Demons Dance Alone

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Demons Dance Alone
Studio album by The Residents
Released 2002
Genre Alternative rock, Noise rock
The Residents chronology
Icky Flix
(2001)
Demons Dance Alone (2002) Animal Lover (2005)
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Demons Dance Alone is a 2002 concept album by The Residents about the emotional effects of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The album is split into three main parts, "Loss", "Denial", and "The Three Metaphors", bookended by "Tongue" and "Demons Dance Alone", and broken up by various untitled transitional instrumentals.

The CD booklet contains the section "The Residents Have Left The Building", which at first might be taken to indicate that none of the original members are still in the band. It does state that "a few" of those involved are "the flesh and blood residue of our mythical heroes, maintaining appearances for mostly sentimental reasons. But can any of these shadowy sidemen truthfully call themselves THE RESIDENTS? No more than you or I, but if no one claims to be a RESIDENT, doesn't that mean everyone is a potential RESIDENT?"

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tongue" – 1:11

Loss[edit]

  1. "Life Would Be Wonderful" – 3:50
    • Occasionally listed as "Mr. Wonderful"
  2. "The Weatherman" – 3:06
  3. "Ghost Child" – 2:56
  4. "Caring" – 3:50
  5. "Honey Bear" – 4:14
  6. "The Car Thief" – 3:59
  7. "Neediness" – 4:08
  8. – 0:25¤
  9. "Tongue (Part 2)" 0:44¤
  10. – 0:06¤

Denial[edit]

  1. "Thundering Skies" – 2:54
  2. "Mickey Macaroni" – 2:44
  3. "Betty's Body" – 3:31
  4. "My Brother Paul" – 3:07
  5. – 0:17¤
  6. "Baja" – 2:29
  7. – 0:27¤
  8. "Tongue (Part 3)" 0:32¤
  9. – 0:04¤

Three Metaphors[edit]

  1. "Beekeeper's Daughter" – 2:53
  2. – 0:08¤
  3. "Wolverines" – 2:58
  4. – 0:04¤
  5. "Make Me Moo" – 2:41
  6. – 0:35¤
  7. "Tongue (Part 4)" 1:03¤
  8. "Demons Dance Alone" – 3:43

¤Not listed.

Limited Edition Bonus CD[edit]

  1. "Sleepwalker" - 2:55
  2. "Hidden Hand (Instrumental)" - 1:44
  3. "Black Cats" - 1:18

Early Scratch Recordings From Demons Dance Alone[edit]

  1. "Weatherman" - 2:02
  2. "Make Me Moo" - 2:15
  3. "The Car Thief" - 1:32
  4. "The Brother Paul" - 1:25
  5. "Caring" - 1:11
  6. "Honey Bear" - 1:39
  7. "Wolverines" - 1:33
  8. "Mickey Macaroni" - 2:03
  9. "Demons Dance Alone" - 1:08
  10. "Happy Thanksgiving" - 2:22
  11. "Hidden Hand (Vocal)" - 2:23
  12. "Vampire" - 3:07
  13. "Tortured" - 3:12

Vocals[edit]

The album consisted of some unique vocals from other Residents albums. Credited guest artist Molly Harvey plays an expanded role in this album, although she has played a big role in albums at the time. She leads entirely on "The Weatherman", "Caring", "the Car Thief", and "The Beekeeper's Daughter", as well as a partial lead on "Life Would Be Wonderful". She also headlined on four other songs on their previous album, "Wormwood". She is also known for singing in a 'creepy little girl' voice on "Ghost Child", "Mickey Macaroni", "Make Me Moo", and previous Residents works ("Twinkle 2000", etc...). Though previously thought to be an actual child singing the vocals, Molly Harvey does sing that way in live performances.

Most of the songs are led or partially led by The Residents' main singer, a man with a low, "hard whisper" singing voice.

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