Tweedles

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Tweedles
Tweedles.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 2006
Recorded2005–2006
GenreAvant-rock
Length61:09
LabelMute[1]
EMI
The Residents chronology
River Of Crime
(2006)
Tweedles
(2006)
The Voice of Midnight
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

Tweedles is a concept album by The Residents.[3][4][5] It was released on October 31, 2006. The CD is accompanied by a two-part book: the first half consists of the album's spoken lines, and the second half contains the lyrics of the songs.

It was recorded in 2006 when the Residents were invited by a friend in Romania to try out his new recording studios.[6] As The Residents' own studio was undergoing maintenance to make it earthquake-resistant and could not be used for a year, they took the opportunity to record a new album.

Concept[edit]

Tweedles tells the story of an "emotional vampire" from a first person perspective. He draws power from his well-developed ability to manipulate both men and women into seeing him as their perfect lover, at which point he uses that affection in order to secure sexual favors before moving onto his next victim, leaving confusion and pain in his wake while feeling nothing. The character is shown contemplating his internal conflicts, lack of empathy, and romantic idealism, which he deems "disgusting". Toward the end of the album it is revealed that Tweedles is the name of a clown alter-ego the narrator would have created if he had succeeded in becoming an entertainer.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Dreams"3:54
2."Almost Perfect"4:05
3."Mark of the Male"2:14
4."Life"3:37
5."Isolation"4:21
6."Stop Signs"6:05
7."Elevation"4:55
8."Forgiveness"1:28
9."Insincere"2:07
10."The Perfect Lover"3:32
11."Brown Cow"5:18
12."Sometimes"3:06
13."Ugly (At the End)"3:19
14."Keep Talkin'"3:41
15."Shame on Me"6:50
16."Susie Smiles"2:37
Total length:61:09

Tabasco[edit]

Tabasco
Demo album by
ReleasedJanuary 1st 2010
Recorded2005 - 2006
GenreAmbient, Instrumental
Length55:13
LabelRalph Sells Downloads
ProducerThe Cryptic Corporation
The Residents chronology
The Fillmore Dress Rehearsal
(2010)
Tabasco
(2010)
RMX
(2010)

On January 1, 2010, The Residents released 'Tabasco', a collection of 3 instrumental demo tracks which would ultimately evolve into Tweedles. The album was sold through their digital download store, 'Ralph Sells Downloads'.[7] On May 15, 2015, following the shut down of RSD, the album was re-released through the Ralphlet Outlet bandcamp page for a limited time.[8] The second version features new artwork.

All three tracks are named after the classical elements. 'Air' features early versions of 'Dreams', 'Life', 'Isolation' & 'Mark Of The Male'. 'Earth' features 'Stop Signs', 'Almost Perfect', 'Elevation', & 'Keep Talking'. 'Water' features 'Brown Cow' 'Dreams' 'Shame On Me' 'Ugly' & 'Susie Smiles'.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Air"19:34
2."Earth"21:27
3."Water"14:12
Total length:55:13

Credits[edit]

  • Composed & Performed By The Residents
  • With Guests: Carla Fabrizio, Nolan Cook, Gerri Lawlor & The Film Orchestra of Bucharest
  • Recorded By: The Artists & Kevin Ink, 2006
  • Published By: Pale Pachyderm Publishing, BMI / Warner Chappell, BMI
  • Project Manager for Mute: Robert Schilling
  • Thanks To: Olivier Cormier Otano
  • Produced By: The Cryptic Corporation

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Just In! New(ish) Music We Currently Love | The Village Voice". www.villagevoice.com.
  2. ^ "Tweedles! - The Residents | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Tweedles!". Washington City Paper.
  4. ^ Molon, Dominic; Diederichsen, Diedrich; Elms, Anthony; Hell, Richard; Graham, Dan; Higgs, Matthew; Koether, Jutta; Nickas, Bob; Kelley, Mike; Tumlir, Jan (March 21, 2007). Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300134261 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "The Residents". All Tomorrow's Parties.
  6. ^ "Album: The Residents". The Independent. October 27, 2006.
  7. ^ "The Residents' Robot Selling Device: Home". 2010-01-03. Archived from the original on 2010-01-03. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  8. ^ "Music | The Residents". 2015-08-10. Archived from the original on 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2020-10-28.