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Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! Can't You See That It's True; What The Beatles Did To Me, "I Love Lucy" Did To You is the name of a performance by The Residents at the Rather Ripped Records fifth anniversary party in Berkeley, California, on June 7th, 1976.

This was the first performance by the group under the name The Residents, and would be their last public performance until the beginning of The Mole Show in 1982. The show was shot on 1/4" videotape and recorded; the complete audio was first released in 2010 through the group's Robot Selling Device, and was later remastered and reissued on the pREServed edition of The Third Reich 'n Roll in 2018.


Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! was a special performance at a party celebrating the fifth anniversary of Rather Ripped Records. The Residents showed 16mm clips from their ongoing Vileness Fats movie project at the event, as well as the Third Reich 'n Roll short film.

The Oh Mummy! show was the group's first known performance in any guise since their appearance at a friend's party in October 1972, and is considered their first official live performance as The Residents, having only officially adopted the name in 1974. The name of the performance is a lyric from the song of the same title from the group's 1971 demo tape The W***** B*** Album (though the song does not feature in the performance itself).

The Residents and Snakefinger onstage at the Oh Mummy! show

The group were joined onstage by Snakefinger on guitar, and Pamela Zeibak and The Pointless Sisters on vocals. The Residents appeared wrapped in bandages (like mummies), and Snakefinger was dressed as a giant artichoke. These costumes proved to be a problem as the group had rehearsed without them and when they took to the stage they found that it was difficult to play their instruments in such restrictive outfits.

Aside from that the concert was planned very thoroughly. Most of the performance was pre-recorded on tape, since there was no way to get some of the sounds or effects the group wanted outside of a studio environment. Only the vocals, drums and Snakefinger's guitar were actually performed live. 

Near the end of the performance, Palmer Eiland and George Ewart appeared as their Vileness Fats characters Arf and Omega, performing "Aircraft Damage" from the Santa Dog EP. This rendition of the song was first released on UWEB's Liver Music compilation in 1990. The group appeared to suffer some technical difficulties in the middle of this song, which were covered by The Singing Resident who appeared wearing an oversized prop skull while performing "Kamikaze Lady".

Although arguably the most successful of the group's performances to date (and their first known performance since the Party of '72) the group did not generally consider the performance to have met their expectations due to technical limitations and difficulties. It would take another six years before the group considered touring with a performance on a much larger scale.

Three minutes of footage of the performance (shot on 1/4" open reel videotape) have been released to fans; two short clips of "Aircraft Damage" were featured as Easter eggs on the 2002 DVD Live!... On The Outskirts, with snippets of these also being included in the 2015 documentary Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents.

Set list

Poster advertising the event


Robot Selling Device release (2010)

The full audio of the Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! performance was released digitally in 2010 via the group's Robot Selling Device online store. The release features a single 29 minute track containing the entire performance.

Track listing

  1. The Mummy Show (29:38)
    1. Numb Erone
    2. Satisfaction
    3. Six Things To A Cycle
    4. You Yesyesyes
    5. It's My Party
    6. Wipeout
    7. Aircraft Damage
    8. Kamikaze Lady
    9. Aircraft Damage (Reprise)

pREServed releases (2018)

A new remaster of the recording of the Oh Mummy! show, as well as a "concentrate" of the backing track used throughout the performance, was released on the second disc of the pREServed edition of The Third Reich 'n Roll in 2018.

The backing track for the Oh Mummy! version of "You Yesyesyes" was issued on the pREServed edition of Fingerprince, released later in the same year.

See also

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External links and references

3rnr-transparent-sml.png The Third Reich 'n Roll

Side A: "Swastikas on Parade"
"Let's Twist Again" · "Land of a Thousand Dances" · "Hanky Panky" · "A Horse With No Name" · "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" · "The Letter" · "Psychotic Reaction" · "Little Girl" · "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" · "Talk Talk" · "I Want Candy" · "To Sir With Love" · "Telstar" · "Wipe Out" · "Heroes and Villains"

Side B: "Hitler Was a Vegetarian"
"Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" · "96 Tears" · "It's My Party" · "Light My Fire" · "Ballad of the Green Berets" · "Yummy Yummy Yummy" · "Rock Around the Clock" · "Pushin' Too Hard" · "Good Lovin'" · "Gloria" · "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" · "Sunshine of Your Love" · "Hey Jude" · "Sympathy for the Devil"

The Residents · Pamela Zeibak · Margaret Smyk (as Peggy Honeydew) · Gary Phillips

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"Wooly Bully" · "Satisfaction" · The Beatles Play The Residents and The Residents Play The Beatles · German Slide Music · Oh Mummy! show · The Third Reich 'n Roll video · Collectors' Box series · "Double Shot" · Icky Flix (soundtrack) · I Am A Resident!

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Fingerprince / Babyfingers

Side A
"You Yesyesyes" · "Home Age Conversation" · "Godsong" · "March de la Winni" · "Bossy" · "Boo Who?" · "Tourniquet of Roses" · "You Yesyesyes Again"

Side B
"Six Things To A Cycle"

Side C · Babyfingers
A: "Monstrous Intro" · "Death In Barstow" · "Melon Collie Lassie" · "Flight of the Bumble Roach"
B: "Walter Westinghouse"

The Residents · Snakefinger · Don Jackovich · Adrian Deckbar · Tony Logan · Pamela Zeibak

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Vileness Fats · X Is For Xtra · "Leapmus" · "Entrance to Crypt" · "Clumsy Climb" · "Piano Dittie" · Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! performance · The Third Reich 'n Roll video · "Whoopy Snorp" · The Residents Radio Special · "Six Amber Things"

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Pollex Christi (1936-1937) · Cantaten und Symphonen for der Saxophonen und Violinen with P.C. Lithman (1971?) · Cantaten to der Dyin Prunen with P.C. Lithman (1971?)

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Theory of Phonetic Organization {Meet The Residents) · Theory of Obscurity (Not Available)

Work with The Residents
The W***** B*** Album (1971) · A Live Radio Broadcast (1971) · The Boarding House performance (1971) · Philip's Wedding (1971) · B.S. (1971) · Chris' Party (1972) · 1-10 (With A Touch of 11) (ca. 1973) · Vileness Fats (1972-1976) · Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! (1976) · Eskimo (1979) · Snakey Wake performance (1987) · Pollex Christi (1997)

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