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Still anonymous, the Residents show signs of humanity

“Santa Dog” in 1978.

It’s an approach the group has used to throw a macabre light on Bible stories, circus freaks, and pretty sizable chunks of the pop songbook. Lately, though, the band has turned from broad-brush grotesques to more intimate portraits of haunted souls: the teenage outcast, the Internet junkie with PTSD.

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