Reissue cover, 1978

Satisfaction Poster

Poster Promoting the Single, boasting its popularity in the New Wave charts. June 17 1978

Satisfaction is a 7" single released by The Residents in 1976.

Designed as a short distillation of the ideas which led to the creation of their album The Third Reich 'n Roll, the Satisfaction single helped The Residents gain attention in the New Wave music press.


Satisfaction was first released in 1976 in a run of only 200 copies with hand-screened, three color covers (which were then hand-inked with three more colors). The single includes a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" backed with a Residents original, "Loser ≅ Weed".

The single was reissued in 1978 to take advantage of the band's newfound popularity following the release of the Duck Stab! EP, in an edition of 30,000 copies pressed on transparent yellow vinyl in a slightly re-designed two color sleeve.

According to Residents lore, this reissue caused a disagreement between The Residents and The Cryptic Corporation as it was issued without their consent; this disagreement would lead to The Residents taking the master tapes of Eskimo and fleeing to England, forcing the release of Not Available in the interim.

Despite this, the re-issue was fairly successful in its own terms, topping the Record World New Wave Top 20 of June 17th 1978.

Track listing

  1. Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards) (4:32)
  2. Loser ≅ Weed (2:11)

Release History

Year Label Color
1976 Ralph Records Black
1978 Yellow
2015 Superior Viaduct Purple

See also

Further Reading

Satisfaction at The Residents Historical

Satisfaction at Superior Viaduct

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