Eskimo (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1979
RecordedApril 1976 – May 1979
GenreAvant-garde, ambient
LabelRalph Records
ProducerThe Residents
The Residents chronology
Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
Commercial Album
Singles from Eskimo
  1. "Diskomo"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
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text detailing a corresponding pseudo-ethnographic narrative.[3] While Eskimo is officially maintained to be a true historical document of life in the Arctic, the stories are deliberately absurd fictions only loosely based in actual Inuit culture, and the chanting is a combination of gibberish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. 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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by The Residents.



  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ 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.