It's really strange too, but that's the most special thing about it. No other artist had done anything that slightly resembled the sound of The Residents at that time. Some of the sounds they would use weren't even coming from real instruments or synthesizers. It was so weird some people wouldn't even consider it to be music. You either loved The Residents or you hated them.
Few people actually did like The Residents when this album came out, since everyone thought it was simply a joke. It's no surprise, though; the cover art was a direct parody of the Meet The Beatles cover, with silly facial features (such as mustaches, bug eyes and devil horns) drawn over the faces of the artists that were considered gods of music at the time. Capitol Records got really angry about all this, logically, so The Residents had to change the cover to something a bit less silly: a group of four sea creature musicians named John Crawfish, George Crawfish, Paul McCrawfish and Ringo Starfish. The Meet The Beatles cover was used again in more recent releases.
As with the music, the album starts with a really awkward one-minute rendition of Nancy Sinatra's "Boots", with some guy trying as hard as he can to completely ruin the song with his hilarious, awful-sounding voice. Right after that, a piano comes in, and starts playing an irritating tune called "Numb Erone". After one more minute of that, a REALLY out-of-tune trumpet plays an unusual melody called "Guylum Bardot". I don't know why I like this part so much, since everyone else says it sounds freaking horrible. Eh, to heck with them. Also, we get to hear The Residents' infamous funny-voiced singer for the first time.
Three minutes and a few seconds into the album, we hear a woman singing "Breath and length and breadth and width...", and some weird noises start going around our heads. The woman shows up again, and giggles before "Consuelo's Departure" comes in. It sounds cool, but it's nothing new compared to what we've just heard before. Then "Smelly Tongues" comes in, with another guy singing "Smelly tongues looked just as they felt!" before the music finally fades out. And that's just six minutes of the whole album!
That is the most memorable thing about this album, but the other longer songs are really great as well, especially "Rest Aria" and "N-ER-GEE (Crisis Blues)". A must-have for everyone who considers him/herself as a music fan.