Assorted Secrets

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Assorted Secrets
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Studio album and Live album by
RecordedFall 1981 - May 5, 1983
VenueThe House, Santa Monica, California
StudioThe Residents studio
GenreIndustrial, avant-garde, noise rock, experimental, avant-rock, art pop
LabelRalph Records[2]
ProducerScott Fraser
The Residents chronology
Residue of the Residents
Assorted Secrets
Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats?
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[3]

Assorted Secrets was originally released as a cassette-only extra by the band The Residents that featured some live-in-the-studio recordings as well as a live rehearsal of the Mole Show. Following the financial disaster that was the Mole Show tour, Ralph Records needed to release product fast, and while these takes were not high enough recording quality to warrant a vinyl release, they made an enjoyable cassette release for fans of the group. Supposedly The Residents are upset that this ever got out. Originally released in 1984, this was re-released as a limited edition (in a brown box advising the buyer not to listen) in 2000, featuring several bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Original cassette

Side One, recorded April 10, 1982

  1. Mark of the Mole

Side Two,

  1. The Letter
  2. Ship's a Goin' Down
  3. Bach Is Dead
  4. Birthday Boy
  5. Constantinople
  6. Die in Terror
  7. Give to Someone Else
  8. Smack Your Lips
  9. Song of the Wild
  10. Happy Home

Tracks 1-7 recorded Fall 1981

Tracks 8-10 recorded May 5, 1983[4]

CD reissue
  1. God Song
  2. The Letter
  3. Ships a' Goin' Down
  4. Bach Is Dead
  5. Birthday Boy
  6. Constantinople
  7. Die in Terror
  8. Give It to Someone Else
  9. Festival of Death
  10. Smack Your Lips
  11. Song of the Wild
  12. Happy Home
  13. Mark of the Mole Part 1
  14. Mark of the Mole Part 2
  15. Mark of the Mole Part 3


  1. ^ Bonini, Alessandro; Tamagnini, Emanuele (October 10, 2006). New wave: la prima e più completa guida sul genere che ha sovvertito le regole della musica. Gremese Editore. ISBN 9788884404121 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ " :: Residents".
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "The Residents - Assorted Secrets". Discogs.

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