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

After almost 40 years as a faceless collective, in the early [[TheNewTens 2010's]] the members - while not revealing their real identities - adapted individual monikers and personas: Randy Rose (the singer; formerly known as Mr. Skull), Charles "Chuck" Bobuck (the keyboardist and composer), and Bob (the guitarist). A fourth member, Carlos, was said to have recently retired, although he was credited as a guest vocalist on one album. In 2016, Charles Bobuck announced his departure from the band. The following year, he admitted he was Cryptic Corporation member Hardy Fox. The remaining members have not yet given out their real names.

For additional info, Creator/MattGroening wrote [[http://www.residents.com/historical4/info/ The True Story of The Residents]] for Uncle Willie. A documentary, ''Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents'', was released in 2015.

!!Albums with their own TV Tropes pages:
* ''Music/ThirdReichAndRoll'' (1976)
* ''Music/{{Eskimo}}'' (1979)
* ''Music/TheCommercialAlbum'' (1980)

!!Other projects:
* ''VideoGame/BadDayOnTheMidway'' (1995 AdventureGame)


!!Associated tropes:

* AbortedArc: The American Composer Series, where the Residents cover songs by prominent American musicians. WordOfSaintPaul says that it was because the Residents [[ScrewedByTheLawyers had to pay royalties for the covers]].
** ''Mark Of The Mole'' was intended to be the first of a six part "trilogy", of which only four albums were released - the accompanying tour was a financial disaster that almost broke up the band, so they opted to move on to other projects. Of the released albums, ''Mark Of The Mole'' is the only one to have an overall plot, and it ends very ambiguously. The other three (''Tunes Of Two Cities'', ''The Big Bubble'' and ''Intermission'') largely consist of music supposedly made in-universe by the clashing cultures depicted in the story.
* 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.
* DirtyOldMan: Randy.
* DreamTeam: They did a collab with fellow avant-gardists Renaldo And The Loaf, called ''Title In Limbo,'' in 1983.
** Music/ToddRundgren was one of the guests on ''The Gingerbread Man''
** ''The Commercial Album'' had, as its special guests, the likes of Fred Frith and Andy Partridge.
** ''Tweedles!'' saw the band working side by side with the entire Film Orchestra of Bucharest.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Seriously, good luck comparing ''Meet The Residents'' (or any of their demos) with anything they've put out since ''Not Available'' got released.
* EldritchAbomination: The titular character of ''Gingerbread Man'' might be one, if its description in ''Live at the Fillmore'' is anything to go by...
** [-'''Randy:''' "...the cookie man somehow escapes his usual fate, and he becomes the hunter, instead of the prey. But being more spirit than substance, this gingerbread man has an unusual appetite, and he feeds on energy; dark, brooding, soul-sucking energy... and the human race offers more than he can count."-]
* TheFaceless: The band always performs masked, and would leave their true identities to speculation. During TheNewTens, however, the bandmates began going under individual names.
* 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''.
* TheHedonist: The protagonist of ''Tweedles!''
* InTheStyleOf
* LongTitle: ''Imaginary Jack'', a bonus disc included with ''Animal Lover'' bears the full title of ''I stood at my window staring at an arcing streetlight. A sudden wind made me pull my shoulders to my ears. I pissed into the dark. It smelled like canned tuna. My swollen lip throbbed. I could still taste the blood. My eyes rolled back looking for memories. I stopped. I was changing details in my mind,remembering only what I wanted it to be, not what it was. I had only a short time to do what had to be done, after that it would all be forever absorbed by my imaginary Jack.''
* MindScrew
* MinisculeRocking: ''Commercial Album'', which contains 40 tracks all lasting a minute each.
* OrphanedSeries: The Mole Series of six albums, of which only three appeared.
** The American Composer series, which got buried two albums in under a load of royalty discussions.
* 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.
* SesameStreetCred: Appeared in the costumes they wore during the Cube-E tour on ''Series/PeeWee'sPlayhouse'', which they also scored on occasion.
* 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.
* 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.
* TrainSong: The concept album ''Ghost of Hope'' is all about notable train wrecks, so this is inevitable.
* UpdatedRerelease: Inverted; [=WB:RMX=] saw release over a decade before ''The Warner Brothers Album.''
* WereStillRelevantDammit: When it's invoked, it's PlayedForLaughs.
* WordSaladLyrics: In a few cases.