March 12, 2017

experimental electronic / rock ~ San Francisco 1984

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The Residents of San Francisco

The Residents started out as part of a San Francisco "art collective" in the late 60s. Their first release, 'Santa Dog' was pressed in 1972. The Ralph record label put out some amazing avant-garde, experimental, electronic sounds from numerous bands.
The label office in San Francisco was on Minna Street downtown - south of Market at the time. In the early to mid-80s, I remember calling Ralph records on the phone to check the availability of records I wanted. I'd usually get a live person on the phone, always the same woman. She was always really nice and chatty. We'd chat. A few days later I'd get the latest Ralph Records, "Buy Or Die Catalog" in the mail (wish I would've kept some these catalogs). A great live band that still perform occasionally.
The flip side is a cover of James Brown's, 'This Is A Man's Man's Man's World.'

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