@OneDrunkWalking It was fun to speculate that they might be pop stars in disguise (I remember once reading a compelling argument that they were actually The Beatles back together and making the weird music they wanted to make in the 60s but couldn't because of the monstrous money machine "The Beatles" was as a brand) but I never actually believed it or anything, and my feelings re: the "mystery" are more in line with what you said at the end of your shout: I never really wanted to know who they were because it was more fun not knowing and I'm one who feels the point of not sharing their identities publicly was more a statement on the idea that they could be anyone/their identities weren't important, it was their art that was important. Really the question of who they were/are only really appealed to me very early on in my exploration of their music and that curiosity was quickly replaced by (mostly) admiration for the (mostly) interesting and unique music they've made.
Hey Mister Junior, I know we are last Fm "co-followers", but friends can disagree from time to time, and I gotta go against your "not that it matters" conclusion: wasn't that one of the biggest parts of their mystique, I could almost say "gimmick", that their True Names would never be revealed, and that they would forever throw the audiences stare back at us, creepy, unblinking, and identity-less?
Residents members identities revealed....well, kind of??
Doesnt really pin them down, but two of them are named "Randy" & "Chuck"!
If its a joke, then I hook, line and sinkered it