"Subterranean Modern was Ralph Records' first album involving music from anyone other than The Residents or Snakefinger. The idea was to widen Ralph's appeal by bringing a greater variety of styles into the label. To this end Ralph had four band submit contributions on the theme of "San Francisco". Each was required to include a version of <a href="/artist/Tony+Bennett">Tony Bennett</a>'s I Left My Heart In San Francisco. The four bands chosen were The Residents (of course), Chrome, Tuxedomoon, and MX-80 Sound..." (notes from The Residents website)
Another fantastic compilation with The Residents on it is the near perfect “Subterranean Modern”, which was the first release on Ralph to feature 'other' bands other than The Residents. What a magnificent quartet of examples from the crusty edge of the pop-pie we have here.
The proto-industrial punk of the beyond great Chrome, the proto alt-rock pre-post punk of MX80 Sound, the unclassifiable Residents (sigh!), and Tuxedomoon from when they were good,if not great!
This is the format that best showcases The Residents, like side one of 'Fingerprince; like 'Duck Stab',like 'The Commercial Album',like 'The Tunes of Two Cities'; amongst too few other examples from the eyeball headed ones vast back catalogue, that,quite frankly, after 1984 sucked bad! They were always better,touching on genius with the shorter avant-pop format than the stretched out concepts of, for example, Eskimo.Maybe 'The Big Bubble(part Four of the Mole Trilogy)' was their last good album.Also the over embracing of the 'latest' technology also fucked up the inventiveness......as it does with everyone. Here we have The Residents at their absolute peak of strangeness.
|A2||–Chrome||I Left My Heart In San Francisco||0:27|
|A3||–Chrome||Meet You In The Subway||5:15|
|A4||–MX-80 Sound||Lady In Pain||2:49|
|A5||–MX-80 Sound||I Left My Heart In San Francisco||1:52|
|B1||–The Residents||I Left My Heart In San Francisco||2:02|
|B2||–The Residents||Dumbo, The Clown (Who Loved Christmas)||2:07|
|B3||–The Residents||Is He Really Bringing Roses? (The Replacement)||2:34|
|B4||–The Residents||Time's Up||2:54|
|B5||–Tuxedomoon||I Left My Heart In San Francisco||1:03|
|B6||–Tuxedomoon||Everything You Want||4:14|
DOWNLOAD from a modern subterranean paradise from the past HERE!