THE RESIDENTS : The Beatles Play The Residents & The Residents Play The Beatles
Released by Ralph Records in 1977, The Beatles Play The Residents & The Residents Play The Beatles 7" represents the final chapter in The Residents' deconstructive audio collage period - the hypothetical third (& final) side of The Third Reich'N'Roll if you like. Simultaneously saluting & satirizing the Fab Four the a-side, "Beyond The Valley Of A Day In The Life", loops & pastes excerpts from around 20 Apple originals (& at least one by John Lennon), including a quote from their fanclub-only Third Christmas Record ("Please everybody, if we haven't done what we could have done, we've tried..."). Overleaf, The Residents make a relatively straight attempt at "Flying", allegedly because it was the only composition in the entire Beastles catalogue that's credited to all four Beatles. It's worth pointing out that interest in The Residents' identities was at it's zenith when this 45 was originally released & the possibility that they might actually be a secretly reconvened Fabs hadn't been ruled out! Ralph Records were no doubt heartily amused to discover that hardcore Beatles fanatics were snapping up extortionately priced copies despite it essentially being a demolition job on their heroes' glorious heritage? Only 500 copies were originally pressed, & though these tracks have briefly reappeared as CD bonus tracks in the interim they appear to be OOP again now.