The premise of the commercial album, released in 1980, was for The Residents to create their own "Top-Forty" of one-minute songs - one minute being the length of a typical TV commercial taking over where the group's 1978 classic duck stab left off, the commercial album further distills the music of the residents into a stream of compact and multifaceted avant-pop gems. A model of economy, the songs on this kaleidoscopic album constantly convey more with less. In addition, one of the most important aspects of the project was the accompanying release of their four one minute movies. These videos brought to life and exposed the visual imagery of The Residents much more than ever before. And, since the band had not yet toured, these startling images revealed the world of The Residents in ways unimagined by unsuspecting pop audiences in the early 1980's. Created before the existence of MTV, these short movies were immediately in high rotation when the fledgling music channel began broadcasting in 1982, and were soon incorporated into the museum of modern art's permanent collection. 25 years after the release of the commercial album, The Residents have lovingly undertaken the task of creating ten new one-minute videos in addition to the original four, and also convinced more than 30 outstanding artists to join in the fun. The result is the commercial album containing 56 outstanding one minute movies - a virtual film festival in a box.
Includes new videos from: Karr Aermann, Leigh Barbier, Ty Bardi, Doug Carney, Steven Cerio, Roscoe Chapp, Niffer Desmond. Bill Desmond, Jean-Charles Finck, Bulk Foodveyor, Fabrice Fouquet, Incorect, Andrew Koehler, Harry Lagoussis, Chip Lord, John Mcnaughton, Cedric Mercier, Eric Montchaud, Takeshi Murata. Eric Nordhauser, Eun-Ha Paek, John Payson, The Penguin Bros, Martin Redlich, Stephane Ricard, Rosto A.D, Jean-Michel Roux, John Sanborn, Gunter Segers, Rajendra Serber, Rich Shupe, Casey Stockdon, Geert Vandenbroele.Veber Veber, Luk Willekens, and others.