15 dicembre 2019

Bing, Bing, Bing, Bong, Bong, Bong... Pressoché ad ogni Natale si aggiorna la lista di varianti e diverse versioni del classico Santa Dog (1972) operate dai Residents in persona (!). Klanggalerie ne raccoglie ben diciotto, riprendendo per l'odierna pubblicazione il titolo di una precedente antologia firmata Ralph America: Refused.

Keeping up with tradition is rarely something considered by The Residents. However, when it comes to their seminal first release, they seem to have the penchant for going back to this composition and re-imagining it for whatever new era they happen to be in at the time. Having recomposed Santa Dog at least 12 times since its original conception, the tune(s) serve as a touchstone for The Residents and fans, that originally represented the naivete of the young band but now shows how they have grown as artists over the decades.