This little flyer was included with one of the albums I bought but I don't remember which one. It's probably not a gig poster and I feel confident that The Residents certainly wouldn't endorse any kind of racial hatred. Reading any racist leanings into this image is probably the bi-product of your own personal baggage.
The residents have done a lot of posters
that are just residents posters i.e. not necessarily for shows or tours. I think some of us are getting a little anal about the "gig" thing. It's a poster for a band (and one of my favorites at that) and I might never have seen it otherwise. Besides, I'm inclined to cut them some slack because the artist is my homonym (sp?) brother. Tho I've always been suspicious about spelling it Stephen...
It's amazing how loaded an image becomes merely by what the viewer infers from it...For anyone not knowing the Residents' history, this could totally look like a Klan photo; merely because more people know those shapes to LOOK like what they know of as The Klan, which unfortunately has more media weight than The Residents.
I'd like to think of them as Happy Little Jawas staring down at R2D2...it's even got kind of a desert color palette. ;-)
so, lotsa good info here. now, is it a real poster, or something somebody slapped together to look cool and post up here? and (to go back to the original questions about this thing) is it really a tour poster?
this poster is still a mystery.
when i said this has to do with the residents as this photograph was in an album release image. however, i did NOT say this particular image was racist. but it was seen as racist. interesting how people interepret things. heres an older press clipping.
from an older article.
"The Residents, in newspaper costumes, dancing around to the album's version of Land of 1000 Dances in a newspaper world the band created in their studio. In the second half, a newspaper man is joined by an Atomic Shopping Cart, giant pork chops, and various other props from the Vileness Fats movie in a pixelated dance. The newspaper costumes caused more publicity problems for the band, though, since the tall, conical hoods led some of people to think that the group was promoting the Klu Klux Klan. In actual fact, the costumes were made that way because that was the simplest way to make a head-covering out of newspaper. Fortunately, these rumours didn't begin until well after the album was released, letting The Residents worry about these problems one at a time."
this has alot to do with the residents history. the 3rd reich of rock and roll was in 1976. this was an image with the actual album. heck the cover had hitler and swasticas on it.
heres the image that this guy used on this poster.
the cover (had to be redone for the usa
this was done in 1976. uggh.
The residents logo is from 'fingerprince' era (1997).
The imagery looks like fingerprince eyeballs combined with the newpaper costumes from one of the videos off 'the commercial album" or maybe third reich and roll. I no longer have a laser disc player so I dunno.
the only controversy here is figuring out whether this poster is for real or not.
posters are supposed to attract attention through (among other things) controversy and promoting discussion and thought. so, this poster actually is pretty successful in several ways.
i just can't figure out if it's a real poster for 'the residents' that i'm familiar with, or if it's something else. curious.
no "picking on white culture" here(or whatever that stuff is. i'm white and it's not MY culture)
art chantry wrote: "maybe it's some idiotic punk/metal/goth band who doesn't understand that this image is basically racist and doesn't realize that the name "the residents" has already been taken."
if that's the case, they should change their name to "the occupants."
the residents may have a new schtik - white suprematism.
somehow, i get the feeling that this poster has nothing to do with the residents, but is some sort of thing done for "fun", maybe by a student. i can't imagine the residents going for this sort of imagery. they stand against this sort of stuff, to my knowledge.
maybe it's some idiotic punk/metal/goth band who doesn't understand that this image is basically racist and doesn't realize that the name "the residents" has already been taken.
putting a "spot for info" on a tour poster is optional. anybody with a black marking pen could easily turn this into an event poster by just scribbling date/time/place over the figure's bodies. the walls of clubs are covered with promo posters used as concert posters. every promo poster i ever did was used as a gigposter by some promoter with a marking pen.
i'm just pointing out that these definitions we adhere to are extremely arbitrary.
well it is suspect and i'm thinking it's a fake BUT info could easily be added on the boddies
the brown is pretty pale
i do think it's weird though that this guy only has 2 posters up and they both claim to be tour posters
i also don't see the residents comissioning this