- 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
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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 top navigation menu, or the links under the "navigation" heading below.
Discography | Live shows | Videography | 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.
- 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 in 2021 include an expanded edition of Have A Bad Day, a five or six disc Wormwood set (due around November, alongside a double LP reissue of the album), and an expanded Icky Flix collection (which was previously issued as a limited edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2020).
- A mail-order series of limited edition vinyl releases of pREServed studio outtakes (such as 1-10 (With A Touch of 11), German Slide Music, X Is For Xtra, "extended drone experiments", and "multi-track explorations" of albums including The Third Reich 'n Roll and Commercial Album) is expected to commence at an unspecified date in the near future.
- 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.
- 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 with the assistance of long-time collaborator John Sanborn. The film is likely to be released at some point in 2021.
- 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 in 2021.
- 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 special and its soundtrack will be released as a limited edition double 10" vinyl and DVD set on Grand Chess Records at an undisclosed time later in 2021.
- On November 14th 2020, Klanggalerie issued CD releases of The Residents' Anganok and Beautiful Eyes, both of which were previously only available via the group's now-defunct Robot Selling Device.
- A Charles Bobuck compilation of previously unreleased material (credited to Bob Uck and the Family Truck) entitled Oddities 2013-2015 was released via TOOK and Klanggalerie on December 22nd 2020, having been pushed forward from its originally expected release in January due to the impending hard Brexit.
- Chuck's Ghost Music was reissued on Klanggalerie on February 20th 2021. The release was initially announced for release in January 2021 but was delayed for unspecified reasons.
- 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 the compilations.
- A compilation of demo recordings for The Residents' Wonder of Weird tour, The Wonder of Weird Demos, is expected for release on Klanggalerie in November 2021.
- 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 Oddities 2013-2015. Fragments & Failures is still expected for release at an unspecified time in the future.
- The Residents' second run of latex eyeball masks, manufactured by SikRik Masks, are now available to order on the MVD Shop for American customers only. International customers can instead order the masks directly from the manufacturer.
- A second run of fifteen numbered copies of Jannis Tsakalis' Tourniquet of Roses collectors' box was announced on February 20th 2021. Alongside the boxes, Jannis is also releasing the Fingerprince colored vinyl and Babyfingers picture disc separately, as well as Tourniquet of Roses hand-puppets, shirts and mugs.
- Jannis has also begun creating fur-lined boxes intended to house the single-sided Eskimo collectors' box test pressing discs which were sold through Ralph mail order in 1986. The Eskimo boxes are being made to order; each includes three hand-puppets and a copy of a 1986 Ralph Records letter about the cancelled box.
- Two Residents releases were released at the end of March on Secret Records; Bunny Boy Live In Frankfurt (previously unreleased) on black marble vinyl, blue marble vinyl and CD, and a reissue of Ozark (never before released on vinyl) with new cover art on "doublemint/baby pink" or "swamp green/mustard with red splatter" colored vinyl.
- The Charles Bobuck Residents cover album Bobuck Plays The Residents is expected to be reissued on Psychofon Records in the near future, in a special collectors' vinyl edition. The release will come in two variations; colored vinyl (100 copies) and multi-color splatter vinyl (73 hand-numbered copies).
- Publisher Melodic Virtue are compiling material from The Cryptic Corporation archives for a hardcover coffee table book focusing on the art and history of The Residents. This book is currently expected to be released around the holiday season in 2021, but no further details have been confirmed as yet.
Upcoming live shows
The cancelled April show at the Triple Door in Seattle has had a venue change to Fremont Abbey Arts Center. The show at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona has also had a venue change to 191 Toole in Tucson. The three dates in San Francisco at the Chapel have been reduced to one date at the Rio in Santa Cruz.
The below information is current as of May 22nd 2021:
- August 19th 2021 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, Oregon
- August 20th 2021 - Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Seattle, Washington
- August 21st 2021 - The Imperial, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- August 23rd 2021 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, Utah
- August 24th 2021 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado
- August 26th 2021 - The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- August 27th 2021 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, Illinois
- August 28th 2021 - The Shelter, Detroit, Michigan
- August 30th 2021 - Higher Ground, Burlington, Vermont
- August 31st 2021 - The Sinclair, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- September 2nd 2021 - (le) poisson rouge, New York City, New York
- September 3rd 2021 - The Foundry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- September 4th 2021 - Ottobar, Baltimore, Maryland
- September 5th 2021 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, North Carolina
- September 6th 2021 - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, Georgia
- September 9th 2021 - The Kessler, Dallas, Texas
- September 10th 2021 - The Heights, Houston, Texas
- September 11th 2021 - The Parish, Austin, Texas
- September 14th 2021 - 191 Toole, Tucson, Arizona
- September 15th 2021 - The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, California
- September 18th 2021 - The Rio Theater, Santa Cruz, California
In addition, a set of European and British dates have been freshly announced to take place in January and February 2022:
- 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 back out on the road in 2022, with an expanded set list featuring three additional songs not heard in the earlier performances.
- The Residents Official Website
- 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 Residents on Wikipedia
- The Residents unofficial Facebook group
- Ralph Records unofficial Facebook group
- The Talk of Creatures forum
- ResTube on YouTube
- 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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