In the beginning there was:
Let's go back in time a little for my first scribbles on Electronic Cottage.
September 1987, that's when Gerry (classmate) gave me a mixed-tape of The Residents (side A had The Third Reich 'n Roll album and side B various songs). You can imagine the look on my face (at age 14) when I found out that music like that existed. Needless to say, I got hooked immediately and the following Saturday I went to town and bought everything that I could find of them. Remember the time that they still had real record stores? The smell of a record-store, the vibes inside the shop, I will never forget it, punks/rockers/skaters all side by side, each looking for their own little gems, CD-shops kinda ruined that one for me. Soon, I became a little collector of anything and everything I could get my little hands on... I started writing them (Ralph Records) and I even got some personalized items in the mailbox! I spent a small fortune on them back in the days, I got so deep into The Residents, that if I became a little deeper... I would be a Resident. I even had The Warner Bros. Album years before it got officially released.
October 27, 1989 my first concert of them, after two years of collecting I could finally see them... what an experience! (could've been the LSD, but I doubt it)
Let's be honest, everything they made in the 70's, simply amazing! The 80's same-same/but different, no other band even came close in producing such an amount of great albums! Ok, I didn't really like the Commercial Album, but that's a matter of taste. But then, only three years after I got to know them, they came out with Freak Show... I didn't get it, it sounded really boring to me. And unfortunately, I have had that feeling ever since.
I don't want to say that they got less genius, or less inventive, but something was missing for me. I stopped collecting, stopped going to their shows, I even sold my collection (for the wrong reasons) and for way too little money. May 8, 2001 I went to see them once more and halfway the show, Frank left the building. April 28, 2010 one last try and once more, it just didn't do it for me anymore. (maybe, it was the lack of LSD, but I doubt it)
Why I am writing this? Because, I wonder if other people have the same feeling about The Residents or maybe I am looking for someone who can convince me to listen to a certain album of them after 2000?
And why, why, why did Hardy Fox come out??? What happened to being anonymous?! Did he want to make more money as a solo-artist? To end my little rant, I want to say that I still have the utter most respect for the Eyeballed Ones! From 1972-till present, not many bands can top that! But in my humble opinion, as a collective... they could've existed forever! But then again... maybe they will.
Post-scriptum: Hell No! I will not stop making music!