- Eskimo (album)
Infobox Album | Name = Eskimo
Released = 1979
Recorded = April 1976-May 1979
Genre = Avant-garde
Length = 39:21
AllmusicRating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:ogy67ui0h0jd~T1 link] | Last album = " The Residents Radio Special" (1979)
This album = "Eskimo" (1979)
Next album = "
"Eskimo" is an album by
The Residentsthat was originally supposed to follow 1976's " Fingerprince". However, due to many delays and arguments with management, it was not released until 1979. Upon release it was hailed as the group's best record to date.
Rather than actual songs, the pieces are generally made up of sound effects, occasional playing on home-made instruments and gibberish standing in for actual
Inuit. The stories were all created by the group and, despite their claims otherwise, is not meant to be a true historical document of life in the Arctic. Rather it culminates in a criticism of how Western culture dealt a deathblow to the religions and tribal customs of Native Americans.
A companion piece, "
Diskomo", was released in 1980 as a 12-inch single, featuring a remix of the songs backed by a disco beat. A follow-up EP " Diskomo 2000", featuring the original remix, its b-side ("Goosebump", a collection of children's songs played on toy musical instruments) and several other versions was released in 2000.
#"The Walrus Hunt" – 4:01
#"Birth" – 4:33
#"Arctic Hysteria" – 5:57
#"The Angry Angakok" – 5:20
#"A Spirit Steals a Child" – 8:44
#"The Festival of Death" – 10:26
*Bonus Tracks (1987 CD release only)
- I Left My Heart in San Francisco
# Dumbo the Clown (Who Loved Christmas)
# Is He Really Bringing Roses? (The Replacement)
# Time's Up
The Residents- vocals, instruments, effects
Chris Cutler- drums
Don Preston- synthesizers
* The "Inuit" chants on "The Festival of Death" are actually advertising slogans for various products (Coca-Cola, Charmin bathroom tissue, etc).
*The vocals were all done whine inhaling to produce an unusual sound.
* The Residents' announcements concerning Eskimo were a bit sarcastic at first. After learning about
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen ' spopularity, they announced that their next release would be "an album of wind noises and grunting."
* This was the first album to feature what would later become their signature look.
[http://residents.com/files/c81ce3e759ee890d4276289ac3bc2fe1-31.html Concerning the sarcastic "press release"]
- I Left My Heart in San Francisco
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