If box sets could somehow compete in an Olympic-style competition, then the new collection from masked art collective The Residents would take home gold, silver, bronze, and even a few competitors’ wallets. As SPIN.com points out, the outfit’s celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first release, the 1972 “Santa Dog” single, with the Ultimate Box Set, a $100,000 collection encompassing first pressings of seemingly every single Residents release ever (100-plus items total). And did we mention it’ll come housed in a 28 cubic-foot refrigerator? Because, why not?
In a wacky infomerical, which you can watch below, “frontman” “Randy”, decked out in a tattered Santa suit, outlines the goodies jam-packed inside what most people use to store vegetables and almond milk: “563 songs…40 vinyl LPs, 50 CDs, and dozens of singles, EPs, DVDs, and CD-ROMs plus other releases” and assorted artifacts from the band’s career, including the eyeball-with-top-hat mask the band’s worn throughout their run. There’s also a mystery item available for a reasonable $5 million, which we assume is the first born child of each member.
While a press releases indicates that the “intended market for the box set lies within the realm of fine art,” “Randy” thinks even Johnny Average can snag this most expensive of cultural collections. “Have a bake sale. Break open those penny jars. Sell a goddamned kidney if you have to.” Based on his creepy meth-head mullet, “Randy” probably knows some folks who will totally take one or both of your kidneys.
For now, only 10 of these boxes will be available on The Residents’ website on Christmas Day. For those without the bread for a purchase equivalent to buying a house, the band will be on tour in January, with dates to be announced shortly.