Eskimo (album)

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Studio album by The Residents
Released September 1979
Recorded April 1976-May 1979
Genre Avant-garde
Label Ralph Records
Producer The Residents
The Residents chronology
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1] 10/10 stars[2]

Eskimo is an album by The Residents that was originally supposed to follow 1977's Fingerprince. However, due to many delays and arguments with management, it was not released until 1979. Upon release it was hailed as the group's best record to date.

The pieces on Eskimo are generally made up of sound effects, occasional playing on home-made instruments and gibberish standing in for actual Inuit. The stories were all created by the group and, despite their claims otherwise, is not meant to be a true historical document of life in the Arctic.

A companion piece, "Diskomo", was released in 1980 as a 12-inch single, featuring a remix of the songs backed by a disco beat. A follow-up EP Diskomo 2000, featuring the original remix, its b-side ("Goosebump", a collection of children's songs played on toy musical instruments) and several other versions was released in 2000.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Walrus Hunt" – 4:01
  2. "Birth" – 4:33
  3. "Arctic Hysteria" – 5:57
  4. "The Angry Angakok" – 5:20
  5. "A Spirit Steals a Child" – 8:44
  6. "The Festival of Death" – 10:26
  • Bonus Tracks (1987 CD release only)
  1. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  2. Dumbo the Clown (Who Loved Christmas)
  3. Is He Really Bringing Roses? (The Replacement)
  4. Time's Up



Concerning the sarcastic "press release"