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The Coming of the Crow is an instrumental track from The Residents' commercial album.

Background

The song was written and recorded in 1980. It is a harsh sounding instrumental jam lasting only 1 minute. It is a collaboration between The Residents, Fred Frith & Chris Cutler, who are all credited with this track on the album 'Hell!'. Also playing on the track is Brian Eno (Synth), who was recording the album 'My Life In The Bush of Ghosts' at the time.[1]

It was first performed live in 1985 when it was played as the intro to 'Eva's Warning' a jam based on Crow was also performed as the outro. This would continue to be performed until January of 1987. The song wouldn't be performed again until the 2005 Way We Were mini-tour where it was once again performed as the intro to Eva's Warning.

In 2004, two music videos for the song was produced for the Commercial DVD, one by The Residents, and another by Jean-Michel Roux. The Residents' video features a naked computer-generated man overlapped with a video of flames, at the end of the video three CGI crows fly by. Jean-Michel Roux's video features helicopter footage of a small island, at the end of the video, the camera pans to the sea, where we see a Resident.

Credits

1980 Recording

Other Versions

Releases

Versions

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1980 Studio Version (1:00) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":0" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":0" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":0" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 1985 Live Version (1:48)
  3. 1986 Live 'USA' Version (1:41)
  4. 4.0 4.1 2005 Live Version (1:24)
  5. 1986 Live 'Ritz' Version (0:56)
  6. 1986 Live 'Cleveland' Version (1:08)
  1. Commercial Album pREServed liner notes
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