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Front and back cover of "The Warner Bros. Album".

The Warner Bros. Album is a demo tape, recorded in 1971 by the group who would later become known as The Residents. It was compiled and sent to Hal Halverstadt, the executive who signed Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band to Warner Bros. Records.

Like their other recordings from between 1967 and 1972, The Warner Bros. Album is not considered by The Residents to be part of their official discography.


The Warner Bros. Album is perhaps better known for its role in the history of the band than for its contents (which are not considered by The Residents to be at all representative of their later direction).

In hopes of gaining wider exposure, was mailed anonymously to Hal Halverstadt at Warner Bros. Records. The band had hoped that Halverstadt, who had signed Captain Beefheart to the label, would appreciate their earnest experiments and, ideally, offer them a budget and a major label platform.

According to Uncle Willie's Highly Opinionated Guide to The Residents, Halverstadt was not overly impressed with the tape (describing it as "okay at best"), but awarded it an "A for Ariginality." The tape was returned, and addressed to "Residents, 20 Sycamore St., San Francisco," giving the group a name idea for their band, first as Residents Uninc., and finally, after the creation of The Cryptic Corporation a few years later, The Residents.

Track listing[]

  1. Strawberry Fields Forever (Lennon-McCartney)
  2. The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany
  3. Baby Skeletons & Dogs
  4. Bop Bop (Shoo Bop Bop)
  5. Stuffed Genital
  6. Every Day I Masturbate on A Merican Fag
  7. Oh Mommy, Oh Daddy, Can't You See that it's True?
  8. Baby Skeletons & Dogs (Reprise)
  9. The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany (Reprise)
  10. Love & Peace
  11. The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany (Reprise 2)
  12. Black Velvet Original
  13. The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany (Reprise 3)
  14. Christmas Morning Foto
  15. The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany (Reprise 4)
  16. In the Still of the Night
  17. Maggie's Farm (B. Dylan)
  18. Snot and Feces: Live at the Grunt Festival
  19. Sweet Meat
  20. Oh Yeah Uhh Bop Shoo Bop
  21. Ohm is Where the Art Is
  22. Concerto in R Flat Minor
  23. Gagagapiggaeioupe
  24. Sell American
  25. Love Theme from a Major Motion Picture
  26. Prelude for Accordion, Sousaphone and French Horn
  27. Oh God You're a Pie in the Sky
  28. Short Circuit Comes to Town
  29. Marching Toward AEIOU Blues
  30. In the Still of the Night Again
  31. Oh Mommy, Oh Daddy, Can't You See that it's True Again
  32. Art the White Elephant
  33. Psychedelic and Orgasmic Finale


The The Warner Bros. Album and Baby Sex demo tapes were both broadcast to the public in their entirety on KBOO-FM radio in Portland, Oregon, during a Residents-themed radio festival in 1977. Most versions of these two tapes that are available are home recordings of this broadcast, although higher quality copies from an earlier generation copy have recently become available in a limited series of bootleg CD-Rs.

It is said that these reels were stolen from the band's archives by a former associate and later made available for profit, and as with their other early demo tapes and reels, The Residents and The Cryptic Corporation do not approve of their availability.

Excerpts from The Warner Bros. Album have since become available on the ERA B474 and The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss compilations but otherwise has not officially been released in its entirety other than the aforementioned 1977 broadcast.


  • In 2004, a remix album, WB:RMX, was released by The Cryptic Corporation as a response to the increasing demand for the original tape's release, and the fact that bootleg recordings of the tape were already being circulated on the Internet, defeating the purpose of an official release.
  • "Sell American" was sampled in the track "Pink," found in the Chicken Scratching with The Residents compilation, sold in 2010 on the Talking Light tour.
  • A 2011 EYEFUL download of a Talking Light rehearsal included "Baby Skeletons & Dogs", indicating that the song was considered for the tour, but eventually not included in the set list.

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