The Residents

Icky Flix

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The Residents are not only the longest-lived of the many absurdist rock bands that emerged from the wreckage of the 1960s, they are also the most consistently interesting. Who else would have recorded an entire album of parodies based on Meet the Beatles, or a multi-part opera about moles, or a musical ethnography of Eskimos (complete with a disco remix EP)? Icky Flix itself is a DVD-only multimedia project, originally released in early 2001, that collects and expands on musical and video material taken from various periods in the band's career; all of the songs were rearranged and re-recorded for Icky Flix. This CD is an audio distillation that includes such blasts from the past as "The Third Reich 'n' Roll" and "Songs for Swinging Larvae" (originally recorded by labelmates Renaldo and the Loaf), as well as the notorious entirety of a 20-minute song cycle entitled "Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?" The music is, of course, utterly bizarre, though sometimes -- as on the strangely cathartic "Just for You (Disfigured Night Part 7)" -- surprisingly accessible. For better or worse, there's no one else remotely like them.

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