Nightmare Fuel / The Residents
Meet the Residents...

A lot of music by The Residents count as Nightmare Fuel.


Third Reich And Roll
  • The album contains forty disturbing cover versions of top forty songs from the 1960s. Among many bizarre warpings, the bitter-breakup garage-pop standard "Hey Little Girl" becomes a genuinely chilling piece with a mocking, serial killer-like vocal and grimly march-like music which features plenty of ominous buzzing, droning and rumbling noises in the background (powertools? Brrr...). It must have been a very bitter breakup, indeed.
    • After "A Double Shot Of My Baby's Love" the music just stops and you suddenly hear a car crashing, guns shooting, a baby crying and an air-raid siren.
    • The cover of "Yummy Yummy Yummy (I Have Love In My Tummy)" also sounds disturbing during the second half.

Duck Stab
  • The album cover of "Duck Stab" features someone sticking a knife inside a duck while showing a Slasher Smile towards the camera.
  • The promotional video for "Hello Skinny" mainly centers around images of a disturbed-looking, emaciated man with dark circles around his eyes, who is presumably meant to be portraying "Skinny" himself. The backstory to the video is both creepy and a little sad: The man was a mental patient who was released due to hospital budget cuts, who the group met and asked to be in their video. Certain shots had to be rushed because he had a mental breakdown on set. They never learned his real name - since he thought he was Brigitte Bardot, they just called him Brigitte. After completing the video, he took a bus home and was never heard from again.

The Commercial Album
  • This album often has haunting images, but at least all the songs are below the one minute mark.
    • "My Work Is So Behind" has frightening sped up voices chanting the chorus.
    • "Die In Terror" has a creepy title to start with. But the sound of those footsteps during the intro... (shudder)
    • "The Act Of Being Polite" is also frightening. Especially when it turns out the protagonist killed a women because he "was just exhausted from the act of being polite."
    • "The Talk Of Creatures"
    The talk of creatures in my spine
    • "Margaret Freeman," with its creeky harmonica, half-tuned guitar, churning percussion, and lyrics about a man whose crush has Abusive Parents, delivered as though by a coked-up Danny Elfman (the vocals are actually contributed by Andy Partridge working under the pseudonym Sandy Sandwich).

Tunes Of Two Cities
  • The concept of Tunes Of Two Cities is that all of its' songs represent the music of either the Chubs or the Moles (the two societies depicted in Mark Of The Mole): The songs designated as Mole songs can be pretty unnerving, since they usually revolve around harsh, mechanical rhythms and pure scary noise.

Animal Lover


  • Their disturbing cover of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", which mentions that the narrator stabs and kicks whenever he can't get popcorn at the movies, among other things.

  • The entire final section of Baby Sex, when not incredibly silly - hell, even when incredibly silly - is pure Nightmare Fuel for the uninitiated.