Monday, January 7, 2008

The Residents

An even more radically deconstructive cover from the Residents. I saw this video at some point in the eighties, and was really impressed with the possibility of contemporary avant garde versions of popular culture. The lyrics to It's a Man's Man's World sound completely crazy out of context ("it wouldn't be nothing without a woman . . . or a girl"), and the Residents make them seem even creepier. It reminds me of another one of my favorites, Summer Breeze, which is equally disturbing but always satisfyingly funky. The Residents were known for performing with big eyeballs on their heads and they were (and still are) anonymous. Oddly enough, this is one of their more accessible songs. I never could actually "listen" to them.

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