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The Third Reich 'n Roll (also known as Land of 1000 Dances) is a 1977 short film by The Residents.

Now considered one of the earliest examples of the medium of "music video", it was created using the props and sets from the group's abandoned Vileness Fats film project.

The music featured in the video is a six minute "concentrate" of various pieces of music from the album of the same name.

History

The first half of the video was shot by The Residents in early 1976, during a break from production on their long-running (but ultimately abandoned) film project Vileness Fats.[1]

For this video, the group created costumes, instruments and a set entirely from a large number of newspapers which had been hoarded by their friend Palmer Eiland during his time living with them at their Sycamore Street studio.[2]

Later on, after The Residents had finished post-proudction their album The Third Reich 'n Roll and abandoned Vileness Fats once and for all, they were asked by Australian music program Flashez to supply a piece of short video material, which the group accepted, in lieu of organizing a tour to promote the album.

To this end the group created additional stop motion animation to accompany the earlier footage, and synced it to a six-minute edit comprised of various pieces of music from the album's two suites (most prominently featuring "Land of 1000 Dances").

Although the klansmen-esque hoods seemingly tie into the album's heavy use of Nazi symbolism and imagery, the band has clarified that it was simply coincidental, and that "the costumes were made that way because that was the simplest way to make a head-covering out of newspaper."

Description

The Residents in The Third Reich 'n Roll

Most versions of the video begin with the instrumental "March de la Winni", set to a short stop-motion animation of an Atomic Shopping Cart on the set of Vileness Fats. The Atomic Shopping Cart giggles into the camera and is then joined by two others. A title card reading "The Residents on Ralph Records" appears at the end of this clip.

The video itself begins with The Residents, dressed in newspaper costumes, with newspaper instruments, in a room lined with newspaper, performing "Land of 1000 Dances". This section ends with the group suddenly being shot with lasers by men in silver foil space suits.

A close-up of a Resident crossfades into the second half of the film, which consists of stop-motion animation of two Residents, an Atomic Shopping Cart, and various other props, including two huge skulls, in an altered version of the town square set from Vileness Fats. The video ends with a cardboard cut-out of Adolf Hitler overseeing the proceedings from the bridge, which has been redecorated with a large swastika.

Release

The video was first aired by the Australian music program Flashez in 1977. Aside from some short films by The Beatles (particularly for "Strawberry Fields Forever"), it is considered to be among the very first music videos - a medium which The Residents would continue to pioneer over the next several years.

The first half of the film was shot in color, though as the sets and costumes were constructed entirely from newspaper it is difficult to tell. As such, the video has often been seen in an entirely mono-chrome version, but the original color version was remastered in its entirety and included on the Icky Flix DVD in 2001. A copy is held in the Museum of Modern Art as part of their large collection of Residents material.

One of the two large prop skulls seen in the second half of the film was repurposed as a mask in 1976 and used by The Singing Resident briefly during the group's Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! performance that year. It would later reappear (and officially become known as Mr. Skull) in 1985, when one of the group's eyeball masks was stolen from the backstage area during a show on their 13th Anniversary tour.

See also

External links and references

  1. Uncle Willie's Highly Opinionated Guide to The Residents, page 11, 1992
  2. "The End of Arf" on YouTube


3rnr-transparent-sml.png The Third Reich 'n Roll
(1976)

Side A: "Swastikas on Parade"
"Let's Twist Again" · "Land of a Thousand Dances" · "Hanky Panky" · "A Horse With No Name" · "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" · "The Letter" · "Psychotic Reaction" · "Little Girl" · "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" · "Talk Talk" · "I Want Candy" · "To Sir With Love" · "Telstar" · "Wipe Out" · "Heroes and Villains"

Side B: "Hitler Was a Vegetarian"
"Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" · "96 Tears" · "It's My Party" · "Light My Fire" · "Ballad of the Green Berets" · "Yummy Yummy Yummy" · "Rock Around the Clock" · "Pushin' Too Hard" · "Good Lovin'" · "Gloria" · "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" · "Sunshine of Your Love" · "Hey Jude" · "Sympathy for the Devil"

Personnel
The Residents · Pamela Zeibak · Margaret Smyk (as Peggy Honeydew) · Gary Phillips

Related works
"Wooly Bully" · "Satisfaction" · The Beatles Play The Residents and The Residents Play The Beatles · German Slide Music · Oh Mummy! show · The Third Reich 'n Roll video · Collectors' Box series · "Double Shot" · Icky Flix (soundtrack) · I Am A Resident! · Dog Stab!

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Vfshoppingcart-sml-transparent.png Vileness Fats
(1972 - 1976)

Cast and characters
Saint Steve / Lonesome Jack (Jay Clem) · Weescoosa (Sally Lewis) · Arf and Omega Berry (Palmer Eiland and George Ewart) · Ninnie (Danny Williams) · Steve's Mother (Marge Howard) · Peggy Honeydew (Margaret Smyk) · Weenie (Danny Williams) · Uncle Willy (Hardy Fox)
with
Irene Dogmatic · J. Raoul Brody · Barry "Schwump" Schwam · Hugo Olson · Bill Dewalt · Diane Flynn · Homer Flynn · Tony Logan · Dennis Sealy · The Mysterious N. Senada as himself

Crew
The Residents: direction, screenplay, music, sets, costumes · Graeme Whifler: lighting, sets, second unit direction · Diane Flynn: costumes · John Kennedy: editing

Soundtrack music
"Aircraft Damage" · "Mammy" · "The Importance of Evergreen" · "Eloise" · "Kamikaze Lady" · "Lonely At The Top" · "Fever" · "Russian Love Song" · X Is For Xtra ("March de la Winni" · "Asonarose" · "Soundtrack Music Piece 17")

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The Boarding House performance · Santa Dog · Meet The Residents · Not Available (X Is For Xtra) · The Third Reich 'n Roll (video) · Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! performance · Fingerprince · Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats? (soundtrack · PAL TV LP) · Video Voodoo · Twenty Twisted Questions · Icky Flix (soundtrack · "The Knife Fight" · RZ VF) · Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents · Triple Trouble (trailer · soundtrack)

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Fingerprince-transparent-sml.png Tourniquet of Roses
Fingerprince / Babyfingers
(1976-1979)

Side A
"You Yesyesyes" · "Home Age Conversation" · "Godsong" · "March de la Winni" · "Bossy" · "Boo Who?" · "Tourniquet of Roses" · "You Yesyesyes Again"

Side B
"Six Things To A Cycle"

Side C · Babyfingers
A: "Monstrous Intro" · "Death In Barstow" · "Melon Collie Lassie" · "Flight of the Bumble Roach"
B: "Walter Westinghouse"

Personnel
The Residents · Snakefinger · Don Jackovich · Adrian Deckbar · Tony Logan · Pamela Zeibak

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Vileness Fats · X Is For Xtra · "Leapmus" · "Entrance to Crypt" · "Clumsy Climb" · "Piano Dittie" · Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! performance · The Third Reich 'n Roll video · "Whoopy Snorp" · The Residents Radio Special · "Six Amber Things"

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