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Phil ’Snakefinger’ Lithman

An English musician, singer and songwriter. A multi-instrumentalist, he was best known for his guitar and violin work and his collaborations with The Residents.

Guitarist, Singer - Member of ’Snake finger’ also ’The Clubfoot Orchestra’ and ’The Residents’

The Residents were formed in 1974 in San Francisco.

Their first album was ’Meet the Beatles’ and nearly got themselves into very hot water but changed all with members named as RINGO STARFISH and PAUL McCRAWFISH and the heads were of Crayfish and a Starfish etc.

In England and formed the pub rock band Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers with Martin Stone, ex-member of Mighty Baby and a fellow ex-member of Junior's Blues Band. As a duo, they released the album Kings of Robot Rhythm. In 1974, as a full band and popular live act in Britain, they released Bongos Over Balham.

Chilli Willi lasted until 1975, their last record not selling well, and by 1976 Lithman was back in the United States, this time in Los Angeles, California, seeking a recording contract, shopping his rock-style demos.

After a few years, Lithman moved back to San Francisco, reconnected with The Residents, and performed and recorded with them.

While on tour in Australia in 1980, Lithman had a heart attack that left him hospitalized for six months.

In 1982 Lithman formed his backing band The Vestal Virgins with former Captain Beefheart sideman Eric Drew Feldman.

Lithman suffered a fatal heart attack. On that same day his single, "There's No Justice in Life", was released.

Albums as Snakefinger include.

"The Spot" (1978)
Chewing Hides the Sound (1979)
Greener Postures (1980)
Manual of Errors (1982)
Against the Grain (1983)
Snakefinger's History of the Blues: Live in Europe (1984)
Snakefinger's Vestal Virgins: Live in Chicago (1996)
Night of Desirable Objects (1987)
Snakefinger: A Collection (1988)
Philip Charles Lithman aka Snakefinger (1993)

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