[[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, and appears to have been replaced with someone named Rico.

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:

* 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.
* 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 [[BlatantLies 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.