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

The Warner Bros. Album is a demo tape recorded in 1971, before The Residents agreed on a band name. It served as the group's attempt to get signed to a major label (Warner Bros. Records, specifically).

This album, as well as three other proto-albums recorded between 1970 and 1971 (Rusty Coathangers for the DoctorThe Warner Bros. Album and Baby Sex), is not considered by The Residents to be part of their legacy, mostly due to its poor quality and lack of any direction or artistic value. Despite this fact, The Warner Bros. Album and Baby Sex were broadcast to the public on KBOO-FM radio in Portland, Oregon, during a Residents-themed radio festival in 1977. It is also undeniable that The Warner Bros. Album is a crucial part of The Residents' history.

Legacy

In hopes of gaining bigger exposure, the tape was mailed anonymously to Hal Halverstadt, at Warner Bros. Records, who had worked with Captain Beefheart, to which the group held great admiration.

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, which first presented itself as "Residents Uninc,." and a few years later as "The Residents."

Track listing

  1. Strawberry Fields Forever (Lennon-McCartney)
  2. The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany
  3. Baby Skeletons & Dogs
  4. Bop Bop (Shoobop 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)
  12. Black Velvet Original
  13. The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany (reprise)
  14. Christmas Morning Foto
  15. The Mad Sawmill of Copenhagen, Germany (reprise)
  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 Shoobop
  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. (unknown title)
  32. Oh Mommy, Oh Daddy, Can't You See that it's True Again
  33. Art the White Elephant
  34. Psychedelic and Orgasmic Finale

Trivia

  • In 2004, a remix album of the entire tape, 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.
  • It is possible that "Sell American" was sampled in the track "Pink," found in the Chicken Scratching with The Residents compilation, sold in the 2010 Talking Light tour. Arguably, it could have been a WB:RMX outtake.

See also

  • ERA B4-74
  • The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss

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