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 30, 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
Allmusic [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.

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 bonus tracksEdit

Tracks 15-18 taken from the 1980 EP Diskomo/Goosebump.

No.TitleLength
15."Disaster"3:48
16."Plants"3:14
17."Farmers"5:27
18."Twinkle"1:58
Total length:49:04

2018 pREServed editionEdit

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:44:16
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."Weight-Lifting Lulu (live 2014)"3:30
13."Blue Rosebuds RMX"3:24
14."The 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:1:11:51

PersonnelEdit

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

CoversEdit

  • American punk band Ism recorded an uptempo cover of "Constantinople" (with a part of "Blue Rosebuds" in the middle) and released it on a 12" EP in 1984, also entitled Constantinople.
  • "Blue Rosebuds" was covered by Shock Headed Peters on the compilation album Devastate to Liberate in December 1985.
  • Primus released a medley of the songs "Hello Skinny" and "Constantinople" on the Caroline Records compilation promotional CD On the Nineties Tip... in 1990, and included it as a bonus track on the 2002 reissue of Frizzle Fry. Shortly afterward, they covered "Sinister Exaggerator" on their 1992 EP Miscellaneous Debris. In the UK, it was on the CD single "Making Plans for Nigel (Cheesy EP 2)."
  • "Bach is Dead" is covered by Idiot Flesh on their 1997 album Fancy.
  • "Hello Skinny" and "The Electrocutioner" are covered by Flat Earth Society on their 2000 album Bonk.
  • Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People covered "Blue Rosebuds" on their 2010 album The Sacred Prune of Remembrance.

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.