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Residents – The 12 Days Of Brumalia
Brumalia was a month-long party the ancient Romans threw at the end of the year. The Residents made an online party and called it the 12 Days of Brumalia, a thin joke stealing the Christian “12 days” back for the Pagans.
So, every day for 12 days starting December 25th, The Residents gave away a song on the internet. You also get an Epiphany tune, which is the one for January 6th celebrating Jesus being a god and not a human. You also get a single version of one of the Brumalia songs pumped up for radio. As if that isn’t enough, you also get “Prelude to the Teds.” The Residents were working on a story about two guys named Ted who were very dependent on each other. They never finished the project but they did release these four songs through the They Might Be Giants HELLO record club. All in all, you get 18 tunes recorded between 1993 and 2003.
In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos — a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography. The group is noted for surrealistic lyrics and sound, disregard for conventional music composition, and the over the top, theatrical spectacle of their live performances.
The Feast of Epiphany
I Tried to Cry
The Cry of the Crow