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Duck Stab! Alive! is a streaming TV special by The Residents, produced in collaboration with video artist John Sanborn for the 40th anniversary special of the music program Night Flight, which aired on the streaming platform NFTV on June 5th 2021.

The special was physically released (alongside its soundtrack) as a double 10" vinyl and DVD box set by Grand Chess Records on December 10th 2021, in a limited edition of 3000 copies. An even more limited edition of 40 copies featuring the 10" vinyls alongside the special on VHS was announced by Grand Chess in December 2021.

History

Duck Stab! Alive!, described by The Cryptic Corporation as "a super slick video concert featuring all new versions of (the) classic album Duck Stab!",[1] was conceived and filmed by The Residents in the midst of repeated delays of their tour Dog Stab! during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019-2021.

The special was the headlining instalment of the 40th anniversary episode of the long-running music program Night Flight, to be aired on its streaming service NFTV.[2] The Residents had been asked to contribute to the episode in light of their long association with the program.[3]

The episode also featured contributions from musical acts Plack Blague and Def Rain, profiles of record labels Sacred Bones and Mexican Summer, and the documentary films The Decline of Western Civilization (Parts 1 through 3) and Sun Ra Meets John Cage.

The performances took place on May 20th and May 21st at 25th Street Recording in Oakland, California, and were filmed by John Sanborn (with director of photography Frazer Bradshaw). The group performed all tracks from Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen except for "The Booker Tease", and four tracks from the album were performed as medleys ("Laughing Song" / "Bach Is Dead" and "The Electrocutioner" / "Constantinople"). It was easy for The Residents to perform the Duck Stab! tracks live-in-the-studio, as they had already been rehearsing a number of them for the postponed Dog Stab! tour.[3]

Sanborn supplied video art which was projected onto a screen behind the group as they performed; these videos feature excerpts from past and recent Residents video projects, such as the music videos for "Hello Skinny", "The Simple Song" and "This Is A Man's Man's Man's World", as well as footage of performer Jiz Lee from God In 3 Persons Live.

The finished special (edited by Sanborn and Roger Jones) was delivered to Night Flight on June 1st 2021,[4] and was released on NFTV four days later, on June 5th.

I Am A Resident! 2021

To promote the special, fans were asked to record a video of themselves lip syncing to an instrumental demo of a new arrangement of the classic Duck Stab! track "Constantinople", as part of a campaign titled "I Am A Resident! 2021", following The Residents' 2018 collaborative album project I Am A Resident!.

The fan videos were uploaded to YouTube under the hashtag #IAmAResident2021. Submissions to the campaign closed on May 10th 2021. Forty-six of the submitted videos were selected by The Residents and John Sanborn, and interpolated into the live-in-studio performance of "Constantinople" which closes the special.[1]

NFTs

Screenshot from "01 The Residents Blue" NFT

On January 29th 2022, The Residents announced the release of a limited series of "one-of-a-kind" non-fungible tokens, featuring video art by John Sanborn derived from the Duck Stab! Alive special, in celebration of Night Flight's 40th anniversary, and The Residents' upcoming 50th anniversary. The NFT is split into four "pieces", with a fifth NFT containing all four pieces, in an edition of 10 each. Each NFT purchased comes with a physical copy of the deluxe edition of the Melodic Virtue coffee table book The Residents: A Sight For Sore Eyes, Vol. 1, signed by The Residents.[5]

The announcement of the NFTs and their value ($400 USD each) resulted in something of a "negative backlash" among some Residents fans, causing Homer Flynn of The Cryptic Corporation to issue a statement shortly after the announcement asking fans to "GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK!", explaining that nobody in the group was getting rich from the proceeds of the NFTs, and that the production expense of Duck Stab! Alive! had proven to be far greater than the Cryptics had been able to recoup, with the cancellation of five tours by The Residents within the previous two years causing a sizeable dent in the group's income. Flynn closed the statement by recommending that "if you don’t like our products, please take your money and spend it somewhere else."[6]

The Cryptic Corporation explained shortly afterwards on The Residents' official Twitter account that the group had "no plans to continue" producing NFTs.[7] Within days, the sales of the five announced Duck Stab! Alive! NFTs had closed, indicating that the project was cancelled. At least one copy of the first NFT, "01 The Residents Blue", is known to have been sold before the sale was closed.

Track listing

Physical release

Duck Stab Alive! was physically released by Grand Chess Records on December 10th 2021, as a limited edition box set containing a DVD of the streaming special and its soundtrack on two 10" vinyl EPs.

The box set was issued in an edition of 3000 copies. Each copy also came with a Bandcamp download code, allowing the owner to download a digital copy of the soundtrack.[8] Some fans reported receiving their copies a week before the official date of release.[9]

The double 10" EP format is possibly a reference to the fact that Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen was originally intended as two separate EPs, rather than as a single album (although the original track listing was shuffled for Duck Stab! Alive!, meaning that the two discs do not correspond to the intended track listing of the original, separate EPs).

Track listing

Side A (9:02)

  1. Lizard Lady (2:18)
  2. Blue Rosebuds (3:55)
  3. Laughing Song / Bach Is Dead (2:49)

Side B (8:17)

  1. Sinister Exaggerator (3:33)
  2. Weightlifting Lulu (2:44)
  3. Krafty Cheese (2:00)

Side C (7:09)

  1. Elvis and His Boss / Birthday Boy (3:01)
  2. Semolina (4:08)

Side D (6:56)

  1. Hello Skinny (2:38)
  2. The Electrocutioner / Constantinople (4:18)

Limited VHS edition

In December 2021, Grand Chess Records announced an even more limited edition of Duck Stab! Alive!, featuring the special on a VHS tape, alongside the 10" vinyls supplied with the earlier edition. This special edition is being sold for 400 EUR.[10]

The edition is limited to 40 copies only, and features the complete special as included in the earlier DVD, with two hidden "Easter egg" extras from the Duck Stab! Alive! sessions included on the tape (described as "analog NFT bootlegs").[10]

Credits

  • Starring The Residents
  • Directed by John Sanborn
  • Produced by Starr Sutherland
  • Executive Producers: Carsten Hess and Guido Randzio for Grand Chess Records
  • Written and Performed by The Residents
  • Director of Photography: Frazer Bradshaw
  • Edited by Roger Jones and John Sanborn
  • Audio Engineer: Gabriel Shepard
  • Recorded at 25th Street Recording, Oakland, CA
  • Audio Mix by Eric Drew Feldman and Gabriel Shepard
  • Camera Operators: Jason Joseffer, Tijana Petrovic, Alex Zajicek
  • DIT: Tim Assavarat
  • Gaffer: Frank Silva
  • Grips: Ryan Moore and Mila Puccini
  • Production Assistant: Danielle Bacanskas
  • Photographers: Henrik Kam and Roger Jones
  • Costumes designed by Poor Know Graphics
  • Costumes constructed by Laura Hazett and Jamielyn Duggan
  • Dance Master: Jamielyn Duggan
  • Dancers: KJ Dahlaw, Caitlin Hicks, Erin Yen
  • Contributions from Agrimorfee, Alice Michael McCartney, AreaaS4, Ave and Awair Kutzs, Bonnie and Morgan, Cake Boy, Carbaniol, Catscan!, Chesty Vulva, Comrade Squelch, Crapp, Dies-Ist-Meine-Zaehne, Dixon Wragg and Kimberly, dnmmy / justin, Electronic Sausage, Esoterica, Fickles The Clown, Gli Inquilini, Goo & Fatty, Gretnoid & JohnX, Jeff Kolter, Jessica McDevitt & Chris Delisle, Jonathon Lamb, Julez and Danny Riggs, Kingda K_, kutzs kidz, LD From, Manuel Aparicio, Master B. Wallace, NyQ, Palo Alto, Radioactive Chicken Heads, Rhetro Zenberg, Schüniac, Silvio Martin, Sir Pasto Primero, Stefan G, strangelucid, The Brown Resident, The Head Weirdo (Jeremy X.), The LaBrakes, Thrusty Rhodes and Musty Scrhodes, TwistedRichie, velocipedjones, Wes Broske (WB), Z eb
  • Special thanks to MVD and Cherry Red Records for all their support
  • Dedicated to Hardy Fox, the original Sinister Exaggerator
  • For more about The Residents visit Residents.com
  • Copyright 2021 The Cryptic Corporation

See also

External links and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook post by The Residents, April 22nd 2021
  2. Facebook post by Night Flight, May 8th 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 Homer Flynn, "Homer Flynn (Spokesperson for The Residents) on WZRD Chicago 88.3FM" on Mixcloud, August 5th 2021
  4. "Recorded May 20,21 - delivered on June 1" - John Sanborn, June 6th, 2021
  5. Post to The Residents' official Facebook page, January 29th 2022
  6. Post by Homer Flynn to The Residents' official Facebook page, February 1st 2022
  7. Post on The Residents' official Twitter page, February 1st 2022
  8. Comment by Andreas Ziegler, Ralph Records unofficial Facebook group, December 4th 2021
  9. Comment by Andreas Ziegler, Ralph Records unofficial Facebook group, December 4th 2021
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Exclusive releases" at Grand Chess Records
Duckbuster-sml-transparent.png Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen
(1978)

Side A: Duck Stab!
"Constantinople" · "Sinister Exaggerator" · "The Booker Tease" · "Blue Rosebuds" · "Laughing Song" · "Bach Is Dead" · "Elvis And His Boss"

Side B: Buster & Glen
"Lizard Lady" · "Semolina" · "Birthday Boy" · "Weight-Lifting Lulu" · "Krafty Cheese" · "Hello Skinny" · "The Electrocutioner"

Personnel
The Residents · Snakefinger · Ruby

Related works
Duck Stab! EP · "Soulful Sax" · "Ow Boutthat" · "When Johnny Comes Marching" · "Unlisted" · "Santa Dog '78" · "Guylum Bardot '78" · Duck Stab! film · "Hello Skinny" video · D*ck S*ab - 35th Anniversary · Dog Stab! · Duck Stab! Alive! · Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen Notebook

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Ralph Records · The Cryptic Corporation · Grove St. studio · Pore No Graphics · Graeme Whifler · Bridgit Terris · The Rick & Ruby Show · "Satisfaction" · Not Available · Eskimo‏‏‎

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