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When the Message is More Important than the Music.

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the new albums from The Residents and Kris Kristofferson. The Residents are a bizarre California-based art band, who make spooky, dreary, multi-layered music. Recently, the Residents have been releasing a series of albums paying homage to great American composers and performers. After having covered artists such as John Phillip Sousa and Hank Wiliams, the group has just issued "The King and I," their homage to Elvis Presley (it's on Enigma). Kristofferson's new album is called "Third World Warrior," (on Mercury). It continues Kristofferson's musical analysis of world politics and American foreign policy.



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Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 22, 1990: Interview with Chris Strachwitz; Review of The Residents' album "The King and I," and Kris Kristofferson's album "Third World Warrior"; Interview with…


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