Ever heard of The Residents? No? Not surprised.
The crazed San Franciscan
oddballs eyeballs have been making weird music for over four decades.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first release, 1972’s “Santa Dog” single, the group is releasing what they call the Ultimate Box Set. For $100,000, this “box set” takes the compilation cake.
That being said, this “box set” doesn’t come in any ol’ box. Instead, buyers receive a 28-cubic-foot refrigerator filled with over 100 Residents items, including an iconic eyeball-and-top-hat mask and other “objects.” As for actual music, the fridge comes packed with 563 songs on 40 vinyl LPs, 50 CDs, dozens of singles, EPs, DVDs and CD-ROMs.
So, you love The Residents, but you don’t have 100K just laying around? No problem. “Have a bake sale,” presses Residents frontman “Randy.” “Sell a gddamned kidney if you have to.” Only 10 of these puppies will be available for purchase on Christmas morning, so maybe you’ll want to sell a friends’ kidney too. When he wakes up in a bathtub full of ice, you can show him your new refrigerator and explain, with good reason, why you had to cut him open.
If you do have an extra hundred stacks in your piggy bank, you might be able to afford the mystery box “Randy” advertises. This one clocks in at $5 million.
If anyone can pull off this bizarre stunt, it’s probably The Residents. The band of artists/performers/musicians have been turning pop culture on its head since the mid-1960s while wearing tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks. Oh yeah, they’ve maintained anonymity the entire time.
Head to theresidents.com on Christmas morning to get yours.