One of the most influential, and least listened to, bands of the mid-1960s, The Village Fugs were to garage bands what Creator/LennyBruce was to standup comedy: a shock band whose work is in some ways [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad more offensive today]] than it was in its own time, in part due to its own influence on public tastes. The Fugs used a deliberately raw, crude recording style, and experimented with various kinds of performance art in their live appearances, pushing the boundaries of both artistic expression and good taste to the breaking point. Much of their work was political and social satire of the most caustic sort.

Despite most of their work being topical, and now badly dated, their albums and films, as well as the numerous poetry books of two of their founding members, Ed Sanders and the late Tuli Kupferberg, remain cult classics.
!!Tropes associated with The Fugs include:
* BuxomIsBetter: "Boobs A Lot"
* CIAEvilFBIGood: "CIA Man"
** Even though the FBI officially spied upon them because of their anti-war activism.
* EverybodyMustGetStoned: "I Couldn't Get High," later covered by the staunchly pro-marijuana reggae rock band Slightly Stoopid.
* IntercourseWithYou: Parodied with "Wet Dream", in the form of a doo-wop teenage love song.
* ProtestSong: "Kill for Peace", though much of their repertoire falls into this category.
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Wide, Wide River" is not called "River of Shit."
* RefugeInAudacity: They were the first rock band to openly sing about sex, drugs and politics.
* ShoutOut: As the band was founded by published poets, several songs are based on poems. These include "[[Creator/WilliamBlake Ah, Sunflower]]" and "[[Literature/{{Howl}} I Saw the Best Minds of My Generation Rock]]".
* StrawNihilist: "Nothing" lists everything that means "nothing", but actually does it in an amusing way. So it can be TheAntiNihilist as well.
* UnusualEuphemism: The band name was taken from a euphemism for "fuck" from ''Literature/TheNakedAndTheDead'' by Creator/NormanMailer.