“What are ghosts” ask The Residents – spirits of those no longer inhabiting the flesh, but unable to leave their lives behind? Or could ghosts be a manifestation of something even less tangible, like loneliness, unfulfilled desire or isolation? In a world where nearly everything has become defined and categorized, how do we fill our obvious, purely human need for the fuzzy , vague and supernatural – with TV commercials?
The ghost of a morbidly obese woman haunts her lesbian lover, filling the void of death with food commercials and Dr. Phil. A man becomes obsessed by the spirit of an executed serial killer who stuffed the mouths of his victims with Pudding Roll Ups, an extinct kid’s food from the 1980’s. A dead boa constrictor named Leonard (after Leonard Cohen, of course) plagues the mind of its former owner, currently consuming Oscar Meyer hot dogs by the dozen. These are just a few of the “ghost stories” told through the magic of The Residents’ Talking Light.
After all, even in death, will you ever forget that COCA COLA ADDS LIFE.
On January 23rd, Residents are going to kick off their North American tour entitled “Talking Light”. Listed below are announced tour dates:
January 23 – Rio (Santa Cruz, CA)
January 29 – Birch North Park Theater (San Diego, CA)
January 30 – Henry Fonda Theater (Los Angeles, CA)
January 31 – Rialto Theater (Tucson, AZ)
February 2 – Stubbs (Austin, TX)
February 3 – Granada (Dallas, TX)
February 4 – Hi Tone (Memphis, TN)
February 5 – Variety (Atlanta, GA)
February 7 – 9:30 Club (Washington, DC)
February 8 – World Cafe (Philadelphia, PA)
February 9 – Webster Hall (New York, NY)
February 10 – Middle East (Boston, MA)
February 12 – Club Soda (Montreal, QC)
February 13 – Opera House (Toronto, Ontario)
February 15 – Logan Square (Chicago, IL)
February 16 – Turner Hall (Milwaukee, WI)
Sources: Sound Opinions / MVD