For forty years, the San Francisco Avant-Garde band The Residents have basked in relative obscurity, much of it self-imposed. Their earliest modus operandi had them creating works under their ‘theory of obscurity‘, first coined by N. Senada, who may or may not be an actual person. One aspect of the theory is that a work is created with the intent of never releasing a work until every participant has forgotten about it – or something like that.
Another aspect of the Residents is that they’ve kept their real identity a secret for many decades, with a few people speaking on their behalf in a business capacity who may or may not be Residents themselves.. Hmmm..
We did, however, manage to get Homer Flynn, The Resident’s creative director and visual Major Domo on the phone, while he was, uh, helping the band on the Eastern leg of their Wonder of Weird 40th Anniversary tour.
Homer was more than generous with his time and lots of questions get answered, including a long-time rumour around KBOO’s history.
Plus, Residents songs both familiar and rare.
Track – Album – Year
Boots – Meet The Residents – 1974
Numb Erone – Meet The Residents
Guylum Bardot – Meet The Residents
Breath And Length – Meet The Residents
Consuelo’s Departure – The Residents
Smelly Tongues – Meet The Residents
Satisfaction – 7″ – 1976
Constantinople – Duck Stab EP – 1978
Six Things to a Cycle: Part 1 – Fingerprince [Tourniquet Of Roses] – 1977
Six Things to a Cycle: Part 2 – Fingerprince
Six Things to a Cycle: Part 3 – Fingerprince
INTERVIEW pt.1 Homer Flynn
The Festival of Death – Eskimo – 1979
A Spirit Steals a Child – Eskimo
Easter Woman – The Commercial Album – 1980
Perfect Love – The Commercial Album
Picnic Boy – The Commercial Album
INTERVIEW pt.2 Homer Flynn
Diskomo – Diskomo (EP) – 1980
In San Francisco – V.A.-Subterranean Modern – 1979
Dumbo, The Clown (Who Loved Christmas) – V.A.-Subterranean Modern
Would We Be Alive (intermission) – Mark Of The Mole – 1981
Intro: Live At The Appolo – George & James – 1984
I’ll Go Crazy: Live At The Appolo – George & James
Try Me: Live At The Appolo – George & James
Think: Live At The Appolo – George & James
Harry The Head – Freak Show – 1990
INTERVIEW pt.3 Homer Flynn
Burn Baby Burn – Roadworms – 2000
Demons Dance Alone [Radio Edit] – Demons Dance Alone – 2002
The Bunny Boy – The Bunny Boy – 2008
Wonderful – Demons Dance Alone, Live