* BlackSheepHit[=/=]GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: "Kaw-Liga", a dance/house-style cover of a HankWilliams song with the bass line of MichaelJackson's "Billie Jean" was a minor club hit in France and Ibiza. One could say that they don't really have a consistent style to be at odds with really, but it's a lot more poppy than what they usually do.
* BunnyEarsLawyer:Their "managers" (more or less friends of theirs that they have handle the business side of the music business, who may or may not BE them) have described working with them as more or less baby-sitting, but are basically willing to put up with it because they make awesome music.
* CanonImmigrant: The Residents have shown up as characters in Matt Howarth's assorted comic-books, usually as musical wizards.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The "Disfigured Night" show was hosted by Marlboro, who ordered Randy not to wear the skull mask for fear of associating their trademark product with death.
* HeAlsoDid: These days, the identities of the members of the band Cromagnon is common knowledge to those who've actually heard of it, but back in the day it was rumored that bits of the band had moved onto help form The Residents. Also, they were briefly rumored to have been Music/TheBeatles.
** One of the few they've been able to verify: Randy made an appearance in an educational rap song in the 1990s, under the name Seymour Hodges.
** Charles Bobuck also has a solo career, although a good chunk of his work is done on the band's behalf, such as prerecorded tracks to play before concerts.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[{{Music/XTC}} Andy Partridge]], Lene Lovich and [[Music/HenryCow Fred Frith]] in The Commercial Album.
** [[Film/JoesApartment John Payson]] directed the video for ''Perfect Love'' on the Commercial DVD.
** [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]] makes a brief appearance on ''Mark Of The Mole'', delivering a weather report on the track "Voices Of The Air".
** ''The entire Bucharest Film Orchestra'' in Tweedles!
* IAmTheBand: Randy Rose is rumored to be the only remaining original member, and supposedly has been for some time. WordOfGod and friends of the band say otherwise, (there is suspicion that not even he is an original member) but it's quite widely believed. Either way, he is definitely the oldest, having been around as early as 1971.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Several of their earliest known recordings, while never properly released, are constantly being distributed online.
* MissingEpisode: ''Baby Sex, The Warner Brothers Album, Rusty Coathangers for the Doctor, The Ballad Of Stuffed Trigger,'' and possibly more.
* OpinionMyopia: The Wormwood tour, based on an album which dealt in the DarkerAndEdgier stories of Literature/TheBible, was accused of [[HePannedItNowHeSucks panning it]]. This got it a lot of backlash--perfectly well-selling shows would get cancelled out of nowhere, objects would get thrown at the performers, Nolan Cook even had to leave a show in Athens, Greece after taking a rock to the eyeball-mask.
* ReclusiveArtist: Taken to its LogicalExtreme--They rarely even get their mail there.
* UnPerson: Mr. Red Eye is a subversion. While reissues (and recent music videos) of work he did before becoming Mr. Skull still show him as Mr. Skull anyway, they still issue videos that featured him (including the old "This Is A Man's World" cover and the One Minute Movies.)
* TheVoiceless: They never do public interviews themselves; questions are always fielded to a "spokesperson" (often Homer Flynn). When it's a televised interview, the Residents are left to wander in the background, and the result is often hilarious.
* TroubledProduction: The European leg of the ''Mole Show'' tour in 1983. It was their first tour, and the band hadn't realized that large touring productions are highly subject to FinaglesLaw. The band traveled in two buses, one for the crew and one for the band themselves. The road crew was hostile to both the band and [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]], who was the emcee of the show. The backdrops could only fit in a 747, which added to the cost. Jillette also became seriously ill during the band's stop in Madrid. The band ended up so deep in debt that their gear was impounded just before they were due for another show back in the States, though they got it back just in time. The experience caused the band to abandon plans to complete the rest of "The Mole Trilogy", save for ''The Big Bubble'', and swear off touring entirely for a while.
** Vileness Fats was supposed to be the BigDamnMovie for the Residents' synthesizer era, but ended up being unreleased. The sets were built in GermanExpressionism style, but filming space was so small that each set was dismantled before building another. Videotape was used since the band thought it was the medium of the future and on the cheap, since they didn't have to pay for film development. Production was slow as the Residents had day jobs to fund the film. When production stopped, the film had 14 hours of footage, with [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants less than two thirds of the script finished]], and the [[TechnologyMarchesOn video looking outdated]]. Eventually, the film did get released in "Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats?" and "Vileness Fats Concentrate" from.
* WrittenInInfirmity: The basic concept for "Our Finest Flowers" was allegedly thought up after a bandmate retched all over a list of songs for the "greatest hits" compilation they ''would'' have released, rendering it partially illegible.