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The Tunes Of Two Cities

The Residents

The Tunes Of Two Cities

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  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.

Type: Album

Sampling: 44,1 kHz

Source: CD

Tracks: 12

Language: English

Total size: 91.47 Mb

Year: 1981

Total price: $1.44


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320
03:16
7.48 Mb
2
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320
02:52
6.57 Mb
3
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320
03:33
8.13 Mb
4
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320
03:19
7.58 Mb
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320
04:00
9.15 Mb
6
$0.12
320
02:52
6.58 Mb
7
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320
02:47
6.38 Mb
8
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320
02:43
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320
03:06
7.09 Mb
10
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320
03:24
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11
$0.12
320
03:16
7.49 Mb


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This is Part Two of The Residents' Mole Trilogy, the project that kept them occupied through 1981 to 1985. This album and Mark Of The Mole inspired them to do what they had never done before: they went on a tour. The Mole Show was a financial disaster, but it was also one of the most amazing moments in The Residents' history.

Although it was supposed to be a trilogy, The Big Bubble is the fourth album in the series. The Residents decided to make a six-album series, with the odd-numbered ones telling the story and the even-numbered ones showcasing the music of both cultures, the Moles and the Chubs. Sadly, only those three albums were made, and the probability of Part Three, Five or Six being done is extremely close to zero.

That doesn't make it any less important in their history, though. The albums are excellent, especially Mark Of The Mole, but this is the one that I like the most. The main reason is because it's instrumental, and I always loved instrumental music.

This album's gimmick is as follows: there are six songs from Mole culture, and six others from Chub culture, and they alternate through the album. Mole music sounds primitive, dark and creepy, while Chub music is easily-listenable and jazzy. In fact, most of the Chub songs are covers of big-band songs from the 1930s.

Particularly, I don't really have a preference for any of the cultures. I think both have their unique charm, but I find the Chub songs to be a bit more entertaining. The Mole songs end up sounding the same if you don't pay enough attention, but you should understand that it's just part of the experience. And also, if you like REALLY CREEPY stuff, this music is for you.

Chub music makes this sound like a children's album. In fact, these songs are great for kids (aren't they? I dunno, but I guess they should be). "Serenade for Missy" and "Happy Home" are my favorites. I think "Praise for the Curse" and "The Secret Seed" are my favorite Mole tracks.

Overall, while not a MUST-HAVE, this album is still really neat, and a good introduction to what The Residents are really all about.

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