One of the most influential, and least listened to, bands of the mid-1960s, The Village Fugs were to garage bands what Lenny Bruce
was to standup comedy: a shock band whose work is in some ways more offensive today
than it was in its own time, in part due to its own influence on public tastes. The Fugs used a deliberately raw, crude recording style, and experimented with various kinds of performance art in their live appearances, pushing the boundaries of both artistic expression and good taste to the breaking point. Much of their work was political and social satire of the most caustic sort.
Despite most of their work being topical, and now badly dated, their albums and films, as well as the numerous poetry books of two of their founding members, Ed Sanders and the late Tuli Kupferberg, remain cult classics.
Tropes associated with The Fugs include: