Duck Stab/Buster & Glen

Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen, later renamed as just Duck Stab, is the fifth studio album by The Residents, released in November 1978. It is named after the first side of the album, Duck Stab!, a seven-song EP released earlier in 1978 featuring shorter songs similar to the first side of Fingerprince. Buster and Glen, the B-side of the album, was intended to follow Duck Stab! presumably in early 1979.

Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
Duck Stab Buster.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1978
RecordedOctober 1977-August 1978
GenreAvant-garde, new wave[1]
Length34:30
LabelRalph
East Side Digital
ProducerThe Residents
The Residents chronology
Not Available
(1978)
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
(1978)
Eskimo
(1979)
Buster & Glen cover
Buster and Glen EP cover.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[3]
Glorious Noise(Recommended) [4]

After the first pressing of Duck Stab! quickly sold out—which was an oddity for the band—they decided to re-release it as an album, merged with the unreleased Buster and Glen. This was also in part due to the audio quality of the original EP, which The Residents stated was poor.[5]

The shorter length of the songs made the album more accessible for fans who had recently heard "Satisfaction", and songs like "Constantinople" and "Hello Skinny" helped cement the band's cult following. This album features guitar by Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman.

The album was reissued in 2018. It was digitally remastered, and included extra live, rehearsal, unreleased and reimagined tracks. It was released within a six panel digipack sleeve bringing the total of songs to 40.[6]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written and composed by The Residents, except "Sinister Exaggerator", composed by The Residents and Snakefinger.

Side one: Duck Stab
No.TitleLength
1."Constantinople"2:23
2."Sinister Exaggerator"3:28
3."The Booker Tease"1:04
4."Blue Rosebuds"3:08
5."Laughing Song"2:12
6."Bach Is Dead"1:12
7."Elvis and His Boss"2:29
Side two: Buster & Glen
No.TitleLength
8."Lizard Lady"1:54
9."Semolina"2:48
10."Birthday Boy"2:41
11."Weight-Lifting Lulu"3:11
12."Krafty Cheese"1:59
13."Hello Skinny"2:41
14."The Electrocutioner"3:20
Total length:34:30
1987 CD release bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
15."Disaster"3:48
16."Plants"3:14
17."Farmers"5:27
18."Twinkle"1:58
Total length:49:04

2018 pREServed edition

Disc One
No.TitleLength
15."Guylum Bardot '78"1:07
16."Soulful Sax"2:20
17."Ow Boutthat"0:50
18."When Johnny Comes Marching"1:37
19."Unlisted"2:00
20."Santa Dog '78"1:52
Total length:44:00
Disc Two
No.TitleLength
1."Bach Is Dead (1982 Rehearsal)"1:21
2."Birthday Boy (1982 Rehearsal)"3:42
3."Constantinople (1982 Rehearsal)"2:11
4."DS / BAG Suite (Tromsø, Inconvenienced, 1986)"13:22
5."Semolina (Live, 1986)"3:56
6."Hello Skinny (Icky Flix Version)"3:06
7."Constantinople (Icky Flix Version)"2:28
8."Lizard Lady / Hello Skinny (Live 2005)"5:10
9."Semolina (Live 2011)"3:47
10."Lizard Lady (Live 2011)"3:42
11."Blue Rosebuds (Live 2014)"3:08
12."Weightlifting Lulu (Live 2014)"3:30
13."Blue Rosebuds RMX (3:24)"3:24
14."Booker Tease (Re-Imagined)"2:24
15."Weight-Lifting Lulu (Re-Imagined)"3:17
16."Constantinople (Adobe)"1:55
17."Bach Is Dead (Re-Imagined)"2:26
18."Laughing Song (Re-Imagined)"2:23
19."The Electrocutioner (Re-Imagined)"2:39
20."Hello Skinny (Re-Imagined)"4:04
Total length:1:11:0

PersonnelEdit

Guests
  • Snakefinger – vocals, guitar
  • Ruby – vocals on "The Electrocutioner"
  • G. Whifler – photography
  • Pore No Graphics - cover art

In popular cultureEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ten Little Piggies Liner Notes
  2. ^ McCarthy, Kieran. Duck Stab/Buster & Glen at AllMusic
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Glorious Noise review
  5. ^ "Historical - The Residents: Duck Stab". Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  6. ^ "Duck Stab/Buster and Glen - 2018 Reissue". Discogs.
  7. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.