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Metal, Meat & Bone - The Songs of Dyin' Dog is an album by The Residents, released in two-CD and double LP versions on July 10th 2020 through Cherry Red/MVD.

Metal, Meat & Bone features The Residents' interpretations of long-lost demo tracks by Alvin "Dyin' Dog" Snow, an obscure Lousiana blues musician who was briefly associated with The Residents' early collaborator Roland Sheehan in the mid 1970s.

Both the CD and vinyl editions also feature the original Dyin' Dog demo tracks, and the CD edition includes an additional six tracks by The Residents which were inspired by him. These six tracks were released as a limited edition 12" EP on Psychofon Records on the same day.

History

First announced alongside Intruders in late 2017, Metal, Meat & Bone - The Songs of Dyin' Dog is a cover album featuring the known works of Alvin "Dyin' Dog" Snow, an obscure Louisiana blues musician who had worked briefly with The Residents' early collaborator Roland Sheehan in the 1970s.

Sheehan had shown The Residents the recently rediscovered demo recordings he had made in the mid-1970s with Dyin' Dog, which ultimately became the basis for a long-gestating "blues album" project which the group had long considered but had never been able to conceptualize to their satisfaction previously.

The short animated video "Nixon Sings The Blues", as well as The Residents' interpretations of the Dyin' Dog songs "Tell Me", "Hungry Hound", "Die! Die! Die!" and "Mamma Don't Go" were all premiered on the group's 2018-2019 In Between Dreams tour in 2018 and 2019. "Hungry Hound", "Die! Die! Die" and "Tell Me" were all officially released for the first time in July 2019 on the live album In Between Dreams Live. The soundtrack to the "Nixon Sings The Blues" video is included on the limited edition bonus LP Dreaming Of An Eyeball Beaming.

Demo versions of both "Tell Me" and "Mama Don`t Go" circulated the internet, and a video purporting to feature the original Dyin' Dog version of "Bury My Bone" surfaced on YouTube in July 2019. The complete original Dyin' Dog demo recordings were released on Psychofon Records in September 2018, as a limited edition set of five 7" singles entitled The Residents Present Alvin Snow, aka Dyin' Dog.

Release

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Alvin "Dyin' Dog" Snow

The release of Metal, Meat & Bone was preceded by a single, "Die! Die! Die!", released digitally and as a 7" vinyl on Psychofon Records, featuring the Dyin' Dog demo version of the song on the A-side, and The Residents' cover (featuring guest vocalist Black Francis) on the B-side.

The single was accompanied by the release of an animated video which notably referenced the then-current COVID-19 pandemic and parodied Donald Trump. A second, digital-only single, "Bury My Bone", was released June 28th 2020, accompanied by a music video by the group's frequent collaborator John Sanborn.

The album was released July 10th 2020 through MVD Audio and Cherry Red in double CD and LP editions. The vinyl edition omits the six additional songs by The Residents, "Blood Stains", "She Called Me Doggy", "Cold As A Corpse", "Evil Hides", "Cut To The Quick" and "Midnight Man".

These six songs were instead released separately on a limited edition 12" EP entitled Metal, Meat & Bone - Six Songs Inspired By Dyin' Dog. The EP was released on Psychofon Records on the same day as the album, in three distinct "metal", "meat", and "bone" colored vinyl variants.

Dog Stab! tour

The Residents planned to launch a tour in April 2020 to promote the upcoming release of Metal, Meat & Bone, but had to cancel all performances in March and postpone the tour to 2021 due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the world.

The tour, Dog Stab!, is expected to feature songs from Metal, Meat & Bone, as well as selections from their 1978 album Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen.

Track listing

CD edition

Disc One - The Songs of Dyin' Dog / The Songs Inspired By Dyin' Dog

  1. Bury My Bone (2:12)
  2. Hungry Hound (2:03)
  3. Die! Die! Die! (4:05)
  4. River Runs Dry (2:50)
  5. The Dog's Dream (2:51)
  6. I Know (3:56)
  7. Pass For White (3:13)
  8. Tell Me (2:59)
  9. Mama Don't Go (2:22)
  10. Dead Weight (3:14)
  11. Cold As a Corpse (2:40)
  12. Blood Stains (2:45)
  13. Cut to the Quick (2:21)
  14. She Called Me Doggy (3:03)
  15. Evil Hides (3:12)
  16. Midnight Man (5:40)

Disc Two - The Original Dyin' Dog Demos

  1. Bury My Bone (2:15)
  2. Hungry Hound (2:08)
  3. Die! Die! Die! (4:03)
  4. River Runs Dry (2:12)
  5. The Dog's Dream (3:09)
  6. I Know (3:25)
  7. Pass For White (3:50)
  8. Tell Me (2:39)
  9. Mama Don't Go (2:02)
  10. Dead Weight (3:16)

Vinyl edition

Disc One - The Residents Pay Tribute To Dyin' Dog

  1. Bury My Bone
  2. Hungry Hound
  3. Die! Die! Die!
  4. River Runs Dry
  5. The Dog's Dream
  6. I Know
  7. Pass For White
  8. Tell Me
  9. Mama Don't Go
  10. Dead Weight

Disc Two - The Original Dyin' Dog Demos

  1. Bury My Bone
  2. Hungry Hound
  3. Die! Die! Die!
  4. River Runs Dry
  5. The Dog's Dream
  6. I Know
  7. Pass For White
  8. Tell Me
  9. Mama Don't Go
  10. Dead Weight

See also

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