philip lithman / snakefinger

Performed and recorded with The Residents.

Snakefinger also contributed his version of a Residents composition to "The Residents Unmasked", a Residents tribute compilation.

Belgian band A Group recorded a Snakefinger composition on their Volume 3 album.


In his March 2017 newsletter, Hardy Fox says :
Much like The Residents, the Delta Nudes never existed.  It was a loose assortment of people who got together and made noise, and never bothered with a name.  The name was added only recently out of needing a convenient way to designate the time period.
But found in that group were the people who were to become The Residents, the man who would later become Snakefinger, and a handful of other regulars :

from the Hacienda Bridge / Hardy Fox & Charles Bobuck newsletter, September 1, 2017, #23

Perhaps surprisingly, Snakfinger played a bass drum with his foot on The Residents' 13th Anniversary tour.






  the residents: baby sex
    (1971, unreleased)
  chilli willi & the red hot peppers: kings of the robot rhythm
    (1972, lp, ??, revelation)
  chilli willi & the red hot peppers: bongos over balham
    (1974, lp, ??, mooncrest)
  the residents: satisfaction
    (1976, 7", usa, ralph)
  the residents: fingerprince
    (1977, lp, usa, ralph)
  snakefinger: the spot
    (1978, 7", usa, ralph)

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  the residents: duck stab / buster & glen
    (1978, lp, usa, ralph)
  the residents: eskimo
    (1979, lp, usa, ralph)
  snakefinger: chewing hides the sound
    (1979, lp, usa, ralph)
  the residents: diskomo
    (1980, ep, usa, ralph)
  the residents: the commercial album
    (1980, lp, usa, ralph)
  snakefinger: the man in the dark sedan / womb to worm
    (1980, 7", france, cel 6214)

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  snakefinger: greener postures
    (1980, lp, usa, ralph) - re-released with bonus tracks in 2016

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  the residents: the tunes of two cities
    (1982, lp, usa, ralph)
  snakefinger: manuel of errors
    (1982, lp, usa, ralph)
  the residents: residue of the residents
    (1983, lp, usa, ralph)
  the residents: title in limbo
    (1983, lp, usa, ralph)
  snakefinger: against the grain
    (1983, lp, usa, ralph)
  snakefinger's history of the blues: live in europe
    (1984, lp, uk, rough trade) - re-released on cd with bonus tracks in 2013 / feat. eric drew feldman

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  the residents: stars & hank forever: the american composer series
    (1986, lp, usa, ralph)
  the club foot orchestra: wild beasts
    (1986, lp, usa, ralph)
  snakefinger: snakefinger's vestal virgins: live in chicago
    (1986, 7", usa, ralph) - released on cd on the tec tones label in 1996
  snakefinger: i gave myself to you
    (1986, 7", australia, aim fan 005)

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  snakefinger: night of desirable objects
    (1987, lp, usa, ralph) - released on cd on the tec tones label in 1993
  the residents: the thirteenth anniversary show
    (1987, lp, ??, ??)
  snakefinger: a collection
    (1988, cd, usa, east side digital)
  snakefinger: philip charles lithman aka snakefinger
    (1993, cd, usa, uweb)
  various artists: the residents unmasked!
    (1995, 3k7, usa, ecto tapes) - all compositions by the residents
  chilli willi & the red hot peppers: i'll be home
    (1996, cd, ??, proper records) = a rarities compilation
  snakefinger's vestal virgins: live at the vic, friday june 20th, 1986
    (1998, cdr, usa, esoteric music group) - feat. eric drew feldman, incl. compositions by snakefinger/residents

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  a group: volume 3  (2)
    (2000, cd, bel, via records belgium viakra 6920022) - incl. compositions by snakefinger, raymond scott
  snakefinger: live in melbourne
    (2015, 2lp, usa, secret records) - re-issued in 2019
  snakefinger: chewing hides the sound
    (2016, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg220) - featuring the residents /  = reissue of the 1979 album

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  snakefinger: greener postures
    (2016, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg225) - featuring the residents / re-release of the 1980 album

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  snakefinger: manual of errors
    (2017, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg239) - featuring the residents /  = reissue with bonus material

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  snakefinger's vestal virgins: night of desirable objects
    (2018, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg258) = reissue with bonus material  /  feat. eric drew feldman
  various artists: secret records compilation 2019 1/2
    (2019, cd, usa, secret records) - feat. the residents, hardy fox



random notes

July 2010, Flemish magazine Gonzo Circus did a special on Snakefinger.

The article included links to the interview Snakefinger and Hardy Fox did with Oscar Smith on 1987/06/05 on a dutch local radio station (regio Amsterdam).




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