top bar
top bartop bartop bartop bartop bartop bartop bar

Laurie Anderson
The Beatles
Wallace Berman
David Bowie
John Cage
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)
Lucinda Childs
Bruce Conner
Ray Johnson
Joan Jonas
Bruce Nauman
Yoko Ono
Nam June Paik
Otto Piene
Steve Reich
The Residents
Jack Smith
Michael Snow
Robert Whitman
Robert Wilson


The Residents

loading image

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).

View Schedule

loading image

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

loading image

  © Copyright The Museum of Modern Art