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The Residents: Fingerprince [Ralph, 1976]
With its mechanized vocal sounds and displaced melodies, this is the kind of vanguardy post-pop pastiche Frank Zappa might be putting together if he hadn't left his brain at the bank in 1971. Most of my informants prefer Meet the Residents or (especially) Third Reich n' Roll, with its disrespectful but familiar quotes from the likes of "It's My Party" and "96 Tears," but I find this current album more listenable--Another Green World with a chip on its shoulder, sort of. B