Since forming in 1972, this anonymous gang of California oddballs/eyeballs would foreshadow much of the AnCo aesthetic: The masks, an obsession with aggressively surrealist long form music video, running your own record label, sampling records beyond recognition, the suffocating layers of vocal tweakery, and turning homemade instruments into avant-pop insanity — especially on the Eskimo story album, which vacillates between Lynchian sound-effect record and snowblind horror-ambient cartoon.

Deakin: I was so young. My dad would listen to Dylan and Hendrix and Beatles but there was this one Residents record — it wasn't the full Duck Stab record, it only has four songs on it. I remember as kid, I was 7 years old, "Put that record on, dad."


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