The Residents: Commercial (1980)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Music History, Video Art  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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For decades, surrealist musical pranksters the Residents have confounded and amused audiences with their inimitable style and stratospherically bizarre sense of humor, and their 1980 release The Commercial Album is no exception. A sort of "top-40" of one-minute ditties (the time representing the average length of a typical television commercial), the release was accompanied by a quartet of amazingly visualized one-minute movies that served as the Residents' introduction to the world. Enlisting the aid of more than 30 contemporary artists to help them bring their original vision into the new millennium, the Residents have crafted ten new one-minute movies. Featuring 56 one-minute masterpieces in all, this undeniably outlandish release finds one of the world's most bizarre bands still in top form over two decades after the original release.

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band [music group], music-video, pop-music, short-films, video-art, commercialism, satire