Okay here’s another one. This photo was used on the cover of the first BUY or DIE!, Ralph Records’ mail order catalog. It was back in the 70’s - I think. (Sometimes I don’t remember all this stuff so good.) Anyway, we thought it had a kind of spunky, way-to-go, hang-in-there-Jesus quality that typified Ralph back in those days. We even put it on a T-shirt, but I don’t think I have one any more.
So this is an old picture I found from around the time of the Third Reich ‘n Roll. We shot the movie then a few days later we took these photos. I don’t think this one has ever been used, but I guess it probably showed up somewhere. You have to guess which one is me.
I know Chuck has a big weekend coming up what with his album being released and all, so I thought this would be a good time to show all of his fans what a WILD AND CRAZY GUY he was - back in the day. (I certify that this photo is 100% authentic - R)
Okay, so people keep asking me all these personal questions, so I guess I will start answering them with a new series of postings about me. I might as well start at the beginning or even before that - here’s my grandma and grandpa. The deer head is from my uncle who killed and ate just about anything that crawled, walked, flew or swam, except people of course (I’m pretty sure about that).
Like I said, I have lots of little souvenirs that I have collected up over the years and will be showing some as Residents’ History Lessons in this the 40th year of our so called existence. This one is a picture of Chuck working on one of the shopping carts from Vileness Fats. I made sure to leave the photo in its natural SUPER FUNKY state so you would know that it’s THE REAL THING!
Hey Everybody! Back in the dark ages of 1995 The Residents released a CD-Rom (remember them?) called BAD DAY ON THE MIDWAY. It was a game - but a very strange game. It came out on a label called Inscape which was backed by Warner Music and had the biggest budget of any project we’ve ever done - we’re talking hundreds of thousands of quankers, no shit! It had great graphics, cool music and mondo weird game play.
Well anyway, with overpriced with mostly lousy product, people intelligently quit buying buying CD-Roms and they went away or became games where you shoot people, or monsters, or old ladies pushing baby carriages or whatever. Meanwhile, technology continued to, uh, advance. Five years after we released it, nobody could play BAD DAY ON THE MIDWAY - on anything.
But it’s still cool. So I decided to take all the weird characters and the whacked out story and make them into a book - like a short novel - and it’s almost done. So I’ll be putting some stuff from it up here to see what people think.
For all the skeptics out there (like I would make this stuff up), here’s a copy of Western Kennel World from Oct, 1935. (This picture came from eBay - they’re actually trying to get 20 quankers for it. LOL, as the young folks say.) In addition to the printing press, the whole building was CRAMMED FULL of all this doggy stuff, like this lovely photo of Spice (that’s what it says - right on the back), the Santa Dog photo, and many, many more. It was kind of like Christmas - or Halloween - I’m always getting those mixed up.
When we rented the building at Sycamore St. late in 1971, the lower floor, destined to become our recording and video studios, was occupied by a huge printing press. The previous tenant was Western Kennel World, a doggy magazine, which after a million years, had gone belly up. It was like everybody went home one day and never came back, leaving us with a lovely, but useless, piece of machinery. We complained to the owner who hired an old black guy to come in every day with a sledge hammer. Piece by piece, the printing press went away. It was almost gone when this picture was taken.