Meet The Residents
An avant-garde rock group that have released over 100 albums, helped pioneer the modern Music Videos
, and produced some of the creepiest songs, both original and covers
, for about 4 decades, all while staying anonymous to the public until the early 2010's
The current lineup as it is now comprises Randy Rose (formerly known as Mr. Skull), Charles Bobuck, and Bob. A member named Carlos was part of the band (and even did vocals in lieu of Randy for one album, which was credited to the gang as Sonidas De La Noche) but has since retired.
For additional info, Matt Groening
: wrote The True Story of The Residents
for Uncle Willie.
- Acceptable Targets: invoked They've taken half(?)-joking potshots at The Beatles 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!"
- Album Within An Album: The Big Bubble
- Appropriated Appellation: 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".
- As the Good Book Says: Discussed and deconstructed on Wormwood.
Randy (as Mr. Skull): Nowhere does the Good Book say 'Jesus loves me.'
- Ax-Crazy: The narrator of their version of "Satisfaction".
- Black Sheep Hit/Germans Love David Hasselhoff: "Kaw-Liga", a dance/house-style cover of a Hank Williams song with the bass line of Michael Jackson'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.
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: "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.
- Concept Album: - Most of them
- Creator In-Joke: Quite a few.
- Creepy Children Singing: Subverted; it was actually regular collaborator Molly Harvey, although she was so convincing that many thought an actual child had done the recording.
- The Cover Changes The Meaning: Where to begin?
- Darker and Edgier: Nobody can agree when exactly, but after a certain point, their albums became progressively heavier and bleaker.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Seriously, good luck comparing Meet The Residents (or any of their demos) with anything they've put out since Not Available got released.
- The Faceless: The band always performs masked, and would leave their true identities to speculation. During The New Tens, however, the band began using their first names, and even revealed Chuck's full name.
- Faceless Eye: Their signature masks.
- Fake Guest Star: Oh, so many of them. Notably instances include Snakefinger, Carla Fabrizio, Molly Harvey, and Nolan Cook.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Possibly the only reason they got away with the artwork◊ (NSFW) for Tweedles! was the way that they packaged it.◊
- Gorn:The climax of God in Three Persons.
- In The Style Of
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Several of their earliest known recordings, while never properly released, are constantly being distributed online.
- Miniscule Rocking: Commercial Album, which contains 40 tracks all lasting one minute each.
- Missing Episode: Baby Sex, The Warner Brothers Album, Rusty Coathangers for the Doctor, The Ballad Of Stuffed Trigger, and possibly more.
- Orphaned Series: The Mole Series of six albums, of which only three appeared.
- Precision F-Strike: Their songs are usually rather clean, but they will belt out an expletive every now and then.
- Pun-Based Title: The Third Reich 'n' Roll
- Reclusive Artist: Taken to its Logical Extreme—They rarely even get their mail there.
- Rock Opera:Though they've never been referred to as such, most of their concept albums could technically be this.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: "Mother No More".
- Skull for a Head: 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.
- Stylistic Suck:
- Surreal Music Video: Every music video they've ever made.
- Updated Re-release: Subverted: WB:RMX would be one—if the original ever saw release.
- Those Wacky Nazis: 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.
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit: When it's invoked, it's Played for Laughs.
- Word Salad Lyrics: In a few cases.