|This article is about the 1977 short film.|
You may be looking for the 1976 studio album of the same name.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
- The Residents videography
- The Third Reich 'n Roll
- Vileness Fats
- "March de la Winni"
- Palmer Eiland
- Atomic Shopping Carts
- Mr. Skull
- Uncle Willie's Highly Opinionated Guide to The Residents, page 11, 1992
- "The End of Arf" on YouTube
|The Third Reich 'n Roll|
Side A: "Swastikas on Parade"
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