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[[caption-width-right:315:Meet The Residents]]
An avant-garde rock group that have released over 100 albums, helped pioneer the modern MusicVideos, and produced some of the creepiest songs, both original [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning and covers]], for about 4 decades, all while staying anonymous to the public until the early [[TheNewTens 2010's]].

The current lineup as it is now comprises Randy Rose (formerly known as Mr. Skull), Charles Bobuck, and Bob. A member named Carlos was part of the band (and even did vocals in lieu of Randy for one album, which was credited to the gang as Sonidas De La Noche) but has since retired.

For additional info, Creator/MattGroening: wrote [[http://www.residents.com/historical4/info/ The True Story of The Residents]] for Uncle Willie.

!!Albums with their own TV Tropes page
* ''Music/ThirdReichAndRoll'' (1976)
* ''Music/TheCommercialAlbum'' (1980)

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!!Associated Tropes:

* AcceptableTargets: {{invoked}} They've taken half(?)-joking potshots at Music/TheBeatles a few times. Around the time ''The Beatles Play The Residents and The Residents Play The Beatles'' was released, (since-debunked) rumor had it that the Residents completely despised the Beatles.
** When Carlos officially left the band, Randy followed up the announcement of such (made on at least one live show) by shouting "Fuck Carlos!"
* [[ShowWithinAShow Album Within An Album]]: ''The Big Bubble''
* AppropriatedAppellation: Before they had settled on a name, they sent out a demo tape to Warner Brothers. Because the return address didn't include a name, their rejection letter was simply addressed to "Residents".
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Discussed and deconstructed on ''Wormwood.''
-->'''Randy (as Mr. Skull):''' Nowhere does the Good Book say 'Jesus loves me.'
* AxCrazy: The narrator of [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning their version]] of "[[Music/TheRollingStones Satisfaction]]".
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: "Om Is Where The Art Is," off The Warner Brothers Album.
-->Seattle wasn't built in a day,\\
Did you know that? I bet you did.\\
I have to be right, I cannot be wrong,\\
After all, Jesus wasn't built in a day.
* ConceptAlbum: - Most of them
* CreatorInJoke: Quite a few.
* CreepyChildrenSinging: Subverted; it was actually regular collaborator Molly Harvey, although she was so convincing that many thought an actual child had done the recording.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Where to begin?
* DarkerAndEdgier: Nobody can agree when exactly, but after a certain point, their albums became progressively heavier and bleaker.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Seriously, good luck comparing ''Meet The Residents'' (or any of their demos) with anything they've put out since ''Not Available'' got released.
* TheFaceless: The band always performs masked, and would leave their true identities to speculation. During TheNewTens, however, the band began using their first names, and even revealed Chuck's full name.
* FacelessEye: Their signature masks.
* FakeGuestStar: Oh, so many of them. Notably instances include Snakefinger, Carla Fabrizio, Molly Harvey, and Nolan Cook.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Possibly the only reason they got away with the [[http://www.residents.com/historical4/Tweedles/files/stacks_image_2202-tweed500.jpg artwork]] (NSFW) for ''Tweedles!'' was the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2c/Tweedles.jpg way that they packaged it.]]
* {{Gorn}}:The climax of ''God in Three Persons''.
* InTheStyleOf
* MindScrew
* MinisculeRocking: ''Commercial Album'', which contains 40 tracks all lasting one minute each.
* OrphanedSeries: The Mole Series of six albums, of which only three appeared.
* PrecisionFStrike: Their songs are usually rather clean, but they will belt out an expletive every now and then.
* PunBasedTitle: ''The Third Reich 'n' Roll''
** The song titles "Guylum Bardot" and "The Booker Tease" are puns on the names of musicians: Guy Lombardo, a big band leader, and Booker T. Jones, front-man of the instrumental soul group Booker T & The M.G.'s. Similarly "Krafty Cheese" references Kraft cheese and the fact that the group thought the song sounded like "cheesy {{Music/Kraftwerk}}".
* RockOpera:Though they've never been referred to as such, most of their concept albums could technically be this.
* ShellShockedVeteran: "Mother No More".
* SkullForAHead: What the band resorted to when the Red Eyeball mask was stolen and returned in a beat-up state--the skull in question was originally a prop for a photoshoot.
* StylisticSuck:
** Their cover of Music/TheRollingStones' "Satisfaction" isn't called the "most intentionally repulsive song" for nothing.
** ''The Big Bubble'', a SelfTitledAlbum by a fictional band.
* SurrealMusicVideo: Every music video they've ever made.
* UpdatedRerelease: Subverted: [=WB:RMX=] would be one--if the original ever saw release.
* ThoseWackyNazis: ''The Third Reich 'n' Roll'' has only two tracks, each called "Swastikas on Parade" and "Hitler Was a Vegetarian." The cover art depicts Dick Clark in a Nazi uniform surrounded by drawings of Hitler dancing.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: When it's invoked, it's PlayedForLaughs.
* WordSaladLyrics: In a few cases.
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