The music documentary 23rd Century Giants — The Story of Renaldo & the Loaf will be released on Blu-ray March 8 from MVD Entertainment Group and Well Dang! Productions.
It follows a decades-long friendship that drives an architect and a bio-medical scientist to make the weirdest music you’ve ever heard. Not many bands can boast that one of their albums, Songs for Swinging Larvae, was voted 14th weirdest of all time by Mojo magazine.
The documentary chronicles the musical careers of mild-mannered Brits Brian Poole and David Janssen, aka Renaldo & the Loaf, whose sonic experimentation with tape loops, household objects and repurposed musical instruments alike gave them a unique electronic sound that would inspire generations of adventurous music lovers for decades. From childhood friendship, to landing a deal with the record company of their wildest dreams (Ralph Records, home of the like-minded Residents), then not speaking for 20 years only to reunite to worldwide cult status, the duo persisted. This definitive history of the band features interviews with the avant-garde duo themselves, and virtually every key figure in their musical lives.
The film also features unseen photos, unheard music and comedic cutout animations that visually represent the strangeness. The band made their long anticipated live debut in Vienna in 2018, footage of which is also included.
Special features include:
- 25 minutes of extended interviews and deleted scenes;
- 1981 Ralph Records Songs for Swinging Larvae promo film, remastered in HD from the original 16mm source;
- Renaldo & the Loaf’s Backwards Film Study #1 8mm film; and
- music videos for “A Convivial Ode” and “Optimism.”