Song" on the B-side.
- Psychofon Records have announced the release of a limited edition archival vinyl double album titled Mole Dance 82. The release will be issued as a double album on colored vinyl, in a limited edition of 200 copies. Each set is housed in a tri-fold gatefold album cover with a paper cut-out "Mole Show theater" included. The album was originally expected for release at the end of October, but is now expected to begin shipping in late November.
- A 17 minute "stereoscopic 360º immersive performance" titled Inside a Circle of Dreams premiered at the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories in November 2021. The short virtual reality film features The Residents performing their In Between Dreams live show at the Litquake festival in October 2018, accompanied by all new stereoscopic animated imagery created by four guest artists.
- Publisher Melodic Virtue have compiled material from The Cryptic Corporation archives for a series of hardcover coffee table books focusing on the history and art of The Residents. The first in the series, A Sight For Sore Eyes, Vol. 1, has officially been announced for release on January 7th 2022. The book comes in two editions; the regular edition includes a 7" single featuring a previously unreleased Not Available-era outtake, "Nobody's Nos" (in a limited run of 1500 copies), and a deluxe edition, which also features a 7" x 7" Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen notebook and "Nobody's Nos" on a 7" picture disc (limited to 500 copies).
Upcoming live shows
After having been delayed repeatedly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Residents' Dog Stab! tour has finally commenced, with the three remaining American shows (at the Regent in Los Angeles on September 15th, the Castro in San Francisco on the 17th and the Rio in Santa Cruz on the 18th) going ahead as scheduled.
The tour is currently scheduled to continue in Europe in January and February 2022. The following European tour dates are current as of September 20th 2021:
- January 21st 2022 - Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- January 22nd 2022 - Zeche Carl, Essen, Germany
- January 24th 2022 - Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
- January 25th 2022 - Flex, Wien, Austria
- January 26th 2022 - Palac Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic
- January 27th 2022 - Stary Klasztor, Wroclaw, Poland
- January 28th 2022 - B 90, Gdansk, Poland
- January 30th 2022 - Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
- February 2nd 2022 - Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark
- February 3rd 2022 - Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
- February 4th 2022 - Bølgen, Larvik, Norway
- February 6th 2022 - Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
- February 8th 2022 - Union Chapel, London, England
- February 9th 2022 - St Georges, Bristol, England
- February 10th 2022 - Boiler Shop, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
- February 11th 2022 - Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
- February 12th 2022 - Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds, England
- February 14th 2022 - The Savoy Theatre, Helsinki, Finland
The Residents and John Sanborn expect to bring their theatrical adaptation of the album God In Three Persons to Europe in summer 2022, with an expanded set list featuring three additional songs not heard in the earlier performances.
- The Residents Official Website
- The Residents Historical
- The Cryptic Corporation Official Website
- The Residents on Facebook
- The Residents on YouTube
- The Residents on Instagram
- The Residents on Twitter
- Ralph America Official Website (defunct 2011)
- Hacienda Bridge (Hardy Fox / Charles Bobuck) (defunct 2018)
- RZWeb (defunct 2004)
- The Moles' Bach Is Dead Discography and Virtual Museum (defunct 2011)
- The Talk of Creatures forum
- The Residents unofficial Facebook group
- Ralph Records unofficial Facebook group
- Mr. Riggsy's ResTube on YouTube
- The Residents on Wikipedia
- Buy Or Die! The Official Residents Online Shop
- The Residents on Cherry Red Records
- The Residents on Psychofon Records
- Secret Records on Bandcamp
- Klanggalerie on Bandcamp
- The Residents on Amazon (see also The Residents Amazon author page)
- The Residents on Discogs
- Ralph Records on Discogs
- Ralphlet Outlet on Bandcamp
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