Not for Sale: TV Sheriff and the Trail Buddies

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  • Emerging from the LA underground in the year 2000, a self-proclaimed “video band” called TV Sheriff & The Trailbuddies hit the scene with their twisted take on performance art and VJ remixing. They have since taken their unique act to venues worldwide, providing animated commentary on the state of mind control in the USA. The Trialbuddies focus on the banality of television, creating rhyth

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Emerging from the LA underground in the year 2000, a self – proclaimed “video band” called TV SHERIFF & THE TRAILBUDDIES hit the scene with their twisted take on performance art and VJ remixing. They have since taken their unique act to venues worldwide, providing animated commentary on the state of mind control in the USA. THE TRAILBUDDIES focuses on the banality of television, creating rhythmic collages from appropriated clips of the most absurd broadcast moments. And bes… More >>

Not for Sale: TV Sheriff and the Trail Buddies

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  1. Not as bad as most of the reviews I’ve seen, the Culturejammin’ TV Sheriff and his Buddies pick up where the 1980’s EBN/Emergency Broadcast Network left off recycling the best and worst of three decades of broadcast and cable video nuggets. Not always easy watching, there are some great bits such as one justaposing visuals from two Jerries, Springer and Lewis.

    Thanks to the concept of Fair Use, these video clips are used in ways their creators did not forsee and probably would not approve, the original messages being turned on their ear in a process called “détournement.” With so many people addicted to what writer Harlan Ellison dubbed the “Glass Teat,” more people should be able to examine critically the hidden messages being transmitted. If you are already there, this could be the DVD for you.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. NOT FOR SALE: TV SHERIFF & THE TRAIL BUDDIES is difficult to describe, but I’ll do my best. Imagine, if you will, three hyperactive persons dressed as (1) a blond-mustachioed rootin’-tootin’ Old West law enforcement type, (2) a “Video Ape” (i.e., a sort of gorilla/primate thing), and (3) a bearded hillbilly gold prospector in red long underwear. Betwixt the irritating, seizure-inducing antics of the aforementioned three, various commercials, movies, and/or television shows are mashed up — by which I mean cut and pasted, repeated, and reassembled in various audio-video collages intended — seemingly (I am using my interpretive powers here) — to indicate the maddening hypnotic power of moronic commercial entertainment.

    The reason I decided to purchase this DVD was that it was on the Other Cinema label (which brought us much better oddities like ANIMAL CHARM: GOLDEN DIGEST, SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS, and their anthology of 1970s commercials) and that the premise (as described on this website) sounded interesting.

    The main program on this disc is about an hour or so, but half that length would have been more than enough to bring home the almost too obvious main point behind these collages. (Gee, mass media is in the business of brainwashing? Who would’ve thunk it? Well… just about everybody with average human cognition. And we did not perhaps even require the stimuli of fast-edited peanut butter, KFC, and exercise equipment commercials to arrive at this conclusion.) Don’t get me wrong. I would have liked this a lot more if the juxtapositions were clever or funny or even somewhat interesting, but most are not. They’re just spasmatic and trying waaaaaaay too hard. (There are a few gems amid the all the noise: a brief segment which reduces Rocky Balboa’s grief to an unintelligible warble is one very funny stand-out.)

    The truly exceptionally bad parts of this video occur when the video/audio collages give way to the TV Sheriff & Trail Buddies’ live action hijinks. They seem a little too eager to prove to us how zany or unhinged they are, but they read more like an embarrasingly bad MAD TV sketch (which is nearly all of them anyway). Also, their live action schtick reminds me a little too much of an updated Residents (but not in the way that the Residents are actually entertaining and creative).

    Rating: 2 / 5

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