The Tiger Lillies are a three man band from Soho, London, UK. They sing about filth.
So... that's the short version. The long version is that the Tiger Lillies are a punk cabaret band led by classically trained falsetto / philosophy dropout Martyn Ja(c)ques, supported by two Adrians in silly hats: Adrian Hughes (on drums, toy cars and inflatable hammers) and Adrian Stout (on bass, theremin and backup vocals).
Their songs range from deranged screaming to incredibly touching sailor ballads. The band isn't afraid to cover, either: their work includes songs by Music/JacquesBrel, Creator/KurtWeill, Creator/StephenSondheim, Music/FrankSinatra and the VillagePeople. They also have several ConceptAlbum projects and shows: one based on ''Literature/ShockheadedPeter'', one that's a parody of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'', and an album with Creator/EdwardGorey's unpublished poems, created by Gorey's express request.
In the past few years, they've gone from piss-poor obscurity to international fame, playing high-end theatres all over the globe. Most recently, they were invited to play in Creator/BertoltBrecht's own Berlin theatre — one of the ''very'' few occasions the theatre hosted anything aside from classical plays by its own ensemble. The band's celebrity fans include Creator/MattGroening, Creator/TerryGilliam, Music/TheDresdenDolls, Music/FranzFerdinand (who attend their concerts when they feel like it), Music/MarilynManson and Creator/DitaVonTeese (who used songs by the Tiger Lillies as their ''wedding music''), and [[Theatre/HedwigAndTheAngryInch John Cameron Mitchell]].
They have to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbEKFVCrArA seen to be believed]].
!!Tropes that have shown up in their works include:
* CosmicHorror: Their show "''The Mountains of Madness''"
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Their album titles tend towards the brutally honest.
* VillainSong: "Charles Dexter Ward"