Diskomo is a 1980 EP by The Residents. Designed as a "disco" version of musical themes from their acclaimed Eskimo album, the EP also contains Goosebump, a sequence of tracks recorded by the band with Snakefinger using toy instruments.

History Edit

After Eskimo was released, The Residents responded to the furor of fuss and praise it generated by taking various bits out of the album and re-working them to a disco parody of the original. The band then took over San Francisco's largest disco hall and held a release party featuring "weird" and "new" music.

"Diskomo" didn't really catch on with the regular disco types until New Wave disco hit the scene, but after that the single did very well for a couple of years. Similar to "Santa Dog", The Residents have revisited and re-recorded "Diskomo" a number of times since the original release, including in 1992 and 2000.

Goosebump is a collection of Mother Goose rhymes set to music with all of the "original sinister overtones" left in place. The Residents had long planned to produce a children's record (of sorts) and teamed up with their long-time collaborator Snakefinger to record the songs using only musical instruments bought at Toys-R-Us. Although children's toys were used to produce the music, The Residents grown-up toys were used afterwards in the mixing of the recording.


Goosebump cover art, 1980

"Diskomo" was released on CD by Torso in 1988, without the Goosebump tracks (which had been appended to Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen) - the track list was instead padded with "Whoopy Snorp" and "Saint Nix" from the Residue of The Residents compilation, and a live version of "Diskomo" from 1987.

Track listing Edit

  1. Diskomo (8:00)
  2. Disaster (3:48)
  3. Plants (3:14)
  4. Farmers (5:27)
  5. Twinkle (1:58)

See also Edit