Since their formation in 1969, The Residents have gained worldwide recognition as one of the premier acts in popular avant-garde music and art. Their discography is extensive, to say the least, including over 40 studio LPs alone. This particular EP, released in 1978, was rereleased the same year with seven additional songs as Duck Stab/Buster & Glen, the collective’s fourth studio LP. For these purposes, I’ll be reviewing Duck Stab! as it appeared on side one of Duck Stab/Buster & Glen, in a different track order than on the original EP.
Constantinople: Automatically, Duck Stab! is a showcase of dissonant, unsettling melodies. This opener establishes the quirky, oftentimes straight-up weird ambience which is so often emulated by The Residents. The track is a surreal look at death which catches the listener off guard with its almost poppy refrain.
Sinister Exaggerator: This, a more sonically dark experience…