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* Flume is Harley Edward Streten.
3rd Jul '16 9:57:18 AM gewunomox
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TheBeatles are responsible for creating the crypto-soloist version of this trope more or less single-bandedly, despite never embodying it themselves. Before the Beatles, all the big-name acts in rock and roll were solo stars, sometimes with a featured backing band. (The situation was different in some other pop-music genres, notably {{Doowop}}.) As a result, when the Beatles first broke out there were attempts to fix on one Beatle as the leader or star of the band. Instead they averted this now-ForgottenTrope so sucessfully (even individual songwriting credit was usually hidden behind the Lennon-[=McCartney=] byline) that their massive success turned the expectation on its head. Bands often break from the Beatles model by having a single recognisable frontman (see FaceOfTheBand) or a much less stable lineup (see RevolvingDoorBand) but the overall expectation that pop/rock acts be (or at least, be marketed as) Beatles-like groups without a billed leader has held firm.

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TheBeatles Music/TheBeatles are responsible for creating the crypto-soloist version of this trope more or less single-bandedly, despite never embodying it themselves. Before the Beatles, all the big-name acts in rock and roll were solo stars, sometimes with a featured backing band. (The situation was different in some other pop-music genres, notably {{Doowop}}.) As a result, when the Beatles first broke out there were attempts to fix on one Beatle as the leader or star of the band. Instead they averted this now-ForgottenTrope so sucessfully (even individual songwriting credit was usually hidden behind the Lennon-[=McCartney=] byline) that their massive success turned the expectation on its head. Bands often break from the Beatles model by having a single recognisable frontman (see FaceOfTheBand) or a much less stable lineup (see RevolvingDoorBand) but the overall expectation that pop/rock acts be (or at least, be marketed as) Beatles-like groups without a billed leader has held firm.
3rd Jul '16 1:53:09 AM youwhat
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-->-- '''Music/FatboySlim''', "The Rockafeller Skank"

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-->-- '''Music/FatboySlim''', "The Rockafeller Skank"
"Right Here, Right Now"
23rd Jun '16 7:11:45 PM CassandraLeo
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* Music/DavidBowie was 'The Spiders From Mars' during his [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Ziggy Stardust]] period, and even wrote a song about it.

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* Music/DavidBowie was 'The Spiders From from Mars' during his [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Ziggy Stardust]] period, and even wrote a song about it.



* ''Brendon Small'' and a drum machine made all the music used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. (Though the fictional band in the series has a full lineup.) He used an actual drummer, Gene Hoglan, for ''The Dethalbum,'' and adds a second guitarist and a bassist for live shows.

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* ''Brendon Small'' and a drum machine made all the music used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. (Though the fictional band in the series series, Dethklok, has a full lineup.) He used an actual drummer, Gene Hoglan, for ''The Dethalbum,'' and adds a second guitarist and a bassist for live shows.



* Music/{{Megadeth}} is Dave Mustaine, AKA Megadave (Unless you're talking about Dave [=McRobb=], the Megadeth forums Administrator, whose handle is also MegaDave). The only other vaguely constant member is David "Junior" Ellefson (played on 9 of 12 albums; just returned to the band in 2010).
* The Medieval Baebes were originally founder Katherine Blake and eleven of her friends, members gradually left over the years and new girls came along. Katherine is now the only original member.
* The Microphones as well as their later namesake Mount Eerie consists of just Phil Elverum, although features many frequent guest musicians are included in performance and on albums such as Julie Doiron, Karl Blau, Kyle Field and Calvin Johnson

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* The Medieval Baebes were originally founder Katherine Blake and eleven of her friends; members gradually left over the years and new girls came along. Katherine is now the only original member.
* Music/{{Megadeth}} is Dave Mustaine, AKA Megadave (Unless you're talking about Dave [=McRobb=], the Megadeth forums Administrator, whose handle is also MegaDave).[=MegaDave=]). The only other vaguely constant member is David "Junior" Ellefson (played on 9 of 12 albums; just returned to the band in 2010).
* The Medieval Baebes were originally founder Katherine Blake and eleven of her friends, members gradually left over the years and new girls came along. Katherine is now the only original member.
* The Microphones as well as their later namesake Mount Eerie consists of just Phil Elverum, although features many frequent guest musicians are included in performance and on albums such as Julie Doiron, Karl Blau, Kyle Field and Calvin JohnsonJohnson.



* Mirrorthrone is Vladimir Cochet. So is Weeping Birth. And Unholy Matrimony.

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* Mirrorthrone is Vladimir Cochet. So is [[IHaveManyNames Weeping Birth. Birth]]. And [[RuleOfThree Unholy Matrimony.Matrimony]].



* Music/MyBloodyValentine was mostly Kevin Shields for ''Loveless'', with Bilinda Butcher doing the vocals.

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* Music/MyBloodyValentine was mostly Kevin Shields for ''Loveless'', with Bilinda Butcher doing a bit more than half of the vocals.



* Newsted was Music/JasonNewsted and some other guys, though the lineup appears to have been constant while they were together. However, Newsted shut the project down in 2014.



* [[Music/DevinTownsend Strapping Young Lad]] started out as effectively Devin Townsend and some other guys. Some of them are famous in their own right (Gene Hoglan), but nearly all the songwriting was Townsend's. The other members started to offer more input on later albums. Ocean Machine's sole album plays this even more straight; it is now frequently labelled a Townsend solo album. So does Punky Brüster's album, although that was a FakeBand to begin with. Later bands of Townsend's would usually also play this trope 100% straight, including EgocentricTeamNaming (Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project, etc.). An exception can be found with Casualties of Cool, which is a 50/50 collaboration between Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval. Townsend has also done the "plays all instruments on a solo album" variant with ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''.

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* Music/SufjanStevens is another one of those "solo artists who plays almost everything" examples. For example, the ''Illinois'' liner notes tell us he "plays the following instruments: acoustic guitar, piano, wurlitzer, electric bass, drum kit, electric guitar, oboe, Miriam's alto saxophone, Summin's flute, Daniel's banjo and/or Matt's banjo (depending on which one was in tune), Shara's glockenspiel, Laura's rickety accordion, a rented vibraphone, various recorders (Sufjan owns the tenor, soprano, and sopranino, but he borrowed Monique's alto), a Casiotone MT-70, sleigh bells, shakers, tambourine, triangle, and a Baldwin electric church organ. Oh Lord, help us!" He also often produces and records everything himself. Many of his recordings feature at least one other performer on some songs, but their role tends to be incredibly limited compared to Stevens', and on some of them (such as ''All Delighted People'') he is the only featured performer. Even on releases where other people are credited, their contributions tend to be restricted to only parts of the album, leaving other songs where Stevens is the only featured performer.
* [[Music/DevinTownsend Strapping Young Lad]] started out as effectively Devin Townsend and some other guys. Some of them are famous in their own right (Gene Hoglan), but nearly all the songwriting was Townsend's. The other members started to offer more input on later albums. Ocean Machine's sole album plays this even more straight; it is now frequently labelled a Townsend solo album. So does Punky Brüster's album, although that was a FakeBand to begin with. Later bands of Townsend's would usually also play this trope 100% straight, including EgocentricTeamNaming (Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project, etc.). An exception can be found with Casualties of Cool, which is a 50/50 collaboration between Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval. Townsend has also done the "plays all instruments on a solo album" album and recorded/produced it himself" variant with ''Ziltoid the Omniscient''.



* Music/TearsForFears were originally Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, but Orzabal put out two solo albums (and one new song on a GreatestHitsAlbum) under the Tears For Fears name in the 90's. Curt Smith returned for 2004's ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'' and is still in the band today.

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* Music/TearsForFears were originally Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, but Orzabal put out two solo albums (and one new song on a GreatestHitsAlbum) under the Tears For Fears name in the 90's. Curt Smith returned for 2004's ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending'' and is still in the band today. today (though their latest album has been in DevelopmentHell for several years).



* Music/ThinLizzy: Main man Phil Lynott wrote or co-wrote all the songs & was the frontman- even thought he played bass and the bands signature sound was the famous twin lead guitars, the band will very likely never again pen an original song under the Thin Lizzy name seeing as "Philo" died in 1986. The fact that they have becaome a self-tribute RevolvingDoorBand cements this trope.

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* Music/ThinLizzy: Main man Phil Lynott wrote or co-wrote all the songs & was the frontman- even thought though he played bass and the bands signature sound was the famous twin lead guitars, the band will very likely never again pen an original song under the Thin Lizzy name seeing as "Philo" died in 1986. The fact that they have becaome a self-tribute RevolvingDoorBand cements this trope.



* Music/TomPetty and The Heartbreakers are actually a subversion, despite being named for the frontman. They've had a stable lineup and lead guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench have been a key part of the band's sound.

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* Music/TomPetty and The the Heartbreakers are actually a subversion, despite being named for the frontman. They've had a stable lineup and lead guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench have been a key part of the band's sound. Petty has also reunited with his high school band Mudcrutch, which also subverts the trope since several other members have also contributed songs (although Petty does write or co-write more than half of them).



* A of 2012, the only constant member of Music/TheWiggles is Anthony Field (the blue one).

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* A As of 2012, the only constant member of Music/TheWiggles is Anthony Field (the blue one).



* Music/{{Wings}}: Mostly PaulMcCartney. He was a core member in a band that changed personnel six times in ten years (twice to core members only), he wrote ''most'' of the songs himself (the ones he didn't write were generally agreed to be the group's weakest, and were generally only included on albums to make the unit seem more democratic than it was), and until 1976 he paid his band members a flat rate. Denny Laine got things fixed a little for himself after then, but still...
* On the first Music/{{Wintersun}} album, Jari Mäenpää sung (if you want to call it that) and performed every instrument except for the drums.

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* Music/{{Wings}}: Mostly PaulMcCartney.Music/PaulMcCartney. He was a core member in a band that changed personnel six times in ten years (twice to core members only), he wrote ''most'' of the songs himself (the ones he didn't write were generally agreed to be the group's weakest, and were generally only included on albums to make the unit seem more democratic than it was), and until 1976 he paid his band members a flat rate. Denny Laine got things fixed a little for himself after then, but still...
* On the first Music/{{Wintersun}} album, Jari Mäenpää sung (if you want to call it that) and performed every instrument except for the drums. The [[ScheduleSlip legendarily delayed]] ''Time I'' features performances by a whole four-man group but is still unquestionably Mäenpää's brainchild.



* [[{{Music/WoodsOfYpres}} Woods Of Ypres]] were David Gold, at least after he shifted from drumming full time to fronting the band in 2004.

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* [[{{Music/WoodsOfYpres}} Woods Of Ypres]] {{Music/Woods of Ypres were David Gold, at least after he shifted from drumming full time to fronting the band in 2004.



* When Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe and Bill Bruford, all of whom were former core members of Music/{{Yes}}, decided to reunite in the late eighties, bassist Chris Squire refused to let them use the name Yes, because he had the rights. Also, for awhile until his AuthorExistenceFailure, he was the only founding member left in the band. There are now no founding members in the band.

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* When Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe and Bill Bruford, all of whom were former core members of Music/{{Yes}}, decided to reunite in the late eighties, bassist Chris Squire refused to let them use the name Yes, because he had the rights. As a consequence, they recorded under the [[SarcasmMode incredibly imaginative]] name "Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe" (they considered using the names "No" and "The Affirmative", which would have been much better). Also, for awhile until his AuthorExistenceFailure, he was the only founding member left in the band. There are now no founding members in the band.
17th Jun '16 2:30:32 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Music/SuicideSilence was Mitch Lucker. Chris Garza became this after the former's death.
17th Jun '16 1:32:00 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Music/{{Katatonia}} is Jonas Renkse.
7th Jun '16 9:32:52 PM UltimateLazer
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* Emmure is Frankie Palmeri.

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* Emmure Music/{{Emmure}} is Frankie Palmeri.Palmeri, who remains the only original member due to conflicts with everyone else.
4th Jun '16 4:51:34 PM UltimateLazer
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* Music/IBuiltTheSky is just guitarist Rohan "Ro Han" Stevenson.
3rd Jun '16 1:04:15 AM Screwhorn77
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** Circle of Dust is also him, as well as Scandroid[[note]]originally a duo, but Varien, another member, left due to unspecified reasons[[/note]]. Frequent collaborations between Klayton's projects are somewhat a running joke among the fans.
29th May '16 1:32:53 PM UltimateLazer
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* Pretty Lights started as a duo consisting of Derek Vincent Smith and Michal Menert, but the latter left after the first album was completed. Since then, Smith has been the sole driving force of the whole project.
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