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The Party of '72 (also known as Chris' Party) was a performance at a private party in Redwood, California by the group who would later become known as The Residents, on the 19th of October 1972.

For years only an excerpt of the song "Eloise" had been released from this performance (on the compilations Liver Music and ERA B474) until the recording featured on its entirety on the compilation A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big in 2019.

History

Of the recorded early live performances by the group who would later become The Residents, the Party of '72 was long the least known to fans, as only one artifact (a performance of "Eloise") had ever surfaced from the group's archives for well over fifty years.

The host of the party, Chris, was a friend of the group (whose name was first revealed in 2019 with the release of the track listing of the compilation album A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big). The party was held in Redwood, California on an unknown date in 1972, and would be the last time the group were known to perform until their Oh Mummy! performance in 1976.

For this performance the group included a bass guitarist and a trumpet section (including "Miles Snakefinger Lithman"), as well as a backing tape and toy instruments (featured on the set-closer "Kamakazi Lady").

Availability

No footage, photos or audio of this event had been released by the group for almost sixty years after the event. A version of "Eloise" featured on the UWEB Liver Music compilation album under the title "Excerpt - Party of '72", but this same snippet was re-released in 2012 on the ERA B474 compilation as "Party of '71", causing some confusion.

The performance of "Eloise" was definitively proven to originate from this performance when the complete recording featured on the pREServed compilation album A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big in November 2019.

Set list

  • James Dean's Death
  • Intro Tape '71
  • Somethin' Devilish
  • Eloise
  • Sandman
  • Eat Me Mother/Bumble Bee
  • Kamakazi Lady

See also

External links and references

Wbrmx-sml-transparent.png The Delta Nudes / Residents, Uninc.
(1967 - 1974)
Nsenada-mintgreen-transparent.png The Mysterious N. Senada
(1907 - 1993)

Compositions
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?)

Music theory
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)

Related articles
Max Steinway · Hardy Fox · Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman · The Delta Nudes · Residents, Uninc. · "Eloise" · "Kamakazi Lady" · Andrew Hook · O for Obscurity, Or, The Story of N.
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