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Icky Flix (Original Soundtrack Recording) is the soundtrack to The Residents' 2001 DVD retrospective Icky Flix, including fourteen newly recorded versions of tracks from the group's' catalog, which were included on the DVD as alternative soundtracks to the group's videos.

History

At the turn of the century, between 1998 and 2000, The Residents were hard at work collecting their videos into a DVD anthology, complete with six newly created music videos based on their most iconic material. Concurrently, the group worked on an alternative soundtrack for the album to be played at the viewer's choosing. The group later issued instrumental demo versions of the Vileness Fats re-recordings as a digital single titled RZ VF in 2011.

When it came to compiling the film's soundtrack album, The Residents didn't want it to be mistaken for a greatest hits compilation and so chose songs that had either never appeared on their mainline albums; or ones that were re-titled re-arrangements of album material. For example, the shortened version of Swastikas on Parade had been re-titled The Third Reich N Roll, and the five condescended Gingerbread Man re-recordings were listed as one track. The only track which had previously appeared on a mainline album was Kick a Picnic, from Our Finest Flowers, which was out of print at the time.

The album was released by East Side Digital and Euro Ralph on March 9th 2001,[1] and was later released in Japan by Bomba Records on June 24th.[2]

On the 20th Anniversary of the album's recording, the full alternative soundtrack was released by New Ralph Too with its parent companies MVDAudio and Cherry Red Records. This version was pressed on vinyl for Record Store Day 2020 and was limited to 1,500 copies. It is currently out of print.

Tour

The Residents' Icky Flix tour began on Febuary 13th 2001. It's first leg concluded two weeks later. Following the release of the soundtrack album a second leg was announced to support it as well as the DVD. The Icky Flix tour lasted four legs and concluded on Halloween Night of 2001.

Track listing

  1. Icky Flix (Theme) (1:37)
  2. The Third Reich 'N' Roll (2:39)
    1. March De La Winni
    2. Swastikas On Parade
  3. Just For You (Disfigured Night Part 7) (6:41)
  4. Songs For Swinging Larvae (4:58)
    1. Lime Jelly Grass
    2. Spratt’s Medium
    3. Melvyn’s Repose
  5. Bad Day On The Midway (7:52)
  6. Kick a Picnic (2:22)
  7. The Gingerbread Man (10:00)
    1. The Weaver
    2. The Dying Oilman
    3. The Sold Out Artist
    4. The Aging Musician
    5. The Old Woman
  8. VF Title (0:30)
  9. VF Mom's House (2:35)
  10. VF The Cave 1 (3:20)
  11. VF The Banquet Hall (2:52)
  12. VF The Nightclub 1 (Eloise) (1:24)
  13. VF The Cave 2 (2:30)
  14. VF The Nightclub 2 (5:56)
    1. Aircraft Damage
    2. The Knife Fight
  15. Icky Flix (Closing Theme) (0:59)

pREServed vinyl edition (2020)

A double LP pREServed edition of the complete Icky Flix soundtrack, including the additional tracks not featured on the original CD release, was originally scheduled for release on Record Store Day in April 2020 but was delayed to September 26th due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Titled Icky Flix - The Original Soundtrack Recording, It is listed as an "RSD First" release, indicating that another release of the material is likely in the future, with The Residents' website hinting that a CD edition would be released soon.

The LP was released in a pressing of 1500 copies on yellow and orange vinyl. It features every track from the original soundtrack presented in chronological order, with original mixes of tracks which had been edited for the original CD release, as well as additional crossfades for some songs on the latter half of the album.

Track listing

Disc One

Side One

  1. Icky In?
  2. The Third Reich & Roll
    1. March De La Winni
    2. Swastikas On Parade
  3. Constantinople
  4. Hello Skinny
  5. Kick A Picnic (Ft. Molly Harvey) (Residents/Lithman)
  6. Moisture
  7. Act of Being Polite
  8. Perfect Love
  9. Simple Song
  10. Songs For Swinging Larvae (Poole/Janssen)
    1. Lime Jelly Grass
    2. Spratt’s Medium
    3. Melvyn’s Repose

Side Two

  1. Where Is She?
  2. Vileness Fats (Concentrate)
    1. Vileness Fats
    2. Mom's House
    3. The Importance of Evergreen
    4. The Banquet Hall
    5. Eloise
    6. The Cave
    7. Aircraft Damage
    8. The Knife Fight

Disc Two

Side Three

  1. This Is A Man's Man's Man's World (Ft. Molly Harvey) (Brown/Newsome)
  2. Stars and Stripes Forever
  3. Harry The Head
  4. Jelly Jack The Boneless Boy
  5. The Gingerbread Man (Concentrate)
    1. The Weaver
    2. The Dying Oilman
    3. The Sold Out Artist
    4. The Aging Musician
    5. The Old Woman

Side Four

  1. He Also Serves
  2. Bad Day On The Midway (Concentrate)
  3. Just For You (Disfigured Night Part 7)
  4. Burn Baby Burn
  5. Icky Out!

Liner notes

Original release (2001)

"When the conceptual artists, soon to be known as The Residents, began work on their first seriously ambitious project, surprisingly, it was not music that brought them together, but a desire to make movies. The project that consumed this early ambition was called VILENESS FATS.

In 1970, the group had become fascinated by a consumer-grade videotape recorder, a device that was only a fantasy a few years earlier. With this black and white video recorder, it was possible to shoot hours of tape without the expense or processing delays of film. Also heard were reports regarding the imminent release of another amazing machine, one that would allow video and film to be put on a disc, much like a record. The Residents believed this new technology, the laserdisc, was destined to become the ultimate medium of their age.

While advances in video and cable TV, in some ways, proved them right, proved them right, those same advances made their original equipment obsolete, and VILENESS FATS was abandoned four years later. Meanwhile, the fashionable, New Wave and Punk culture of the time had embraced The Residents' music. But the group's interest in video continued, and their music videos were among those broadcast when MTV first aired in 1981. Considered to represent the beginning of the modern music video, several of the early Residents' videos were added to the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.

Eventually, in 1992, twenty years after their original inspiration, The Residents finally released a laserdisc, compiling much of their work into a collection entitled, TWENTY TWISTED QUESTIONS.

Later, during the mid-90s, the group followed the laserdisc with three innovative CD-Rom releases: FREAK SHOW, BAD DAY ON THE MIDWAY, and THE GINGERBREAD MAN.

But, even as the group was creating some of it's most ambitious work on CD-Roms, rumors of an even newer and better video medium, the DVD, were being heard. Combining the best elements of the laserdisc and CD-Rom into a higher quality and less expensive alternative to both, caused The Residents to see DVD as the most interesting medium yet. Like the laserdisc, DVD technology took longer to bring to market than expected, but it has been accepted by the public as the most successful new technology introduction in history. Thirty years after that initial excitement over video, with the turn of a new millennium, The Residents started work on their first DVD, ICKY FLIX.

But just collecting their videos was too easy, so the group also recognized as groundbreaking musical artists, decided to update the music from their videos and films with completely new arrangements and recording. Some of these recordings can be found on this CD.

The ICKY FLIX DVD contains the complete collection of new recordings, plus all the original soundtracks from the 90 minutes of video - a total three hours of music. The videos include the original films that appeared on MTV in 1981, the films from the Museum of Modern Art collection, newly created animations from the CD-ROM projects, and perhaps most important, a 17-minute extract from VILENESS FATS, their first serious project.

It's taken a long time to get to this point, but with the round disc of the DVD, The Residents have completed a circle - one that began in innocence but eventually led to the realization of a dream.

But lately, The Residents have heard about something new...

- The Cryptic Corporation

Credits

Additional (From 2020 Re-issue)

See also

External links and references

  • https://web.archive.org/web/20010302175908/http://www.ralphamerica.com:80/nofl_fr.html
  • https://www.discogs.com/The-Residents-Icky-Flix-Original-Soundtrack-Recording/release/5785948
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