Of Montreal is a [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly genre-bending]] indie group from Athens, Georgia.[[note]]Which while technically in the DeepSouth couldn't be farther from it in reality. It's a college town.[[/note]] Formed in 1996 by Kevin Barnes as a [[IAmTheBand solo project]], it began as folksy [[BaroquePop baroque pop]] like most other Elephant 6 projects. Derek Almstead and Bryan Poole (who frequently performs under the stage name The Late B.P. Helium) soon joined; the groups' first three albums featured this lineup, and the style continued until their fifth album, ''Aldhils Arboretum''. Not only was it their first full-length record to not be a concept album, but it also introduced the dance-friendly style that set them apart from their Elephant 6 peers. This funkier sound kept on evolving on each record, and the group caught the eye of music critics with ''Sunlandic Twins'', with one song from the album even being altered and used in a commercial for Outback Steakhouse.
Their next album marked an even more drastic change from their folk-styled roots. ''Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?'' was created almost entirely by Kevin Barnes to cope with psychological issues he was experiencing at the time, and featured enough LyricalDissonance to make [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "Komm Susser Todd"]] sound like [[Music/TheBeatles "Hey Jude"]]. It also gave birth to Barnes' {{alter ego|Acting}}, a CampGay black {{Transvestite}} GlamRock star named [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Georgie Fruit]]. The next two albums, ''Skeletal Lamping'' and ''False Priest'', both were predominantly written from the viewpoint and continued the bass-heavy pop sound of the previous album.

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!!The band exemplifies the following tropes:

* BreakawayPopHit: The song "Wraith Pinned To The Mist (And Other Games)" was altered for use in a series of Outback Steakhouse TV and radio ads.
* CampGay: Kevin Barnes' alter ego Georgie Fruit.
* CampStraight: Despite his flamboyant dress style at live shows, Barnes is HappilyMarried to Nina Aimee Grøttland.
** Barnes even remarked in interviews that he wished to be gay out of fascination with LGBT culture, but someday realized that he just wasn't gay at all.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Shows up in "Faberge Falls For Shuggie".
* ConceptAlbum: Their first four albums, as well as ''Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?''
* EarWorm: "Id Engager," among many others.
* EpicRocking: "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" from ''Hissing Fauna'' is 12 minutes long, and "No Conclusion" from the companion EP ''Icons, Abstract Thee'' comes close to the 10-minute mark.
* GrotesqueCute: The music video for "Wraith Pinned To the Mist (And Other Games)".
* IntercourseWithYou: ''Hissing Fauna'' showed signs of this, before Barnes went all-out on ''Skeletal Lamping'' and ''False Priest''.
* LongTitle: Examples include "We Were Born the Mutants Again with Leafling", "Inside a Room Full of Treasures, a Black Pygmy Horse's Head Pops Up Like a Periscope", and "Upon Settling on the Frozen Island, Lecithin Presents Claude and Coquelicot With His Animal Creations for Them to Approve or Reject (The Rejected Inventions Walk Towards the Reverse Magnetizer)"
* LyricalDissonance: ''Hissing Fauna'' features quite upbeat pop songs set to lyrics centered on depression and suicide.
* MagnumOpus: Most fans point to ''Hissing Fauna'', but Barnes has said in interviews that he considers ''False Priest'' as his masterpiece.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: ''And how.''
* NewSoundAlbum: Two, in fact: ''Satanic Panic in the Attic'' introduced their funkier and poppier sound, and ''Hissing Fauna'' introduced their trademark LyricalDissonance (paired with a much more theatrical stage show).
** ''Paralytic Stalks'' is their most experimental album to date.
* RefugeInAudacity: At least one show in the 2010 tour featured [[spoiler: Kevin Barnes grinding with a woman in a pig suit and faking an orgasm while a man in a similar pig suit looks on in shock and horror, at which point Barnes declares he needs "sexual healing", tackles him, and then air-humps and teabags him.]]
* RepurposedPopSong: See BreakawayPopHit.
* SanitySlippageSong: "The Past is a Grotesque Animal"
* SesameStreetCred: The group has appeared on ''Series/YoGabbaGabba''.
* TitleDrop: "Labyrinthian Pomp" features the line "Let's just say / You are not the destroyer".
** The immediately preceding song names their next three major releases, albeit out of order: "Skeletal Lamping / The Controller Sphere / False Priest".
* {{Transsexual}}: Barnes claims that his on-stage character Georgie Fruit has had many sex change surgeries in his time.
* {{Tsundere}}: The subject of "Our Riotous Defects".
* UnusualEuphemism: "Now that the parachute has opened, well / Don't it make you feel good?"

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