[[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:

* AbortedArc: The American Composer Series, where the Residents cover songs by prominent American musicians. WordOfSaintPaul says that it was because the Residents [[ScrewedByTheLawyers had to pay royalties for the covers]].
** ''Mark Of The Mole'' was intended to be the first of a six part "trilogy", of which only four albums were released - the accompanying tour was a financial disaster that almost broke up the band, so they opted to move on to other projects. Of the released albums, ''Mark Of The Mole'' is the only one to have an overall plot, and it ends very ambiguously. The other three (''Tunes Of Two Cities'', ''The Big Bubble'' and ''Intermission'') largely consist of music supposedly made in-universe by the clashing cultures depicted in the story.
* 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 bandmates began going under individual names.
* 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 a minute each.
* OrphanedSeries: The Mole Series of six albums, of which only three appeared.
** The American Composer series, which got buried two albums in under a load of royalty discussions.
* 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.
* SesameStreetCred: Appeared in the costumes they wore during the Cube-E tour on ''Series/PeeWee'sPlayhouse'', which they also scored on occasion.
* 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.