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TV on the Radio is a Brooklyn-based band that was formed in 2000. They are known for their GenreBusting [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly sound]], often combining elements of HipHop, {{Soul}}, PostPunk, [[ElectronicMusic Electronica]], and AlternativeRock into their music.
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'''Band members:'''
* Tunde Adebimpe: vocals, loops
* Kyp Malone: guitars, keyboards, loops
* David Andrew Sitek: vocals, guitars, bass, loops
* Jaleel Bunton: drums, vocals, loops, guitars
* Gerard Smith: bass, keyboards ([[AuthorExistenceFailure deceased]])

'''Albums:'''
* ''OK Calculator'' (2002)
* ''Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes'' (2004)
* ''Music/ReturnToCookieMountain'' (2006)
* ''Dear Science'' (2008)
* ''Nine Types of Light'' (2011)
* ''Seeds'' (2014)

David Sitek has also produced quite a few albums, including all three of the albums from Music/YeahYeahYeahs. Tunde Adebimpe, for his part, has a respectable sideline as an actor, best known for playing the groom in ''Film/RachelGettingMarried''.
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!!Tropes exhibited by this band include:
* AlbumTitleDrop: The title of their first album, "Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes," shows up during the climax of the first song, "The Wrong Way."
* BadassBeard: Tunde usually sports a respectable stubble, but Kyp Malone's facial hair could rival UsefulNotes/RutherfordBHayes'.
* BrokenRecord: "My repetition, my repetition is this" x20 or so at the end of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Repetition"]].
* DestructoNookie: "Lover's Day." Sweet Jesus, "Lover's Day."
* GenreBusting
* GenreRoulette: Their albums contain any number of different song styles, including drum-and-bass, AvantGardeMusic, trip-hop, ACappella, PowerBallad, or NewWave. With this as well as GenreBusting and NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly under their belt, it is safe to say their music defies simple categorization.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "Tonight." Sounds more like a heart with a pacemaker or something, though.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Wolf Like Me" ends with a sound that is comparable to the transformation of a person to a wolf. Actually fitting, considering the name and the thematics of the song.
* MagicalNegro; [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the song "The Wrong Way:"
-->''Wake up in a magic nigger movie / with the bright lights pointed at me / as a metaphor / teachin' folks the score / about patience, understanding, agape babe / and sweet sweet amour.''
* MindScrew: Tons of their music videos. "Province" is a particularly outstanding example.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Post-punk, {{Funk}}, electro, dub, {{Afrobeat}}, hip-hop, ProgressiveRock, gospel, NoiseRock, swing, SynthPop... and that's just only a fraction of what you'll hear in an average TV on the Radio album.
* NonIndicativeName: "Second Song" is the first song on ''Nine Types of Light''.
* {{Parody}}: Their video for the song "You" in the video "Nine Types of Light" is a parody of Prince, possibly of the affectionate variety. In the movie, Tunde leaves the band and begins a solo career that is clearly modeled after Prince.
** Definitely an affectionate one, seeing as how they listed Music/{{Prince}} as one of their main influences.
* ShoutOut: Their first album, ''OK Calculator'', was titled as a reference to Music/{{Radiohead}}'s MagnumOpus, ''Music/OKComputer''.
* StylisticSuck: The werewolves in "Wolf Like Me" look like stop-motion killer poodles, probably deliberately.
* TokenMinority: David Sitek is the only white guy in a band that is otherwise entirely black.
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