->''"The band of the nineties! If you want to call it a band, because it's a one-man name."''
-->-- '''Music/FatboySlim''', "The Rockafeller Skank"

Sometimes, casual fans of a rock band can only identify [[FaceOfTheBand one member]] by name. And sometimes, those fans are absolutely right, because that one guy ''is'' the band.

There are three ways this can happen:
# Rock music is perceived as unfriendly to solo artists: the functional unit is the rock band, with artists like Music/MeatLoaf and Music/ElvisCostello the exception rather than the rule. Singer-songwriters who want to rock will avert this by taking this trope to its LogicalExtreme and performing under a band-like moniker. You can identify this type of crypto-solo artist by these signs:
** He or she writes all the songs by themselves. All of them.
** He or she appears in all the videos and publicity photos by themselves.
** He or she either plays all the instruments on studio albums himself, or has other musicians ([[RevolvingDoorBand who are frequently replaced]]) to hold the instruments for him or her.
** Live shows require backing musicians. But they won't be listed as guest musicians in advertising for the show.
# In a LongRunner band, every member leaves, except for one. These splits can be friendly or not, they can happen all at once or over several years, but either way the one founding member who doesn't leave becomes the only [[TheConstant constant]]. Often becomes a case of RevolvingDoorBand.
# In a similar fashion to the above, a famous member of a band may leave and form a new group with several less well-known performers, thus becoming the most recognizable (and usually controlling) member of the new band almost by default.

Compare with FaceOfTheBand, SpotlightStealingTitle, OneNameOnly. Also see OneManBand, for the guys who play all their instruments simultaneously. [[IThoughtItMeant Sounds like]], but isn't, IAmTheTrope.
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!!Examples (alphabetical order, please):

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* ABC, since 1992, has been frontman and sole continual member Martin Fry accompanied by an ever-changing group of guest musicians.
* Abigail is Yasuyuki Suzuki. Same goes for Barbatos.
* Music/{{Aborted}} is Sven de Caluwe and anyone who can stick around.
* Music/TheAlanParsonsProject's only regular members were Alan Parsons (producer/sound engineer) and Eric Woolfson (songwriter), ''neither'' of whom sang or played instruments regularly (although Woolfson ''does'' sing lead on the band's biggest hit, "Eye in the Sky").
** Eric Woolfson played keyboards on a lot of their later stuff.
** Alan Parsons actually played organ, synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, recorder, and sang on ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination''.
* Alaska in Winter is Brandon Bethancourt. Fun fact: Zach Condon (solo) played trumpet and ukulele on the first record.
* Sort of confusingly, Music/AliceCooper was always the name of the band AND the lead singer. During the "band" period, they had a stable lineup who were "members of Alice Cooper", including Vince Furnier "playing" Alice. Afterwards, Alice went "solo" and has had a revolving door of musicians / collaborators who are merely "his backing band" or playing "with" Alice Cooper. The singer though, was ALWAYS supposed to be Alice Cooper.
** And as he uses the name he has to pay royalty rights to all the previous band members. He has stated that they are all very happy.
* Amethystium is Øystein Ramfjord, although this may be more of a {{Stage Name|s}}.
* Music/AnalCunt was Seth Putnam + whoever else, usually including Tim Morse.
* Music/AnimalsAsLeaders is pretty much Tosin Abasi being as he's the guy who does most of the song writing and is the only original member left.
* Music/{{Annihilator}} is Jeff Waters...has been, probably always will be.
* Music/{{Anthrax}} is Scott Ian, and to a lesser extent, Charlie Benante.
* And One is Steve Naghavi.
* Music/AphexTwin is Richard D. James.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquarium_(band) Aquarium]] went through so many lineup changes in its 35 years history, that it's now accepted fact that it is whoever Boris Grebenschikov feels like playing with at the moment.
* Music/{{Aqualung}} is basically Matt Hales, and sometimes his brother Ben.
* Music/{{Arsis}} is James Malone, though Noah Martin has been with the band on and off for quite a while.
* Assemblage 23 is Tom Shear.
* Music/{{Autopsy}} is almost entirely Chris Reifert.
* Autumns Eyes is a one-man metal band, Dan Mitchell.
* {{Aviators}} is a solo artist; the name comes from his Youtube username, "soundoftheaviators," and doesn't refer to a band.
* Music/{{Ayreon}} is Arjen Anthony Lucassen... sort of. It's more of a musical project he directs.
* Music/{{Ayria}} is Jennifer Parkin.
* Aztec Camera is centered around Scottish singer-songwriter Roddy Frame.
* Bad Boys Blue is John [=McInerny=] (after he took lead vocal duties from Trevor Taylor) and some backing vocalists.
* Music/BatForLashes is Natasha Khan.
* Music/{{Bathory}} is Quorthon (Tomas Ace Forsberg)
* Music/TheBeachBoys is Music/BrianWilson. Though be darned if Mike Love just wasn't going to let that happen. This has made Love very unpopular among many Beach Boys fans.
** Mike Love ''is'' The Beach Boys now, as he is the only original member currently in the ensemble, and has largely ruled the band with an iron fist since TheEighties.
* Barry Gibb has been the only constant member of Music/TheBeeGees since their inception. Robin temporarily left the band in 1969 to attempt a solo career, and the band nowadays is just Barry, Maurice having passed away in 2003 and Robin in 2012.
* Beirut is Zach Condon. Realpeople is Zach Condon with no one chipping in.
* Berlin was a band at one point, but when the band members drifted away, Terri Nunn held onto the name.
* Music/BlackHoleTaskForce is Creator/Jackson Boughen and no one else.
* Music/BlackSabbath, for a period in the '80s, was essentially "Tony Iommi + three".
** Tony Iommi came to essentially ''own'' the name by virtue of being the only member to never quit the band, and if he wanted to could start up Black Sabbath again with three complete newcomers. The most recent incarnation of the band was billed as "Heaven and Hell" solely for the reason that Music/RonnieJamesDio fronted it rather than Ozzy. Also, Ozzy Osbourne said that one of the reasons he wasn't very enthusiastic about making a new Sabbath album was he preferred being the boss instead of being one of four equals, which could qualify.
*** Subverted in recent years thanks to the original lineup (and *only* the original line-up) being inducted into the [=R&RHoF=] in 2006, and a later lawsuit filed by Ozzy that was settled. There are still more Sabbath studio albums without Ozzy than with him, but presumably, a band named "Black Sabbath" will only exist again if Ozzy is involved.
* Music/BlackLabelSociety was originally Zakk Wylde's solo project for when not working with Music/OzzyOsbourne. He wrote everything and performed the guitars and bass (his live band's drummer has always recorded for him) for studio recordings. After four albums, he realized he hated playing bass and felt that the bass felt empty with a guitarist playing it, so he brought his live band's bassist(s) to the studio for the next album. He still writes and records everything else himself.
* Blaze was the band that BlazeBayley formed after leaving Music/IronMaiden. After he hired a producer the rest of the band hated, they quit. Bayley has since changed the band's name to BlazeBayley due to being effectively a brand new band.
* Blood Vomit is Keith Barnard.
* Bloodsoaked is Peter Hasselbrack, former owner of Bloodsoaked Records, the label that Blood Vomit's sole album was released on.
* blowupnihilist is Andre Sanabria.
* Blue Amazon was originally a collaboration between Lee Softley and James Reid; after they split up, Softley continued producing solo under the name.
* Music/BlueStahli is Bret Autrey because he plays all instruments and does the programming.
* BonIver is Justin Vernon.
** Or was Justin Vernon. It has developed into a full band since.
* Music/BonJovi is a subversion. People often think it's Jon Bon Jovi's solo act but Tico Torres, David Bryan, and Richie Sambora have been there almost from the beginning and are fairly important members, especially Sambora.
** That may be changing with Richie Sambora's recent departure from the band.
* Bosson, a one-man OneHitWonder BoyBand, is Staffan Olson.
* Music/{{Boston}} is Tom Scholz, the main composer who plays most instruments on studio (but on stage is the lead guitarist).
* Music/BreakingBenjamin is named after the lead vocalist Benjamin Burnley. Not only he's the only original member left but as 2013 after issues with his team mates, he's the only member, this making the trope literal.
* Brian Jonestown Massacre: Anton Newcombe.
* BrightEyes is a subversion as Conor Oberst always points out interviews that Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott are also permanent members, but they're frequently ''accused'' of falling into this. In fact Oberst has done two albums billed as a solo artist specifically because those two members weren't involved.
* {{Burzum}} is Varg Vikernes. This also goes for the hundreds (if not thousands) of other BlackMetal solo projects out there.
** Other examples include Music/{{Bathory}} (on several albums including much of the best-known "Viking metal" output), Panopticon, Gnaw Their Tongues, Hellveto, Nae'blis, early Windir, [=ColdWorld=], Petrychor, Botanist, The Ruins of Beverast, Mirrorthone, Graveland, Ildjarn, Paysage d'Hiver, Leviathan/Lurker of Chalice, Xasthur, and so on. (Note that some of these bands, like Botanist and the Ruins of Beverast, have extra members for live appearances, but all the instruments and vocals on studio albums are performed by one person). One-man bands may be particularly common in BlackMetal due to the often misanthropic and solitary nature of the genre. The list could go even further if you included all the examples of bands where the main creative force works with a bunch of studio musicians (Anti and Vintersorg are two examples that are dead giveaways, since the band name and the pseudonym of the main member are identical).
* TheCamPanulas is Conan Fiori-[=McPhee=].
* Music/{{Cameo}} is Larry Blackmon.
* Music/CannibalCorpse is basically Alex Webster's band, though Paul Mazurkiewicz could be seen as his second-in-command.
* Captain Jack was Francisco Gutierrez and various female vocalists.
* Casiotone For The Painfully Alone's first two albums were, with some exceptions, just Owen Ashworth and tiny Casio keyboards.
* Castanets is Raymond Raposa.
* Cat Power is Chan Marshall.
* Music/{{Celldweller}} is Klayton due to being the guy who plays and writes all the music.
* CERUMENTRIC is Erick A. Fabian.
* Since all of Chimaira except for Mark Hunter quit, it's safe to say that he is Chimaira.
* Christian and the Hedgehog Boys is really a solo project for Christian Weston Chandler.
* With a clever pun, Music/CityAndColour is Dallas Green of Alexisonfire fame.
* Clan of Xymox is Ronny Moorings.
* Coconut Records is Jason Schwartzman.
* Cosmosis was originally a duo, but became a solo act of Bill Halsey after Jeremy van Kempen left.
* CountingCrows is Adam Duritz.
* While Coven was a proper band in its own right, its best-known song, ''One Tin Soldier'', features only one member of the group (vocalist Jinx Dawson) backed by a Warner Brothers house orchestra, and was credited to the band at her insistence. A strange choice, as [[BlackSheepHit the rest of their music]] was hard rock with overtly Satanic themes.
* CradleOfFilth is a Type 2, as [[strike: singer]] vocalist Dani Filth is the only remaining original member, although guitarist Paul Allender has been with the band off and on almost from the beginning.
* Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival: John Fogerty, to an extent.
** A horrible record deal, a lawsuit against John Fogerty by said record company for stealing from himself, and a lot of other hard feelings have kept John Fogerty and the other two surviving members of CCR from ever reuniting. John Fogerty even distanced himself from the CCR material for many years because of it.
* Music/TheCure is arguably one of these, as Robert Smith is the only member who's appeared on all the albums. Somewhat tempered by the fact that Simon Gallup's second stint with the band has lasted about 25 years now.
* {{Current 93}} is David Tibet and whomever he feels like working with at the moment, although Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound has appeared on every album so far.
* Music/TheCruxshadows = Rogue(Virgil Roger du Pont), though after he married Jessica, it might be We Are The Band.
* Darude is Ville Virtanen, occasionally collaborating with Jaako "JS 16" Salovaara.
* Music/DashboardConfessional started out as Chris Carrabba's solo project, and was nothing more than him singing and playing acoustic guitar. He later added some other musicians and turned it into a full band.
* Another aversion is Daughtry. Most people don't even realize it's not ''supposed'' to be a solo act, though we're pretty sure Chris Daughtry doesn't mind people thinking that.
* Days of the New is Travis Meeks.
* Death was Chuck Schuldiner--[[AuthorExistenceFailure until he died]].
* Subverted by Music/DeepPurple. Drummer Ian Paice is the only member to have stayed with the band from 1969 to the present day, though most people would cite either Ian Gillan (the second of four vocalists, now reunited with the band) or Ritchie Blackmore (no longer a member) as the FaceOfTheBand.
** Also subverted in 1980, when original vocalist Rod Evans was manipulated into joining an ensemble of unknowns billing themselves as "Deep Purple", although Evans was the only member who had ever been in DP, and his involvement with the band was very short-lived. The corporation that owned the DP name sued and won, effectively removing Evans' royalty rights on anything he ever recorded with the band.
* {{Music/Delain}} consists of keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, vocalist Charlotte Wessels, and anybody else who is willing to stick around.
* Del Amitri was Justin Currie and Iain Harvie and whoever was scratching Justin's current musical itch. Amusingly subverted because in the eyes of their fandom Del Amitri is solely Justin Currie and he continues to perform Del's songs with his solo band as "Justin Currie of Del Amitri."
* Destroyer is Dan Bejar.
* Dethklok: 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.
* Music/DexysMidnightRunners was essentially Kevin Rowland and whoever.
* The Digital Blonde(s) is Ricky Smith.
* Music/TheDillingerEscapePlan is Ben Weinman, the sole remaining founding member. Well, really they kept gradually losing and gaining members until this was the case - over their first decade of existence 8 members have left for various reasons (nine if you count Mike Patton, though he was never meant to be a permanent lead vocalist to begin with). That being said, current lead vocalist Greg Puciato and bassist Liam Wilson have both been with the band for over ten years now.
* Dim Mak is Shaune Kelley.
* DinosaurJr was J Mascis for much of the 90's.
* Dio was RonnieJamesDio (naturally).
** Somewhat argueable, as Ronnie stated in multiple interviews that he personally always saw Dio as a band rather than a solo project. The name Dio was simply chosen out of marketing concerns - Dio was already well known due to Rainbow and Sabbath so people would instantly recognize the name. That said he obviously always had main creative control and wrote most of the music and lyrics himself, but he still invited band members to participate in the creative process.
* DireStraits, when they were running, were essentially Mark Knopfler and whichever musicians he deemed to be allowed to stay in the band (he even refused to let his own brother write songs for the group). He's admitted to going back into the studio after the rest of the band had gone home and re-doing all of his brothers guitar lines without telling anyone.
* Dirty Projectors used to be Dave Longstreth and whoever could stand his insanity (12 hour practices, combining multiple musical styles into the same song). However, since Bitte Orca was released, Longstreth has finally found a band that could keep up with him, and the lineup is now more or less permanent.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disasteradio Disasteradio]] is one man and an array of synthesisers.
* Diva Destruction is Debra Fogarty, although she collaborated with Benn Ra and Severina Sol on her first album.
* The Divine Comedy: Founded by Neil Hannon, who has sometimes, but not always, been the sole member.
* DoctorSteel writes all his songs, and plays all the instruments in studio. He'd play ''live'' gigs solo, too - except for the fact that his robot band keeps malfunctioning and he has to fall back on a back-up band of live musicians.
* Don Caballero is Damon Che since all the other original members left.
* Subverted with Luke Doucet. Doucet insists that his backup band became an essential part of his songwriting process and deserves to be credited for their work, which is as may be, but no one ever talks about how The White Falcon is putting out a new album.
* D:Ream: Originally a duo of Peter Cunnah and Al Mackenzie, but Mackenzie left after their first couple of hits and it became Cunnah's solo project. Ironically, ask someone to name a member of D:Ream now and the chances are they'll say Brian Cox, who played keyboards in the live band but only appeared on one recorded track ("Star"), making Cunnah not even the most famous member of ''his own solo project''.
* Nick Rhodes is the only member of Music/DuranDuran to maintain constant membership in the group since its formation in 1978. Fourth singer Simon [=LeBon=], generally considered the FaceOfTheBand, has appeared on every official album, however.
* Music/DyingFetus is John Gallagher's band, as he's the only remaining founding member and has been for some time.
* {{Eels}}: Only E has performed on every album.
* ElectricLightOrchestra: Jeff Lynne, though Roy Wood gets some brief time in the sun when referring to their earlier material.
* Electric Six: Dick Valentine is the only constant member.
* Music/ElectricWizard: Jus Oborn is the only remaining original member.
* Music/{{Embryosia}} is Creator/JacksonBoughen and no one else.
* Brazilian band Engenheiros do Hawaii: Humberto Gessinger, at least since Carlos Maltz and Augusto Licks left.
** Also from Brazil, Ultraje a Rigor: Roger Moreira (though he's more like the FaceOfTheBand).
* The Enid: Robert John Godfrey.
* Music/{{Enigma}} is Michael Cretu (or, on the first album, "Curly MC").
* {{Evanescence}}: Amy Lee is the only remaining member of the original lineup.
* E-Type is Martin Eriksson, sometimes with either Nana Hedin or another female vocalist.
* Everclear: everyone but Art Alexakis left in 2003. Art went on with some new guys.
* Music/{{Exhumed}} is essentially Matt Harvey and whoever decides to stick around, as the band's incredibly heavy touring schedule has led to a truly staggering amount of former members.
* Exodus: Guitarist Gary Holt is the only band member that appeared in [[FaceOfTheBand every Exodus album]].
* Music/TheFaceless is, at this point, Michael Keene. While always the band's creative centre, their third album had his clean singing become a much more prominent feature, and this, coupled with his being the only remaining founding member of the band and no-one being able to remember the new growler's name, has made him one of the few frontman guitarists in a band with a dedicated singer position.
* Faith Assembly = Mark Buss.
* Music/TheFall: Mark E. Smith and a [[RevolvingDoorBand revolving door]] of other members, though some line-ups have stayed longer than others and band members are frequently given co-writing credit for songs.
-->'''Mark E. Smith''': If it's me and your granny on bongos, it's the Fall.
** Still, in the past few years he's been defending his band members, speaking how calling them hired hands or mercenaries is outrageous.
* Final Fantasy is Owen Pallett (although after the first pressing the album Heartland, he has willingly given up the name, to avoid any more confusion or legal troubles with [[FinalFantasy the ''other'' Final Fantasy]].
* A Fine Frenzy is Alison Sudol
* Firewind is guitarist Gus G. In fact, the band was created as a side-band to showcase his guitarist skills (he had already been in two other bands at the time), to the point that in its early days membership was a revolving door. It has only been recently that he chose to make Firewind his main project that the lineup became stable.
* Five For Fighting is one man, John Ondrasik. (Talk about misleading names...)
** It's actually a reference to a hockey penalty.
*** Apparently, he chose to go by Five for Fighting because he figured it would be easier to remember than his real name (Good call).
* Music/FleetwoodMac was named after drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John [=McVie=], who are the only members who were in it from start to finish. Unusually enough, however, neither of them have ''ever'' been the FaceOfTheBand, having instead been sidemen to a string of singer/songwriters (Peter Green in the early days, Bob Welch after Green and Jeremy Spencer lost their minds, Music/StevieNicks and Lindsay Buckingham at the height of their popularity, and Bekka Bramlett after Nicks quit and before she rejoined.)
* Flesh Consumed is Corey Athos.
* Music/AFlockOfSeagulls: presently Mike Score and a backing band.
* The indie rock band [[Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine Florence and the Machine]] is actually defined ''in their official bio'' as "Florence Welch and whoever is standing near her who can play an instrument". This can be anyone from former Test Icicles guitarist Devonte "Lightspeed Champion" Hynes to various members of the folk group Noah and the Whale.
* FM Attack is Shawn Ward.
* Foetus is JGThirlwell, as is Steroid Maximus and Manorexia. (Thirwell's collaborations with other musicians credit him as "Clint Ruin".)
* The first Music/FooFighters album was performed entirely (guitar, drums, bass, and vocals) by Dave Grohl, with the exception of one guitar part played by Greg Dulli on the song "X-Static". He only assembled a band after the fact.
** The second album also features Grohl's drumming, due to the band re-recording most of it without William Goldsmith.
* Since the early 2000's, Music/{{Foreigner}} has been guitarist Mick Jones and whoever else he's playing with at the time.
* Forgive Durden is Thomas Dutton after the rest of the members quit. The second album after the split, [[RaziasShadow Razia's Shadow]], is essentially Thomas Dutton featuring a guest singer on every song save one.
* FrontLineAssembly is mainly Bill Leeb, with various on-and-off members.
* Fu Manchu is Scott Hill.
* George Hrab is effectively this in his solo work if it doesn't use keyboards, and he's working on that part too.
* Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly consists of just one Sam Duckworth.
* Goldfrapp is, more or less, Alison Goldfrapp solo. Her keyboardist, Will Gregory, mostly remains in the shadows and doesn't tour or sing.
** Gregory is a vital part of the band, he just [[TheManBehindTheMan stays out of the limelight]].
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' recorded lots of comic songs, but Bill Oddie later admitted re-recording Tim's and Graeme's vocals because they couldn't sing.
* {{Gorillaz}}: The only permanent musician who isn't a cartoon character is Damon Albarn.
* Grizzly Bear started out a solo project (for Edward Droste), and became a full band after the first album was released.
* [[http://grottomatic.bandcamp.com Grottomatic]] consists solely of one man composing, recording, engineering, and producing.
* Guided by Voices was basically Robert Pollard and some frequently-changing guys.
* Music/GunsNRoses: Not originally, but now it's basically Axl Rose and whoever doesn't hate him at the time.
** Tempered somewhat by the fact that keyboardist Dizzy Reed has been in the band for 22 years, while bassist Tommy Stinson and second keyboardist Chris Pittman have each been in the band for fourteen years.
* {{GWAR}}: Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, as he's the only remaining founding member and the idea of the band was his in the first place, [[AuthorExistenceFailure until his death in 2014]]. In fact, several ''characters'' in the band have had multiple people play them.
* Music/AHawkAndAHacksaw initially consisted solely of Jeremy Barnes--he played all the instruments on the debut album. He's enlisted other musicians for help on every album since, and Heather Trost has become the band's only other permanent member.
* The HAARP Machine: Guitarist Al Mu'min wrote all the music and basically all of the lyrics on the band's debut album and is currently thought to be the only remaining member of the band, as all the other members left due to his JerkAss behaviour.
* Music/HateEternal is Erik Rutan.
* Music/{{Hawkwind}} is Dave Brock, the group's guitarist and only constant member over 40 years, though the band has been fronted by numerous notables including Arthur Brown, Ginger Baker, Creator/MichaelMoorcock, and [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy Kilmister]].
* Since the mid-1990's, Music/{{Heart}} has been Ann & Nancy Wilson and a revolving door of backing musicians, including former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.
* Music/{{Helmet}}: Page Hamilton. Bassist Henry Bogdan and drummer John Stanier were original members who stayed on board until the breakup in 1998, but Page Hamilton was the only one left for 2004 comeback album ''Size Matters'', and subsequent albums have also had completely different lineups. The song "Throwing Punches" appeared on the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' soundtrack credited to Page Hamilton, and then the exact same recording of it appeared on Helmet's ''Size Matters''.
* Helstar is Larry Barragan, though James Rivera has been around for almost the entire history of the band.
* Hizaki Grace Project was, officially, Hizaki's solo project (the band's first EP was even released under his name only), but three of the other members are lucky enough to be recognized by most VisualKei fans: vocalist Juka (for being Moi dix Mois' former singer) and, retroactively, rhythm guitarist Teru and bassist Jasmine You (because Hizaki took them with him when he went on to co-found Music/{{Versailles}}). Good luck finding anyone who knows who their drummer was, though.[[note]]His name was Mikage, by the way.[[/note]]
* [=Hole=] have had at least 15 members, the only constant is Music/CourtneyLove. (then, the co-founder said [[http://grungereport.net/?p=30 the name can't be used without him]], but Love ignored by saying it was her band)
* Music/HourOfPenance is Giulio Moschini.
* {{IAMX}} is Chris Corner, occasionally Sue Denim and a number of others.
* Icehouse is basically Iva Davies and anyone he feels like playing with at the time not named Fairlight.
* Iced Earth is an odd example. Jon Schaffer has been the sole constant member, writes almost all of the material, and has gone through more bandmembers than one can count on fingers and toes. But Matt Barlow is generally considered the definitive vocalist, and despite leaving in 2003 overwhelming fan support saw him return in 2007.
* Music/ImagineDragons is Dan Reynolds: co-songwriter, lead singer, and the only one of the founding members who still belonged to the band by the time they started achieving mainstream success.
* Music/IronAndWine is Sam Beam (and his beard).
* The only members of Music/IronMaiden that have been with the band in every incarnation, is bassist and founder Steve Harris [[LeadBassist (who composes most of the band's music as well)]], as well as double lead player Dave Murray.
* Music/JacksMannequin is basically Andrew [=McMahon=] and a backing band.
* The man in the fuzzy chapeau is still called Jamiroquai by some. For the most part, Jay Kay may as well be the band.
* Subverted by Jaron and the Long Road to Love, which is really just Jaron Lowenstein (one-half of pop duo Evan and Jaron). According to WordOfGod (as seen [[http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1642770/jaron-and-the-long-road-to-love-strike-a-nerve-with-pray-for-you.jhtml here]]), the "Long Road to Love" part doesn't refer to a musical entity, but rather where Jaron himself is in life:
-->"[I]t's really just my story. It's just about my relationships and how I'm on this long road to love. And I'm just trying to figure it out. All the songs I'm singing about right now are ones that talk about the highs and lows from my relationships."
* Jefferson Starship is Paul Kantner (the only remaining member of Jefferson Airplane); the band was forced to change its name to Starship during the period he was out of it.
* The Jesus and Mary Chain are Jim and William Reid, plus backing band and occasionally a drum machine.
* John Mayalls Blues Breakers was a whole bunch of different bunches of very famous musicians.
* JoyElectric is Ronnie Martin's stage name. Jeff Cloud was a member on a few albums; Ronnie's wife played some synths on ''Favorites at Play'', but the vast majority of JE's discography is Ronnie solo.
* Music/{{Jupiter}} is an ''inverted'' Type 3. After Music/{{Versailles}} (itself an aversion of this trope) went on hiatus and vocalist Kamijo began his solo career, the band's instrumentalists (i.e., 4/5 of the band) formed Jupiter with a new, largely unknown vocalist. The result: Jupiter is Music/{{Hizaki}}, Teru, Masashi, Yuki, and the new guy (Zin, who had previously sung in a couple of small bands under a different name).
* [=Kid606=] is Miguel de Pedro.
* Another aversion is Keane. This British rock band has had 3 out of 4 members permanent since 1997.
* Singer Kiki Dee (also known for duetting with EltonJohn) once had a short-lived band... somewhat unoriginally called The Kiki Dee Band, with whom she recorded "I've Got The Music In Me".
* KingCrimson: Guitarist Robert Fripp, arguably, as he has been the only consistent member throughout the band's [[RevolvingDoorBand dizzying array of lineup changes]] and effectively controls whenever it dissolves or reforms (frequently), though many other members are also important.
** In particular, the two members ranking for 2nd and 3rd most consistent: Drummer Music/BillBruford was with the band from 1972 through 1974, as well as from 1981 through 1984, and when they reformed briefly in the 90s. Guitarist & singer Adrian Belew has also been the effective frontman of the band (due to Fripp's near static stage presence) since the 80s incarnation.
** Since Fripp announced his retirement from music in 2012, King Crimson has potentially ended.
* Music/KingDiamond: is Music/KingDiamond, the name of the band and also the lead vocalist.
* TheKinks: Ray Davies.
** His brother and lead guitarist, Dave Davies, who wrote a couple of their songs, including "Strangers" and "Rats," has started getting more credit in recent years.
** Ray never saw himself as a front man, he expected that his younger, more extroverted brother Dave would be instead. As the band progressed, however, Ray let Dave have less and less creative input.
* While Sascha K. is the frontman of KMFDM and the only remaining constant member, fans of the older material may argue that En Esch was truly the band based on how abruptly the music changed after his departure (and how much of that old sound he carried on to his own band.)
* Klark Kent was a one-man band by [[ThePolice Stewart Copeland]] (which Dave Grohl admitted was an inspiration for the first Foo Fighters record, mentioned above).
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}} were Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider for close to 40 years, until Florian finally quit.
* KT Tunstall: Did we say that you need other musicians to play a live show? We were wrong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYEU91d8ngc a loop pedal will do just fine.]]
* Lazerhawk is Garrett Hays.
* LCDSoundsystem is James Murphy.
* Left Banke keyboardist and songwriter Michael Brown tried to pull this, releasing the single "Ivy Ivy" with some other musicians, including [[SpinalTap Michael McKean]]. The other members objected and had the record pulled.
* LemonDemon's albums are composed & performed entirely by Neil Cicierega. (Though Neil does have a regular "live band" for Lemon Demon concerts.)
* The Lemonheads: For their first few albums Evan Dando traded off vocals and songwriting with Ben Deily, but Deily left the band in 1990, and ever since they've essentially been Evan Dando and a series of different backing bands. Dando has put out a studio album under his own name as well, but it seems like this was just done because it felt a little more like a singer/songwriter album than his typical Lemonheads output.
* {{LIGHTS}} was Valerie Poxleitner, until [[ThatManIsDead she changed her legal name]] to Lights Poxleitner. She even states [[DoNotCallMePaul she doesn't like the name "Valerie"]].
** The other Lights (aka Lights DC) is Neil Dixon.
* The Lightning Seeds: Ian Broudie.
* Little Boots is Victoria Hesketh, who was previously in an actual band named Dead Disco.
* Local H: Scott Lucas.
** When the band started they had more members but when people left, they weren't replaced (until Brian St. Clair took over for Joe Daniels).
* [[http://www.loganwhitehurst.com Logan Whitehurst & The Junior Science Club]] is Logan Whitehurst and, occasionally, guests.
* {{Lorde}} is just Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor.
* Love was Arthur Lee after ''Forever Changes''.
* Music/{{Loudness}} is Music/AkiraTakasaki. He is the ''only'' member of the band to have never left, and to have maintained the band in existence even when his co-founder Music/MunetakaHiguchi was kicked out by the label (and even when, after Higuchi's later return to the band, he then died).
* Deaths and retirements have left LynyrdSkynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington as [[TheConstant the only founding member still in the band]]. A settlement with surviving relatives of the band's 1977 plane crash victims stipulates that the band must have at least two pre-1977 members in its lineup at all times in order to continue using the name. The only other current member who satisfies that requirement is Ricky Medlocke, who briefly played drums for the group in 1970 and returned as a guitarist in 1996.
* While TheMagneticFields started out as a full-fledged band, it's now essentially just Stephin Merritt. There are people who will tell you there are people in The Magnetic Fields other than Stephin Merritt. Those people are ''liars''.
** The Gothic Archies definitely is just Stephin Merritt.
* Music/{{Malukah}} plays all her own instruments, and provides her own backing vocals. Her videos actually show this off, with clips of her recording the other tracks appearing as thumbnails.
* MAP is Josh Dooley.
* MarilynManson is actually the name of the band, originally called ''Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids''. [[SarcasmMode Shockingly]], Marilyn Manson is mainly Marilyn Manson, though it could be said Twiggy Ramirez is very much a part of it as well.
** As is drummer Ginger Fish, although it's true that the band has a high turnover rate. They have had a total of 17 members in 20 years.
* Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds is, well, just Marina Diamandis. This is often gotten wrong because of the "and the Diamonds" in her stage name.
* MeatLoaf was originally the name of the band fronted by the individual who soon adopted it as his stage name.
** "Meat Loaf" was Marvin Lee Aday's nickname long before he fronted the band that gave us "Bat Out of Hell". The official name of the band was, originally, "Meat Loaf Soul", but it was marketed as "Meat Loaf". Which is one of the reasons the band split up.
* 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.
* Midnight is Jamie Walters.
* The Mighty Dub Katz was Norman Cook pre-FatboySlim.
* Ministry is Al Jourgensen and anyone he feels like working with, including LongRunner bassist Paul Barker.
* MiracleOfSound consists of Gavin Dunne, who plays guitar and imports drum sounds electronically. He did hire a couple blues musicians for [[LANoire Sweet L.A.]]. He's said that the reason he doesn't have a band is because he's a control freak, and any band with him in it wouldn't last long.
* Mirrorthrone is Vladimir Cochet. So is Weeping Birth. And Unholy Matrimony.
* {{Miyavi}} programmed the drums and bass in his early albums, recorded himself singing and playing guitar, then layered the tracks.
* Moi dix Mois could be considered just Mana. With good reason really, as it is best described as his 'solo project', and he writes all the music.
* Music/TheMisfits were Glenn Danzig, until he quit the band. Now Danzig is Glenn Danzig.
** And now the Misfits are Jerry Only. Who, in retrospect, picked a pretty appropriate stage name.
** On at least one tour the band contained more members of Black Flag than The Misfits. They were a 3 piece at the time.
* The Motels is/was Martha Davis and various "male members" who passed through.
* Midnight Resistance is Nicolay Frank.
* Music/{{Motorhead}} is Lemmy Kilmister.
* Averted by Bob Mould...but the aversion is played for laughs in the liner notes of his third album "Bob Mould," where we are informed that "Bob Mould is Bob Mould."
* TheMountainGoats is John Darnielle.
* Mungo Jerry is essentially Ray Dorset.
* MyBrightestDiamond is Shara Worden.
* Music/MyBloodyValentine was mostly Kevin Shields for ''Loveless'', with Bilinda Butcher doing the vocals.
* Nebula is Eddie Glass.
* Nena is both the stage name of a well-known German singer (best known for "99 Luftballons/99 Red Balloons"), and her band.
* NeutralMilkHotel is Jeff Mangum featuring whoever else happened to be there at the time.
* NewRadicals released only one album, in which only singer/guitarist/songwriter Gregg Alexander appears on every track. Some of the studio musicians do more than one song, but not too many more than one (with the exception of Danielle Brisebois, the keyboardist and only other vocalist). The title track "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too" actually has Alexander as the ''only'' musician, playing everything and Alexander himself often defined the band as himself, Brisebois and a rotating lineup.
* Music/{{Nightwish}} - Tarja Turunen began to think of herself as the band and above the band and said so in interviews. The rest of the band then fired her for this attitude. The most likely candidate for the ''actual'' face of the ban is the main songwriter and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen who gets most of the fan attention.
* Music/{{Nile}} has more or less always been Karl Sanders' band.
* Music/NineInchNails, when playing live, is a RevolvingDoorBand anchored by Trent Reznor. In the studio, Nine Inch Nails ''is'' Trent Reznor, and it even says so in the liner notes for ''Pretty Hate Machine''. This is because it is Trent Reznor, ''by himself''.
* Music/{{Oasis}} is Noel Gallagher. He even made the other players promise to only play his music and do everything he told them to.
** This was mostly a result of Noel having a huge back catalogue of what the band considered great songs when he joined in 1991, therefore Liam, Tony, Guigsy and Bonehead were more than happy to let Noel lead them.
** That had relaxed a bit over the years, as Noel had let his bandmates write some of the songs and have some control over the band's musical direction.
** After Noel's announcement of leaving the band, the immediate reaction was to declare Oasis as having "split up", thus proving this trope. The remaining members [[TheBandMinusTheFace renamed the group Beady Eye.]] Noel, in response, went the StartMyOwn route with the High Flying Birds.
* Odyssey & the DNA Team is Travis Stebbins. He also has several other names he uses.
** The DNA Team is actually fictitious, making him LITERALLY the entire band.
* Oh Land is Nanna Øland Fabricius.
* Ohgr is Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) from Skinny Puppy (if you don't count Mark Walk).
* Omni Trio is Rob Haigh.
* Onelinedrawing: Jonah Matranga, who decided to just use his own name after 2004.
* Music/{{Origin}} is Paul Ryan's band, though Mike Flores shares roughly equal songwriting duties with him.
* OwlCity is Adam Young and a computer (though he occasionally invites guest musicians or plays instrument parts himself).
* Pedro the Lion: Dave Bazan (who eventually gave up trying to get a steady band and just started recording under his own name).
* Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Simon Jeffes.
* The only permanent member of Pigface is drummer Martin Atkins, with an absolutely ''massive'' number of studio musicians going in and out since its formation.
* Pere Ubu's lead singer David Thomas is the only one to have been continually performing since the band started in '75, outlasting numerous other performers. In fact, so many different performers were with the group, you can find an exhausting account for who was in the band and when on their website.
* Music/PinkFloyd was at first dominated by Syd Barrett, who was the lead vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter, before his mental health deteriorated and was eventually sacked. Later, the band was also dominated by Roger Waters, the lead vocalist and bassist who wrote almost all of ''Music/TheWall'' and all of ''The Final Cut''. Ultimately averted when Waters left and [[TheBandMinusTheFace the band kept going]] (but with David Gilmour taking the leading role).
** Nick Mason was the only one to be "officially" in the band for all the albums. Waters quit in 1985, Barrett left in early 1968, Gilmour joined the band in early 1968, and keyboardist Richard Wright was fired by Waters in 1979 during the recording of ''The Wall'' (but allowed to play in its ensuing tour) before being rehired by Gilmour after Waters quit.
* Music/ThePixies frontman and songwriter, Black Francis, embodied this trope throughout the band's original run. Bassist Kim Deal believed herself to also have artistic merit and wanted to have more involvement in the songwriting, but since Francis believed that [[IAmTheBand it was his band]], he ended up boxing her out for the most part. Aside from Deal's song "Gigantic" on ''Surfer Rosa'', and the co-written "Silver" off of ''Doolittle'', Black Francis wrote all of the band's songs. Feeling creatively stifled, [[StartMyOwn Deal formed her own band]], Music/TheBreeders, in 1988 -- five years before the Pixies officially broke up, due to [[CreativeDifferences the tensions between her and Francis]].
* Plastic Ono Band was JohnLennon and Yoko Ono and whatever musicians he happened to have around him at the time. Now, however, the band tours with Sean Lennon and Yoko.
* Music/{{Plumb}} was originally an actual band, but after the band broke up Tiffany Lee kept it as her stage name.
* Music/{{Poe}} is Annie Danielewski.
* {{Prince}}.
* ProcolHarum is Gary Brooker and a cast of rotating musicians.
* Music/PorcupineTree started out as Steven Wilson's solo project, with him singing, writing the songs, and playing nearly every instrument, but he eventually hired other musicians to play bass, drums and keyboards (he sings and plays guitar now), and the other guys have been contributing to the songwriting recently.
* Music/PrefabSprout has only one ''de facto'' member by now: Singer and songwriter Paddy [=McAloon=]. The only reason why he didn't put the Sprout name on his solo album ''I Trawl The Megahertz'' was that it was too experimental.
** [=McAloon=] himself still seems to consider it a full four-piece band, albeit one whose members haven't actually played together for the best part of twenty years.
* The Pretenders are Chrissie Hynde and whoever she's currently playing with.
* Music/TheProdigy is basically Liam Howlett with a lot of gear and some screaming dancers.
* Putrid Pile is Shaun [=LaCanne=] plus some hired hands for live shows.
* Pyrexia is Chris Basile.
* Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge is Josh Homme + the other 20 or so people who have come and gone in the past 10 years. Oh, and didn't Dave Grohl play drums for that band during a record?
* Music/{{Rage}} is vocalist/bassist Peter "Peavy" Wagner and whoever else is in the band at the time. On two separate occasions, the ''entire band'', with the exception of Peavy, quit, forcing Peavy to hire a new band.
* Music/{{Rainbow}} is Ritchie Blackmore plus whoever else he feels like touring with at the moment. Notably, the group's original lineup included [[Music/BlackSabbath Ronnie James Dio]], meaning that it also counts as an example of TheBandMinusTheFace.
* Music/{{Rasputina}} is Melora Creager and anyone with a penchant for Victorian undergarments who can play cello.
* Razorlight is Johnny Borrell; he is now the only surviving original member.
* The Ready Set is Jordan Witzigreuter.
* Reggie & The Full Effect is James Dewees of Coalesce and Get-Up Kids fame, doing synth-pop with his various buddies in music.
* Music/TheReplacements were basically Paul Westerberg's backing band for the last few years. In fact, their last album, All Shook Down, was originally intended to be a Paul Westerberg solo release.
* Rings of Saturn is Lucas Mann.
* Music/{{Santana}} is a rotating group of musicians who perform alongside namesake guitarist Carlos Santana, the fact that Carlos Santana never ''ever'' does lead vocals being the sole fact that makes it a group in its own right rather than just being his backing group. Despite not having ''any'' members in common besides Carlos, the Santana that recorded ''Black Magic Woman'' in 1970, with Gregg Rolie on lead vocals, is the same band that recorded ''Smooth'' in 1999 with lead vocals by Rob Thomas.
* savage genius is actually the vocalist ''Aa'' only, after ''Takumi'' left the band at finals of the year 2007.
* Music/SayAnything is made up of Max Bemis and whoever is around that can play an instrument. Though he does have a drummer, Coby Linder who has been there since the band formed, he writes and records about 80% of the music himself, and the band would essentially fall apart without him.
* Say Hi (formerly Say Hi to Your Mom) is Eric Elbogen.
* Music/{{Scooter}} vocalist H.P. Baxxter has been this trope for a while, despite Rick J. Jordan handling the instrumental tracks, but it became a reality when Rick left the group in 2013. The reason Rick left was that H.P. was no longer interested in Rick's musical ideas and only wanted to make entirely commercial music.
* Music/{{Scorpions}} guitarist Rudolf Schenker founded the band in 1965 and is the only person who has been in it from start to finish, although singer/FaceOfTheBand Klaus Meine joined him early on and has also performed on all of the group's studio albums, the only two members to do so.
* Music/ScrittiPolitti is Green Gartside - he carried the name on after the original post-punk lineup disbanded to collaborate with musicians David Gamson and Fred Maher on the albums 'Cupid & Psyche 85' and 'Provision', but from 1991 onwards it's been him plus whoever he's interested in writing and recording with.
* SeaWolf is Alex Brown Church and whoever's doing the other instruments at the time.
* Self is Matt Mahaffey - he provides most of the instrumentation on studio albums, and the band name may have even been a deliberate LampshadeHanging on this. However, there's a mostly consistent "touring band" lineup, and whenever there ''are'' additional musicians on albums, they tend to be members of said touring band.
* Shakespear's Sister ''is'' Siobhan Fahey (formerly of Music/{{Bananarama}}), despite the fact that their biggest hit, "Stay", featured Marcella Detroit as the lead singer for that song.
* Shaman (the Finnish band) was just Jonne Järvelä and backing musicians. When they evolved into Music/{{Korpiklaani}}, the roster stabilized.
* Played straight and subverted in {{Showbread}}. Josh Dies, the lead singer and songwriter writes 100% of the music and lyrics and COULD record every instrument on every album by himself... but chooses not to. However, with as many line-up changes and member replacements as Showbread has had, it's still Showbread as long as Josh Dies doesn't decide to hang his hat. His side band DIES is just him, and has no modesty about it.
* Music/SimpleMinds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and whichever other members they have at the time. Mel Gaynor played on their albums from 1982-1991, as well as 1998's Neapolis. He returned in 2005 for Black And White 050505 where he has remained since. Humorously, Jim Kerr's solo project Lostboy AKA shares 3 members with Simple Minds, as well as their producer.It has been joked that Jim formed Lostboy so he could get away from Charlie.
* Simply Red is Mick Hucknall, lead singer, band namesake and only constant member. He explained, "This is a solo career and it always has been... I just don't like the name Mick Hucknall very much."
* Music/{{Sirenia}} is Morten Veland. He writes all of their songs and lyrics and plays most of the instruments on their studio recordings. Even the URL for their official website is under Veland's name. Current singer Ailyn (who joined in 2008) is the first lead vocalist in Sirenia's 10+ year history to sing on more than one album. She's also the only band member who records with Veland in the studio, presumably because female vocals are the one thing he can't do himself. The rest of the band (which has been a revolving door except for drummer Jonathan Perez) only plays on tour.
* Sister Machine Gun is Chris Randall and nearly a completely different lineup on every album, and possibly a different lineup on the subsequent tour as well.
* The only permanent members of TheSistersOfMercy are Andrew Eldritch and Doktor Avalanche; the latter is a drum machine.
* Music/ShorthandPhonetics is Ababil Ashari.
* Music/SixFeetUnder is basically Chris Barnes' band. To prove it, if you look in the liner notes of the band's two latest albums, ''Undead'' and ''Unborn'', and then the liner notes of their ''first'' two albums, ''Haunted'' and ''Warpath'', Barnes is the only member of the "band" left from the original lineup.
* Music/{{Skillet}}: John Cooper is the only original member remaining. However, this is a subversion--while he's certainly the main songwriter, the rest of the band has input, and while the band has gone through several members the contribution of all of them is pretty notable. (Particularly Korey Cooper, John's wife, who's been with the band in some capacity for ''almost'' as long as John and has written and sung on some of them.)
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins: Billy Corgan, and whoever is willing to put up with him for his next project.
** Fun fact: Billy Corgan's solo album featured more original members of the Smashing Pumpkins than are currently in the band.
* Skyla Vertex = Gordon Popp.
* SMP (Sounds of Mass Production) is Jason Bazinet and whatever backing musicians he decides to work with.
* Solar Fields is Magnus Birgersson.
* Sonic Mayhem is Sascha Dikiciyan.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Ballet Soul Ballet]] is Rick "R.K." Kelly.
* For the first few years of their existence, ChrisCornell ''was'' {{Soundgarden}}. Despite later being known for both Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron's distinct performing styles, the vast majority of their material during TheEighties was written entirely by Cornell, and the rare exceptions were generally considered filler. Things changed a bit in TheNineties, when Ben Shephard replaced original bassist [[ThePeteBest Hiro Yamamoto]] and offered noticeably more input than his predecessor, along with the other members beginning to make writing contributions as well.
* {{Sound Horizon}} is Revo.
* {{Sparklehorse}} [[AuthorExistenceFailure was]] just Mark Linkous and his dreams.
* {{Sparks}} is brothers Ron and Russell Mael, plus drummer and guitarists as required.
* The Spencer Davis Group were not, contrary to what the name would suggest, led by Spencer Davis, who was merely their founder. Bass player Muff Winwood suggested they name the band after the highly articulate Davis so "he could do the interviews, and the rest of us could stay in bed." Muff's brother Steve, on the other hand, played lead guitar, sang lead vocals, wrote most of their original material and became the band's most famous face.
* {{Spiritualized}} is pretty much Jason Pierce - he writes and composes and sings every song and is the only constant band member.
* {{Starflyer 59}} is Jason Martin, plus a revolving cast of backing musicians. (While he writes all the songs himself, Jason does allow the rest of the band on any particular album plenty of input on the arrangements and recording of the songs.) And for the sophomore album ''Gold'', Jason came darn close to recording the entire thing by himself.
* Static-X, an IndustrialMetal band, was named after its lead vocalist/guitarist Wayne Static. The band itself was mostly a RevolvingDoorBand, with Static and bassist Tony Campos as the only consistent members. So much so that, when the band broke up in 2013 due to a dispute with Campos using the Static-X name for live shows not involving Wayne, Wayne Static decided to just use his backup band from his solo material as "Static-X" for live performances before deciding to retire the band name entirely and just keep up his solo career.
* [[{{Music/StVincent}} St. Vincent]] is Annie Clark.
* Music/SteelyDan is Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, and some other guys who change from album to album. Their late engineer Roger Nichols was involved with every album, and was considered their unseen third member. The band's original guitarist Denny Dias was involved in all their 70s albums as well, on the first three as a band member and on the rest as a session guitarist.
* Mark [=McGrath=] and the rest of Sugar Ray.
* Suicide Commando is Johan van Roy.
* {{Supertramp}} were essentially Roger Hodgson, Rick Davies and whoever they wanted to work with (though they had a LongRunnerLineup in their heyday). Since Hodgson left in 1983, Davies has taken over the band entirely.
* Swans were basically Michael Gira, and later Jarboe. And with the reunion now, it's just Michael Gira again.
* System F was Ferry Corsten, until he started using his real name. Prior to those, Moonman was his primary solo moniker.
* While they have had a few stable group lineups, most notably in the 1970s and 1990s, Tangerine Dream is essentially Edgar Froese and a revolving door of musicians who have worked with him over the years. Taken to its logical extreme in 2007 when for the first time Froese began releasing albums under the Tangerine Dream name that were composed and recorded by him alone.
* Talla 2XLC is Andreas Tomalla, with various co-producers over the years.
* In a variant, Team Shanghai Alice is just one person, who also goes by the name [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} ZUN]]. He does compose all the music for the games, though.
* Music/TheTemptations are Otis Williams (the sole constant) and 4 other guys.
* The The is just Matt Johnson who writes all the songs, co-produces each album and plays the majority of the instruments on each song.
* 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.
* {{Tiamat}} is pretty much this now, as Johan Edlund has been the only constant ([[FaceOfTheBand and most recognizable member]]) and is overall responsible for writing both the music and lyrics.
* Non rock/pop example: HerbAlpert's Tijuana Brass was this at first. It became necessary to put together an actual band when it came time to do his/their first live performance.
* Those Poor Bastards is Lonesome Wyatt.
* {{TNT}}: Guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø is the only founding member who has been in the band for their entire run.
* 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.
* Music/TomMilsom: He plays over 30 instruments, and if you hear something on one of his albums/EPs, there's a 99% chance he was the one playing it. When he plays live/without a loop pedal he usually uses Creator/AlexDay or Eddplant.
* Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is Orlando Higginbottom
* Music/ToxicHolocaust is Joel Grind. It was also a one-man project from 2001 to 2008.
* The Tractors was, after their first album, Steve Ripley and anyone who wanted to play.
* Tubeway Army was so closely associated with singer Music/GaryNuman that when he started releasing music under his own name instead, using former members of Tubeway Army as his backing band, no-one really noticed.
* Tyrannosaurus / T. Rex: Music/MarcBolan.
* TwistedSister: Dee Snider (although the band was started by the guitarist)
* Unheilig, though it originally had more members, now consists mainly of Der Graf and two live musicians.
* Unhuman is Youri Raymond.
* Vicious Rumors is Geoff Thorpe.
* VioletUK is Music/YoshikiHayashi.
* Music/{{WASP}}: Blackie Lawless.
* Music/{{Wedlock}}: Paul Allgood is essentially the most visible figure of the outfit; with a definite RevolvingDoorBand feel.
* Although some members are pretty well known on their own, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter were the Weather Report's only permanent members.
* Music/{{Whitesnake}} changed its name from the David Coverdale Band early on, but Coverdale remains the only permanent member. [[RevolvingDoorBand Most other members appear for only one or two albums.]]
* White Town's sole member is Jyoti Mishra.
* A of 2012, the only constant member of Music/TheWiggles is Anthony Field (the blue one).
* Every member of the Wildhearts except for frontman Ginger has left the band, or been kicked out, at least once. (Though the band have split up, possibly for good, with the departure of the last bass player.)
* 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.
* [[http://www.wormquartet.com Worm Quartet]]. And about live performances, you can do wonders with pre-recorded synths.
* [[{{Music/WoodsOfYpres}} Woods Of Ypres]] were David Gold, at least after he shifted from drumming full time to fronting the band in 2004.
* WovenHand was initially David Eugene Edwards playing completely solo. After the first album, he started accumulating a full band, but its roster is somewhat unstable, with drummer Ordy Garrison sticking around longer than anyone else.
* Though it's plainly impossible to imagine the band without [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]]'s characteristic voice (and hair), and [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]]'s death sent him into years-long CreatorBreakdown, it's equally hard to deny that Music/XJapan is first and foremost [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]]. He writes most of the band's songs and music, he's both the drummer and the keyboardist, he produces and arranges all their material by himself in his own personal studio, and he was responsible for their reunion in 2007.
* When Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe and Bill Bruford, all of whom were former core members of {{Yes}}, decided to reunite in the late eighties, bassist Chris Squire refused to let them use the name Yes, because he had the rights.
* ZARD was Izumi Sakai, after their other members left the band after the release of the single ''Makenaide''... in the year 1993. It's a shame that she [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]] in 2007...
* Curt Kirkwood pulled this for a couple of years with Music/MeatPuppets: For the albums ''Golden Lies'' and ''Live'' he was the only original member of the band. To be fair, this was ExecutiveMeddling of sorts - this lineup had been playing as Royal Neanderthal Orchestra previously, but he couldn't get a label to release their album without it being under the Meat Puppets name. More recently they've been back to two-thirds of the original lineup: Curt's brother Cris Kirkwood is back on bass, but original drummer Derrick Bostrom is absent because he has no interest in playing in a touring band anymore.
* Synthpunk band Atom and His Package consists of guitarist/vocalist Adam "Atom" Goren. The Package is his synthesizer/sequencer combo or sometimes just a tape player that plays all the keyboard and drum machine tracks.
* Although it wasn't originally the case, Music/RedHousePainters' fifth album, ''Songs For A Blue Guitar'' gave Mark Kozelek this image.
* 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''.
* Music/SteveTaylor always performed under his own name, since the other musicians with him changed so frequently. The credits to some of his albums have over a dozen musicians on them.
* Zombie Nation is Florian Senfter.
* The first Rogue Wave album had Zach Rogue playing everything except drums, which were played by Pat Spurgeon. Shortly after, they became more of a full-band proposition, but there have been enough lineup changes over the years that Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon can be considered the core of the band.
* VernianProcess was just Joshua A. Pfeiffer until 2008; now there are six permanent members. So somewhat subverted.
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* Liam says this about Driveshaft in one of Charlie's flashbacks on ''{{Lost}}''. Note [[{{Oasis}} the name]].
* Klavier Gavin obviously is this for The Gavinners in ''Franchise/AceAttorney''. Not only is the band ''named'' after him, he's also the only member [[spoiler: except for the one who ends up in jail halfway through the game to ever even be ''named'' or ''appear on-screen''. And when Gavin, it promptly disbandes]].
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