The Residents: Icky Flix | Chicago Reader

The Residents: Icky Flix

Sixteen beautiful and disturbing shorts by art-rock psychos the Residents. The Third Reich 'n' Roll, enshrined in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, is a crude black-and-white film in which four figures dance around in Klansman robes made from newspapers; a cellophane-wrapped alien bursts through the newspaper backdrop and zaps them with a ray gun, its beam created by scratching the celluloid. This Is a Man's Man's Man's World, a video for the band's cover of the James Brown tune, takes advantage of early computer graphics with a camera pointed at a monitor: a man's blue-tinted face mugs as worms bore out of his head. And there's a creepy 18-minute version of the band's surreal musical comedy Vileness Fats, in which a mythical town of one-armed midgets hires Siamese-twin wrestlers to protect it from assorted evils, including some armored anthropomorphic shopping carts.

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