This CD contains WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VILENESS FATS? and the original soundtrack for the film THE CENSUS TAKER.
In 1972, near the very beginning of their existence, The Residents set out to shoot a feature-length music video titled VILENESS FLATS. The project was never completed and was subsequently shelved. Revisiting the film 12 years later, and availing themselves of attendant advances in video technology, The Residents finally completed the half-hour-long piece, now titled WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO VILENESS FATS?
Eleven tracks on this CD are taken from the music created by The Residents to accompany the video. Though primarily instrumental, this is not mere background music. Each composition has its own discreet identity and its own particular drama. Nine additional pieces fill out this set. These represent The Residents' contributions to another film project, THE CENSUS TAKER, a low budget horror flick made by former Saturday Night Live cast member Garrett Morris.
Option (Sept.-Oct./92, p.124) - "...Seriously loopy, these keyboard-based compositions glide along like a rocket ship from a '50s sci-fi flick..."