Senada who had developed a complex musical system based upon phonetics. For six months Snakefinger, N. Senada who spoke very little English , and The Residents worked together recording and listening to tapes. A few lucky people were even able to catch impromptu performances by The Mysterious N. Senada and Snakefinger at several of San Francisco's folk and jazz clubs. The Residents negotiated with Warner Bros. Snakefinger returned to England to become a rock and roll star, and The Mysterious N.
Senada, well he just disappeared one day. The Residents have ventured to guess that he has probably gone to the arctic regions.
He believes some musical link is hidden among the Eskimos of the frozen north. The music on this album is not that of Snakefinger or of The Mysterious N. The Residents have taken the basic ideas of the phonetic organization but have applied the theories to a more Western style of music.
The translation does not always hold intact, though there is more than enough example of this staggering new music style. The instruments used on this record have been tuned to approximate Western culture harmonies and artistic freedom is assumed for the right to substitute normal instruments where necessary.
Listen closely to the record. Let the strangeness wear off through a couple of plays. Soon you too will whistle the merry tunes and wonder along with The Residents who that old man N. Senada really was. Meet The Residents was originally released in , on the Ralph Records label. The tapes were monaural recordings on home equipment and suffered further fidelity loss in the mastering and pressing stages.
Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Add links. Santa Dog Meet The Residents Total length:. Santa Dog gatefold interior by Porno Graphics. The track "Fire" would be revisited by the band various times over the years, in , , and on the Refused compilation, which also featured an aborted attempt from It has been said that initially the band were to create a new version of the track every six years, though after the perceived failure of the recording, the band instead would revisit it when their outlook or musical direction had changed sufficiently to be able to put an entirely new spin on the old track.
One of the group's members could draw, so they gave the company a graphic design wing called Porno Graphics, a. Pore-Know Graphics, a. Poor No Graphics, a. Porneaugraphics, etc. Ralph's first release was December 's Santa Dog RR , a two-disc single that was mailed out free to about three hundred people—friends, radio stations, and even Richard Nixon and Frank Zappa were sent copies though Zappa's was returned—he had moved.
This was followed by the band's first album, Meet the Residents RR , which was recorded in and released in The band had trouble with distribution and made up 4, seven-minute flexi-disks based on the album with which to promote it.Santa Dog struck again in In August, Sarah Cahill hosted a radio program on KALW entitled "The Residents Go to the Dogs" which, with the help of special guest Homer Flynn, explored the history of the song. At the end of the show, a brand new recording, "Santa Dog '17," was premiered.