In 1970 and 1971, members of the group that would later be known as The Residents recorded a demo tape to be sent to Hal Halverstadt, an executive at Warner Bros. Records. Halverstadt had gained the group's attention by signing Captain Beefheart to the label's roster.
Halverstadt listened to the demo, named The W***** B*** Album, and returned it to the group, declining to sign them but awarding them an "A for Originality". As no artist name was attached to the tape, the returned package was addressed to the "Residents" of the San Mateo apartment, inadvertently inspiring the name the group would take for all future projects.
Since its recording, The W***** B*** Album had achieved a mythical status among Residents fans despite the group refusing to release it for almost fifty years. Copies of the tape had been circulating among collectors since the group's friend Bill Reinhardt aired it in its entirety during a radio festival on KBOO-FM in 1977, and had since become widely circulated among fans on the Internet, displeasing The Residents immensely.
The group had never been overly fond of these early recordings and none of the demo's tracks had ever been officially released up to that point. They saw little point in remastering the demo for official release, despite occasional requests from fans. Instead, The Residents decided to radically re-work, remix and overdub the original recordings, resulting in WB:RMX.
First announced on January 12th, 2004 through The Residents' official website, WB:RMX features reinterpreted versions of less than half the tracks on the original demo tape, and features a strong electronic music component, often resulting in extremely different and largely new versions of the fragmented and rough demos.
WB:RMX was released on February 22nd, 2004 through Bomba Records in Japan, while the Euro Ralph pressings followed released on the 23rd of March. The Cryptic Corporation's American pressing was released at a later date.
The Euro Ralph pressings included a CD edition, a single LP edition, and a deluxe LP edition with an additional 12" single containing an alternate remix of "Baby Skeletons and Dogs" and "Bijou", a track which was exclusive to the 12" single until its reissue in 2007 on the compilation album Best Left Unspoken... Volume Two.
- The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany (2:41)
- Baby Skeletons and Dogs (3:22)
- Bop Bop (Shoobop Bop) (1:43)
- A Merican Fag (2:45)
- Oh Mummy Oh Daddy (4:03)
- Peace and Love (4:33)
- Christmas Morning Foto (1:33)
- Maggie's Farm (Dylan) (2:47)
- Snot and Feces Live at the Grunt Festival (1:48)
- Sweet Meat (3:23)
- Ohm Is Where The Art Is (3:41)
- Sell American (1:44)
- Love Theme From a Major Motion Picture (3:16)
- Pie In The Sky (1:56)
- Art, The White Elephant (4:46)
Bonus 12" single (Euro Ralph deluxe vinyl edition only)
- Baby Skeletons & Dogs (2004 Remix) (6:11)
- Bijou (8:31)
- The W***** B*** Album
- The Delta Nudes
- ERA B474
- The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss
- A Nickle If Your Dick's This Big
|The W***** B*** Album|
(recorded 1971, released 2018)