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"Satisfaction" is a 7" single by The Residents, featuring a cover of the Rolling Stones song of the same title on the A-side and a Residents original, "Loser ≅ Weed", on the B-side. It was first released on Ralph Records on September 12th 1976.

Designed as a short distillation of the ideas which led to the creation of their album The Third Reich 'n Roll, "Satisfaction" helped The Residents gain their first notable 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". It was recorded between April and June of 1976.[1]

The single was reissued in 1978 to take advantage of the group'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.

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. The re-issue also featured a longer version of its A-Side. The original 3:54 version of Satisfaction has never been re-released.

However it is possible, that the 3:54 track length was incorrect. Early on in their career, The Residents' releases would contain incorrect track lengths, such as the original pressings of Meet The Residents or Fingerprince.

Track listing

1976 release

  1. Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards) (3:54)
  2. Loser ≅ Weed (Residents) (2:07)

1978 Re-Release

  1. Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards) (4:30)
  2. Loser ≅ Weed (Residents) (2:09)


Promotional advert boasting the single's popularity in the New Wave charts. June 17th 1978


One should question the purpose or intent of this work, and if they do, I’m sure that they will agree that this is, in fact, the most determinant-ly repellent music ever heard.

- Jay Clem, The Residents Radio Special, 1977

Aye yea [I perform on Satisfaction], they forced me, tied me into the studio, and then beat me with whips while I played my guitar over the solo piece of that. [...] That was well before New Wave reared its ugly head. That was Some Wave. The wave before New Wave, well before any of that was even started.

- Snakefinger, KPFA Radio Interview, 1980

Release History

Year Label Format Region Note Length
1976 Ralph Records 7" US 6:01
1978 6:39
1984 17x7 The Ralph Singles
1987 East Side Digital CD Third Reich n Roll CD 6:50
Torso NL 6:39
1994 Euro Ralph EU In Memoriam Torso
1997 RykoDisc US Our Poor, Our Tired, Our Huddled Masses 6:43
Euro Ralph EU 6:42
Bomba Records JP
2009 Birdsong & Hayabusa Landings Third Reich n Roll CD 6:47
2015 Superior Viaduct 7" US 6:01
2018 New Ralph Too, Cherry Red Records, MVD CD US, EU
Third Reich n Roll pREServed 6:45

See also

External links and references

  1. W.E.I.R.D Book of The Residents Discography (1979)

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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

Related works
"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! · Dog Stab!

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