Eskimo (album)

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Eskimo
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 26, 1979
RecordedApril 1976 – May 1979
GenreAvant-garde, ambient
Length39:01
LabelRalph Records
ProducerThe Residents
The Residents chronology
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
(1978)
Eskimo
(1979)
Commercial Album
(1980)
Singles from Eskimo
  1. "Diskomo"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Ultimate-Guitar.com10/10 stars[2]

Eskimo is an album by the Residents. The album 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.[citation needed]

The pieces on Eskimo feature home-made instruments and chanting against backdrops of wind-like synthesizer noise and miscellaneous sound effects. The work is programmatic, each piece pairing music with text detailing a corresponding pseudo-ethnographic narrative.[3] While Eskimo is officially maintained to be a true historical document of life in the Arctic, the stories are deliberately absurd fictions only loosely based in actual Inuit culture, and the chanting is a combination of gibberish and commercial slogans. The album satirizes ignorance toward and mistreatment of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.[1]

Diskomo [edit]

A companion piece, Diskomo, was released in 1980 as a 12-inch single, featuring a remix of the songs backed by a disco beat. In 1988, Diskomo was covered by Belgian new beat group L&O, and retitled "Even Now". Diskomo 2000, a follow-up EP 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. The EP's title track, "Diskomo 2000" redoes Diskomo in the style of "Even Now".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by The Residents.

Original Track Listing
No.TitleLength
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"10:20
Total length:39:01
1987 Bonus Tracks.
No.TitleLength
7."In San Francisco"2:02
8."Dumbo The Clown" (Guitar by Fred Frith)2:07
9."Is He Really Bringing Roses?"2:34
10."Time's Up" (Guitar by Fred Frith)2:54
2019 pREServed edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
7."Eskimo 1978 (Demo)"14:19
8."Eskimo Acapella Suite"20:52
9."Kenya"2:28
10."Middle East Dance (From 'ICE2')"3:22
11."Scottish Rhapsody"2:55
12."Diskomo (Demo)"3:00
13."Diskomo"7:55
14."Disaster"3:51
15."Plants"3:15
16."Farmers"5:26
17."Twinkle"2:01
18."Heart In SF"2:08
19."I Left My Heart In San Francisco"2:02
20."Dumbo The Clown (Who Loved Christmas)"2:09
21."Is He Really Bringing Roses?"2:36
22."Time's Up"2:56
23."The Sleeper"3:27
24."Eskimo Suite (1982 Rehearsal)"8:22
25."Diskomo (1982 Rehearsal)"2:41
26."Festival Of Death (Live 1986)"4:38
27."Diskomo (Live In San Francisco, 1987)"3:18
28."Eskimo Opera Proposal"5:27

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Ultimate-Guitar.com review
  3. ^ "The Iceman Just Took A Turn For The Better (Eskimo)". The Cryptic Corporation. September 26, 1979. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014.