Re: I do think "Eskimo" is an album that anyone interested in The Residents needs to hear
Eskimo is a pretty important point in synth-based music of the late 70's/early 80's. In fact according to pretty much any book on the evolution of electronic music (David Stubbs' "Mars by 1980" is the latest example, but there have been those before) that album is generally considered to be one of the most notable early examples of synths being used as primary instruments to drive a narrative throughout a piece of "art" music, as opposed to being used to simply create atmospherics or underscore a melody. It was also a very influential album on New Age composers (especially obviously West Coast New Age composers) in the 80's. Finally, in many ways it anticipates and prefigures the tribal avant rock music of the early 00's (Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Liars, etc.). In other words, it's hugely influential. I guess that explains why an album so uncharacteristic of the whole body of the band's work is so popular.