Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)
Nam June Paik
With wit and rarified electronic inventiveness, The Residents have fused a dark Southern storytelling tradition with the eccentric counterculture of the San Francisco Bay area. This music video for The Third Reich ‘n’ Roll, made before the debut of MTV, inventively parodies pop music and 1960s television commercials as well as the German Expressionist cinema of the 1920s, integrating vernacular and experimental media processes into the field of art. A hand-drawn storyboard for the apocalyptic video Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is also included. Throughout The Residents’ thirty-year history, the members of the band have cloaked their lives and music in obscurity. They refuse to grant interviews, do not identify themselves by name (or by pseudonyms), and never appear without masks (usually giant eyeballs with top hats).
The Residents (USA, est. 1972). The Third Reich 'n' Roll. 1975. Video (black and white, sound). 4:15 min. Courtesy The Residents. Image courtesy The Residents
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