The Residents released DUCK STAB! as a seven inch, 33 1/3 rpm EP in 1978. For the group, the relatively lighthearted EP represented a break from the much more experimental Eskimo recordings which consumed the majority of a four-year period from 1975-79; for Ralph Records it was a much-needed revenue source at a time when the band was not producing much product. To everyone’s surprise, the EP was a hit, selling 50,000 copies in a few months. The demand was so high that Ralph insisted the band record a second EP, Buster & Glen, which they paired with DUCK STAB! to make an LP, which was also quite successful.
Several years later, Night Flight, a program featuring alternative programming on the USA cable channel, aired Residents’ video, including the Hello Skinny music video based on a song from the DUCK STAB! / Buster & Glen album. The program aired from 1981-88 often highlighting The Residents to the extent that many of the group’s fans cited Night Flight as their initial introduction to the band.
Fast forwarding to 2016 when Night Flight resurrected itself as a streaming video service, Night Flight Plus. In recognition of their long-standing connection, Night Flight invited The Residents to create a program in celebration of the service’s 40th Anniversary on June 5, 2021. Since the band was already rehearsing DUCK STAB! as part of their upcoming 50th Anniversary Tour, the forty-year-old EP/LP seemed like a perfect choice for Night Flight.
With a professional camera crew, led by director John Sanborn and director of photography Frazer Bradshaw, The Residents performed the reworked DUCK STAB! ALIVE! music over three days from May 19-21,2021 at the 25th Street Studio in Oakland, CA. The results, as you can hear are spectacular.
released December 10, 2021
Starring: The Residents
Directed by: John Sanborn
Produced by: Starr Sutherland
Executive Producers: Carsten Hess & Guido Randzio for GRAND CHESS Records
Written and Performed by: The Residents
Director of Photography: Frazer Bradshaw
Edited by: Roger Jones · John Sanborn
Audio Engineer: Gabriel Shepard
Recorded at: 25th Street Recording · Oakland, CA
Audio Mix by: Eric Drew Feldman · Gabriel Shepard
Camera Operators: Jason Joseffer · Tijana Petrovic · Alex Zajicek
DIT: Tim Assavarat
Gaffer: Frank Silva
Grips: Ryan Moore · Mila Puccini
Production Assistant: Danielle Bacanskas
Photographers: Henrik Kam · Roger Jones
Costumes designed by: Poor Know Graphics
Costumes constructed by: Laura Hazett · Jamielyn Duggan
Dance Master: Jamielyn Duggan
Dancers: KJ Dahlaw · Caitlin Hicks · Erin Yen
GRAND CHESS is a word play on the names of the two company founders, Guido Randzio and Carsten Hess. Friends, businessmen
and fellow connoisseurs of art and music for many decades, we have created a music company that offers services and products we would actually buy ourselves. We gladly leave chasing after short-lived trends and appealing to the uncritical masses to others....more