CD - 2009 - MVD Audio - MVDA4922 - US
2. The Dancing Duck 4:16
3. Floating Down the Nile, Part 2 5:46
4. Squeaky Wheels 3:09
5. The Lonely Lotus 6:10
6. Rendering the Bacon 5:13
7. The Horns of Hanynesville 9:56
8. The Wondering Jew 6:02
9. Charlie Chan 4:04
10. In The Dark 10:22
The Residents then promptly christened this conceptual alter ego as THE UGHS!
Realizing that their new direction was not unlike the methodology of psychodrama, they immediately saw THE UGHS as the perfect vehicle for exploring the conflicted emotions of Nate, the Voice of MIdnight's tormented protagonist, and threw themselves into a feverish schedule, recording loose and spontaneous music night and day. Working backwards from this improvised beginning, The Residents then fashioned "written music" from the raw, impulsive ideas they had created. The entire musical structure of The Voice of Midnight was built on these pieces.
For the next two years these original Ughs recordings languished in a box containing various demos, rough ideas and backup files, until someone, in a moment of idle curiosity, put one in a CD player. One-by-one, everyone in the room began to listen. Hearing it with fresh ears, the music of THE UGHS, freed from its previous role supporting The Voice of Midnight's narrative, sounded as fresh and dynamic as it did when it was first recorded. The time had come to resurrect THE UGHS.
Falling in the direction of a ritualized, primitive free jazz, some will find THE UGHS startling and unpleasant, while others will appreciate the humanity and beauty underlying its rough surface. Regardless, no longer cloaked in the darkness of midnight, THE UGHS is unlike anything ever recorded by The Residents.
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This album is universal. I think it is beyond culture or time. Every single song requires nothing mental; it only asks to be heard as it is. It is an incredibly powerful album that The Residents stumbled upon. I think one of the most important parts of the cover is the word "presents". This is what happens when you don't exploit sound, but instead just let it exist and watch it swirl around like so much water in a bathtub. It is an ineffable album.