Stars & Hank Forever: The American Composers Series

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Stars & Hank Forever
Residents stars and hank.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 21, 1986
Recorded1986
GenreExperimental rock, Art rock, Electronic, Avant-garde
Length42:58
LabelRalph
ProducerThe Cryptic Corporation
The Residents chronology
The Big Bubble
(1985)
Stars & Hank Forever
(1986)
God in Three Persons
(1988)
Singles from Stars & Hank Forever
  1. "Kaw-Liga / Stars and Stripes Forever"
    Released: 1986
  2. "Kaw-Liga / Jambalaya"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]

Stars & Hank Forever is an album by American avant-garde group the Residents. Released in 1986, it is the second and last album in the American Composer series before its cancellation due to increasing difficulties in maintaining the project.[2]

The track "Kaw-Liga", later issued as a single, samples the rhythm and bassline of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" (a reference to country singer Billie Jean Horton, who was married to Williams before his death) and did well in the emerging European club scene, spawning several remixes; it is as close as the Residents ever got to a bona fide commercial hit.[3]

The "Sousaside" features sound effects recorded by Philip Perkins to create the effect of a marching band on a happy occasion; a mix of "Stars and Stripes Forever" without sound effects was released as a B-side to the "Kaw-Liga" single.

Stars & Hank Forever is also the last studio album to feature guitarist Snakefinger, before his early death in July 1987. The Williams song "Six More Miles" has since then become a sort of ceremonial number for the Residents, being performed in tribute to Snakefinger in 1987, and recently as an encore in 2018 in tribute to the death of Hardy Fox, one of the founding members of the group.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Hank Williams, except "Kaw-Liga" by Williams and Fred Rose.

Side one – Hank Williams
No.TitleLength
1."Hey Good Lookin'"2:47
2."Six More Miles (To the Graveyard)"4:15
3."Kaw-Liga"4:52
4."Ramblin' Man"3:13
5."Jambalaya"4:43
Total length:19:50
Side two – John Philip Sousa
No.TitleLength
6."Sousaside 23:10
Torso CD bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Kaw-Liga (Prairie mix)"Williams / Rose9:28
Total length:52:28

Personnel[edit]

  • The Residents – performance, arrangements
  • Snakefinger – slide guitar on "Hey Good Lookin'"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stars & Hank Forever: The American Composers Series at AllMusic
  2. ^ "The Residents' Historical - American Composers Series".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Shirley, Ian (2016). Never Known Questions: Five Decades of the Residents. UK: Cherry Red Books. ISBN 978-1909454262.