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The Boarding House in San Francisco was the setting of the first known performance by Residents, Uninc. on October 18th 1971. For this performance, the group were accompanied by violinist Philip Lithman, Margaret Smyk as the fabulous Peggy Honeydew, and the mysterious Bavarian avant-garde composer N. Senada.

The performance was recorded by the group, and filmed for posterity by their friend John Kennedy. The complete audio has been released on various compilation albums, however only short clips of the video have been seen by the public.


The performance at The Boarding House on October 18th 1971 was introduced by N. Senada and lasted approximately a half hour.

Residents, Uninc. took the stage at The Boarding House's "Audition Night", an open mic night available to poets and performers. The group were accompanied by N. Senada on saxophone and Philip Lithman on violin, and Peggy Honeydew would be introduced by a member of the band, and would take the stage to perform "D For Doorknob".


  • Intro
  • Somethin' Devilish
  • N. Senada Tribute
  • The Fourth Crucifixion
  • James Dean’s Death
  • D For Doorknob
  • The Letter 'C'


Recordings of this performance feature on the second half of the group's 1971 demo tape B.S..

The original recording was eventually issued on the Stranger Than Supper and Daydream B-Liver collections from UWEB, and on one of the bonus discs in the special edition of the Our Poor, Our Tired, Our Huddled Masses compilation. It will also feature (newly remastered and in its entirety) on the group's 2019 pREServed compilation album A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big.

These excerpts and more (including the original performance of "D For Doorknob", re-recorded by the group for B.S.) would also be remastered for reissue on the ERA B474 and The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss compilations.

This performance was also videotaped (by John Kennedy), but the quality of the footage is known to be poor. Excerpts from this footage can be seen in the Theory of Obscurity documentary.

See also

External links and references

Wbrmx-sml-transparent.png The Delta Nudes / Residents, Uninc.
(1967 - 1974)

Major works
Rusty Coathangers for the Doctor (1970) · The Ballad of Stuffed Trigger (1970) · The W***** B*** Album (1971) · B.S. (1971) · Santa Dog (1972)

Other recordings
"I Hear Ya Got Religion" / "Moonman" (1969) · 1-10 (With A Touch of 11) (ca. 1973)

Compilation albums
ERA B474 (2012) · The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss (2013) · The Residents Present The Delta Nudes (2016) · A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big (2019)

Live shows
The Boarding House, October 18th 1971 · Philip's Wedding, October 31st 1971 · Chris' Party, October 19th 1972

Randy Rose · Charles Bobuck · Hardy Fox · Homer Flynn · Palmer Eiland · Roger "Bunny" Hartley · Jay Clem · John Kennedy · Roland Sheehan · Bob Tangney · Jim Whitaker · N. Senada · Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman · Peggy Honeydew (Margaret Swaton) · The Singing Lawn Chairs (Pamela Zeibak)

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Nsenada-mintgreen-transparent.png The Mysterious N. Senada
(1907 - 1993)

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)

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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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