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25 gennaio 2014

Residents Uninc. - Santa Dog (2x7") #1972

Welcome to the wild, bizarro world of the experimental artists called The Residents. Little is known about the group's origins or its members' identities, although it is widely believed that they are based out of San Francisco, California. When their debut release, Santa Dog, first appeared in 1972 on the equally enigmatic Ralph Records/Cryptic Corporation, the few hundred copies quickly fell on deaf ears and blind eyes*. Rumor has it that then-President Richard Nixon sent his record back.
True to their "Theory of Obscurity" concept, The Residents cultivate mystery to ensure artistic integrity. With different musical personas for each of its four tracks, Santa Dog is a fully-formed avant-garde pastiche of musique concrète, Raymond Scott-esque exotica, television sound effects, and the group's own mutilated take on rock'n'roll that later became known as their trademark aesthetic.

via Superior Viaduct

*Limited edition of roughly 500. About 100 were mispressed or had other issues, and 300 were mailed out to friends, musicians, and various celebrities. All copies are signed and intentionally misnumbered, e.g. 16/18, 7/58,000, 2/1, 11/12.
Packaged in a gatefold sleeve made to resemble an insurance agency's Christmas card. Several copies had the sleeves stuck together because they were folded and packaged before the varnish, applied to seal in the hand silk-screened cover art, had sufficiently dried.
Inside sleeve has the following text around the edge (roundclock, from top right):
"... from the Ralph film "Vileness Fats" coming soon to a theater near you * Artwork - Porno/Graphics * Ralph Records and Porno/Graphics are divisions of Residents Uninc. 18 Sycamore St Bldg SF CA 94110 (415) 863 5896 * © 1972 * The Ventures appear courtesy of Dolton Records * The Singing Lawnchairs appear courtesy of San Mateo County * Aircraft Damage..."
In the center:
"Season's Greetings, Residents, Uninc."
Auto-coupled release. One disc has side A (One) and side D (Four), and the second disc has side B (Two) and side C (Three).

via Discogs

Residents Uninc. - Fire




c1. DELTA NUDES - Lightning

d1. ARF & OMEGA - Aircraft damage

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