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  • Played with by The Rolling Stones. While Mick Jagger is certainly the band's frontman and the first one you think of, Brian Jones and Keith Richards is pretty well-known even to the most casual Stones fans (the former mainly for dying at 27).
    • The other two current members, however, suffer from this (even though the drummer is the same since just after the band started).
    • Drummer Charlie Watts has practically hung a lampshade on this trope in interview: he's pointed out that, for all that Mick 'n' Keef may still occasionally war over prominence and the direction each feels 'his' band should go in, at the end of the day Charlie isn't worried since he knows the truth of the situation. It's his band, as he demonstrated to Mick on one memorable occasion with a "Hey, You!" Haymaker - "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my fucking singer!"
  • Henry Rollins is perhaps the most recognizable member of Black Flag, despite being the fourth person to sing in the band.
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    • The second most recognizable is Kira Roessler, because being a woman in a punk band helped her stand out. Rarely do people remember Greg Ginn, who wrote all their songs.
    • Rollins has answered the question of the fluid lineup of Rollins Band, as each new album seemed to bring a change of personnel. His answer was "I am Rollins. These are the band. Rollins Band."
  • Similarly, Queens of the Stone Age = Josh Homme. Occasionally, someone will mention Nick Oliveri, usually in the context of They Changed It, Now It Sucks!.
    • Or in the context of "bassist who ocasionally plays naked".
    • In the same way, Kyuss is "Josh Homme before he was famous", even though he didn't sing in that band.
    • Some people see QOTSA as "that band Dave Grohl drums in occasionally".
      • Others see them as "that band Mark Lanegan was in for a time."
  • The Who averts this for the most part, as all the members are legendary, but ironically, the person who is forgotten the most is Roger Daltrey (the singer)! When it's not John Entwistle. The one member who comes closest to this trope is Keith Moon, and even then that's only because he was the first to die.
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  • Ian Anderson in Jethro Tull — so much so that many people think that Anderson's name is Jethro Tull.
  • Jim Morrison was The Doors, but deeply resented this implication; the one time his band was introduced as "Jim Morrison and The Doors", he refused to go on stage. Unfortunately, the rest of the band didn't know he was The Doors and tried to continue after he died...
  • The Wallflowers is Bob Dylan's son, Jakob Dylan, and a bunch of guys that played other instruments. Jakob got so much attention, that it eventually led to many of the band members dropping out due to wanting to get fame somewhere else. Jakob has also become a Reclusive Artist in hopes of dodging the comparisons to his father.
    • Which is ironic, considering that's exactly what dad did after his famous motorcycle crash in 1966.
    • A few only know Rami Jaffee because he is now the keyboardist for Foo Fighters.
  • Evanescence is Amy Lee and some other people who nobody else bothers to notice. Ben Moody only got known after he legged it. Maria Brink of In This Moment once referred to Amy Lee as "Evanescence" in an interview. As a band Face herself, you'd think she would have known better.
  • Eric Clapton actively tried to avoid this trope at one point with the group Derek and the Dominoes. It didn't work; about five seconds into "Layla," people said, "Hey, that sounds like Eric Clapton!" and the sought-after anonymity disintegrated.
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    • Cream is known to most people as "Eric Clapton and some other guys" (sometimes "Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and the other guy"). Clapton wasn't even the singer (neither was Baker - it was "the other guy", Jack Bruce).
  • The Stooges minus Iggy Pop (and maybe Mike Watt too). It does not exactly help either that Iggy's solo material has become more popular than The Stooges.
  • The other two who weren't Frank Black and Kim Deal in The Pixies.
  • The Cure is Robert Smith and a bunch of other people.
    • Longtime fans can spot bassist Simon Gallup (who's been in the band since 1979 with the exception of a small period in the mid-80's) and founding member Porl Thompson (who's been in and out of the band about a half dozen times since the band formed); but anyone else - much less anyone who drummed for the band - draws a complete blank.
    • Lol Tolhurst, who was also a co-founder of the band, has recently gained prominence among the former members for his very active social media presence, well-received autobiography and his newly repaired friendship with Smith. As a result, he's become the band's best known drummer, despite them having had two others who have manned the kit for much longer than he did, but whose names are not nearly as well known to casual fans..
  • Depending on who you ask, Pink Floyd is: Syd Barrett and three other guys; David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and two other guys; or David Gilmour and two other guys, following Waters' departure in 1985. Nobody ever seems to remember Richard Wright or Nick Mason. (Nick Mason is the only member of the band to be in the group continuously since its founding and played on every album. His songwriting contribution has always been minimal, though many of the band's trademark sound effects have been his ideas and he wrote Inside Out, the definitive official biography of the band.)
    • Roger Waters increasingly regarded himself very much as the Face. The Final Cut even has "By Roger Waters, performed by Pink Floyd: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters" on the back cover of the album. Wright was fired from the band at this point. After Waters left, so (he thought) bringing an end to the band, he was a little shocked when the others fought him for the name in the courts. And won. And carried on quite blithely without him, hardly missing their former 'leader' at all as it turned out.
  • Nobody remembers who was in Alice in Chains besides Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley.
    • And now that Layne's dead, it's Jerry Cantrell, that dude with the afro who replaced Layne and who nobody likes, and uh... two other guys.
    • Mike Starr, the original bassist, has gotten some recognision after appearing Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab and passing away on March 2011.
  • INXS was Michael Hutchence and some other guys. Now they're that guy who won on that reality show and the same other guys, until the other guys dropped him. And most of them are brothers!
  • Don't know the rest of the members of Papa Roach? Don't worry. If you know just Jacoby Shaddix, you're fine.
  • Body Count is Ice-T and his band, though he gives shout-outs to them. The band's guitarist, Ernie C, gets slightly more recognition than the other unknown members of the band.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins are Billy Corgan and... some dudes. Also, sometimes a chick.
    • Sadly, it took a tragic heroin overdose (of a guy who wasn't even a permanent member of the band) for many non-fans to learn who the individual members were.
    • The Asian guy who often looked like a chick!
    • The dudes-and-sometimes-a-chick claim that the drummer is the only other important member. Now, if only we could remember his name...
  • Several bands in The ’50s and The '60s were practically named based on this trope following a formulaic "Lead Singer and The Band" (or more the egotistical "Lead Singer and His Band") setup. One of the more famous examples would be Bill Haley and His Comets.
  • KISS = Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. (The other two are only known for their makeup: Cat Man and Space Ace)
    • This has a lot to do with Simmons and Stanley having a boss-employee relationship with the other band members. And Big Gene is not shy about firing people. Legally, KISS is just Simmons & Stanley - Peter Criss went broke years ago and had to sell his share of the band (to Gene & Paul). Ace Frehley followed in Peter's footsteps years later. The end result is that KISS is Gene & Paul plus whoever they decide to use on an album and put in the makeup made famous by Ace & Peter.
    • This may be zigzagged in their case. You might as well know Paul, Gene, Ace and Peter. But you might as well think Tommy Thayer is Ace and Eric Singer is Peter (never mind that, even with the makeup on, there are still a few subtle differences, like Tommy having a darker hair shade than Ace).
  • U2 consists of Bono, The Edge, and two guys who clearly aren't important because they don't have nicknames. (Even though the drummer started the band...)
  • Dire Straits is... um... um... Mark Knopfler. And some guys. And sometimes one of 'em was his brother.
  • HIM is Ville Valo and... some guys. Some people simply assume HIM even being a reference to Valo himself. Even most of the fanbase can only name the other four members by their nickname. This may be because if you're not Finnish, well, good luck.
    • The other members of HIM have gone on record saying they prefer Valo getting all the attention as this leaves them free to concentrate on the music.
      • Linde, the band's guitarist, could get a pass for his side project and/or alter-ego called Daniel Lioneye. That and more notably for being briefly engaged to Tony Iommi's daughter.
  • Once averted by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, somewhat. However, this is often played straight nowadays by people who only recognize "All Along the Watchtower" and "Purple Haze".
  • Bush is Gavin Rossdale and some guys.
  • Santana. Wait, it was the name of a band?!
    • They had no permanent lead singer. Considering how Carlos Santana spent a couple of albums trying to get everyone he could to sing for him...
    • That happens often when you have a guitarist who doesn't play instrumental rock, but doesn't sing in his records. This tends to happen to Ted Nugent and Yngwie Malmsteen too (seriously, Yngwie aside, do you non-metalhead know any other members of YJM's Rising Force?).
  • Name one guy from Styx that isn't Dennis DeYoung. We'll wait.
    • Tommy Shaw sang lead on a number of their hits ("Blue Collar Man", "Renegade", "Too Much Time On My Hands"). And while Chuck Panozzo and James Young both were active in the band's heyday and remain so now, Shaw seems to have become the Face of the Band.
  • Good Charlotte is Joel and Benji Madden. Even the TRL finale referred to them as Good Charlotte. Never mind that their other guitarist/keyboardist and bassist have been with the band since the beginning, and they have been through no less than three drummers.
  • Try naming a Velvet Underground member other than Lou Reed...just try. Also Andy Warhol was not a member despite what people will tell you. And don't be a smartass guessing Nico.
    • Well, there's John Cale and Maureen Tucker (the latter one being a subversion of the Token Female being a standout).
    • A fun litmus test: if someone says "Sterling Morrison" or "Doug Yule", they're probably a hardcore fan. (And if they can name Angus Maclise they have a real life Moment of Awesome.)
  • The Clash was Joe Strummer and Mick Jones... and the bassist and drummer.
    • Paul Simonon (who even illustrates our page on Rockers Smash Guitars) was the one the groupies always went to first, much to Mick's irritation...and the drummer Topper Headon deserves some credit, he could drum anything and do it incredibly fast without breaking a sweat. They didn't call him 'the Human Drum Machine' for nothing.
  • Rage Against the Machine was Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello and a couple of other dudes. Usual bassist/drummer anonymity, there.
    • The bassist (Tim Commerford) gets a pseudonym on Evil Empire and Battle of Los Angeles. He's perhaps best known for climbing a scaffolding at an MTV awards show in the late 90's.
    • De la Rocha was so associated with the band that when he left, and the rest of the band replaced him with Chris Cornell, they changed the name to Audioslave. It probably also had something to do with the fact they stopped being political in their music videos...
  • When most people think of the Jefferson Airplane, they think of Grace Slick, never mind that it was very much a group of six extraordinary songwriters and musicians. Airplane co-founder Marty Balin, needless to say, wasn't too happy when Grace and other band members stole his thunder.
  • Journey could have been called The Steve Perry Project. And more recently, The Guy Who Replaced Steve Perry Project.
    • Actually very accurate, as Steve Perry was introduced to the band through Executive Meddling designed to give a commercial direction to a nondescript jam band. Up to that point, Journey's most recognizable members were a couple of guys who used to be in Santana. See above entry on Santana.
    • Except it's not accurate, as "the guy who replaced Steve Perry", in the minds of fans, is Arnel Pineda, who isn't the guy who replaced Steve Perry. He's the guy who replaced Jeff Scott Soto. And Jeff Scott Soto also isn't the guy who replaced Steve Perry. He's the guy who replaced Steve Augeri, who is the guy who replaced Steve Perry. While fans can be forgiven for not knowing about Soto, who never recorded with them and was only there for a year, Augeri was there for over 8 years and recorded three albums with them: Arrival, Red 13 and Generations. Pineda, comparatively, has been there for about a decade and has made only one recording with them so far, but he's the guy that was recruited from a Journey cover band and who was specifically chosen because he sounded like Perry, so in the minds of the public he's become Perry's replacement.
  • REO Speedwagon = Kevin Cronin and... the rest.
  • Queen: Brian May and Roger Taylor are reasonably well-known (the former has frequent guest appearances with other bands), but not nearly as much as their iconic front man Freddie Mercury. The bassist John Deacon, on the other hand, retired from music and is mostly forgotten.
  • Dinosaur Jr. is J. Mascis and that guy he hit over the head with his bass once.
    • And Sebadoh is Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. (the aforementioned guy who was hit in the head with a bass) and some other people.
  • Sonic Youth is an inversion—big time. All four members (Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Renaldo, and Steve Shelley) have been involved with dozens of side projects, in some cases forming their own record labels and clothing lines).
  • Flyleaf had Lacey Mosley and... the Asian guitarist guy, that freaky dude with the long hair, and the other two. Now that Lacey left, the new singer is the Face.
  • Can you list a member of Blur that isn't Damon Albarn?
    • Graham Coxon has some successful solo work, Alex James hangs around a lot of side projects (usually with Keith Allen), and... well, there's four people on the cover of Best Of, so there must be somebody else...
  • The Band is a really unusual example. They started out emphasizing themselves as a unit, going so far as to credit their debut single under the individual members' names, and choosing a famously generic group name. This worked out well since they had three different vocalists and the songwriting was split fairly evenly between singer/keyboardist Richard Manuel and non-singer/guitarist Robbie Robertson. Eventually, Robertson became the main songwriter and also, as the most articulate member, became their spokesman in interviews. Since he was regarded as a great songwriter, more and more Robertson became the Face Of The Band even though he only sang lead on a handful of songs. As you can imagine, this became a source of tension that only increased after they broke up.
    • To the extent that you can open Levon Helm's autobiography to any random page and find a vicious Take That! to Robertson.
    • Watch The Last Waltz, the Martin Scorsese-directed rockumentary about The Band's star-studded "farewell" concert in 1976, to see the extent to which Robertson had embraced and cultivated the frontman role toward the end.
    • The real Face Of The Band (heh heh) is not even properly a member of The Band: it's Bob Dylan. They wouldn't have been called "The Band" if their stint backing him hadn't led to everyone around him just calling them "the band." They were The Hawks before.
    • And when they were the Hawks, the face of the band was Ronnie Hawkins.
  • Many grunge bands fall to this (with the exception of the already listed Alice In Chains). Stone Temple Pilots = Scott Weiland, Pearl Jam = Eddie Vedder, Soundgarden = Chris Cornell...
    • In Soundgarden's case you also have guitarist Kim Thayil, who wrote all the awesome riffs and has exhibited better judgement when it comes to a solo career. And drummer Matt Cameron, who joined Pearl Jam when Soundgarden disbanded.
    • STP has two brothers, but do casual fans know they're Dean and Rob DeLeo?
    • Pearl Jam besides Eddie Vedder has had: Those Two Guys who were in Mother Love Bone, the ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and the ex-Soundgarden drummer. Also, Mike McCready.
  • Machine Head are Robb Flynn the Scary Dude With A Nose Piercing, and The Other Three Scary Tattooed Dudes Most of Whom Weren't Even in the Original Line-Up.
  • The best known formation of the Red Hot Chili Peppers kinda averts this (only Chad Smith might escape). Good luck naming the members before Mother's Milk (or the guynote  who replaced John Frusciante), though! To be fair, naming all members of the band (past and present) is a daunting challenge; there's been 17 members total. The band is a quartet.
    • Anthony might escape it, too. That is, once you consider that everyone knows who Flea and John Frusciante are...
    • Honestly, Chad Smith is starting to become the face of the band. Everyone is off with their side projects/kids, and Josh is a newbie... the last few press releases from the band have all been from Chad Smith.
    • More studious fans may also know Hillel Slovak, if only because of his Author Existence Failure.
  • Primus was Les Claypool and... and... (some might remember guitarist Ler for the similar name)
  • Singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia was the face of The Grateful Dead no matter how much he insisted that he wasn't. In fact, after Garcia died, the remaining bandmates toured a few times as The Other Ones before changing their name to The Dead and finally Dead & Company.
    • Interestingly, when the band started, keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan was the face of the band. The transfer over to Garcia happened around the time of their second album. McKernan is only remembered now as the first of four keyboardists to die on the band.
  • Three Dog Night's Chuck Negron, Cory Wells, and Danny Hutton are all relatively well-known. However, a lot of people don't realize there were four other guys in the band along with them.
  • Green Day manages to mostly avert this. Billie Joe Armstrong is definitely the face that springs to mind when they're mentioned, but if you can name him you probably can list Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool too.
    • However, only diehard fans can name the guitarist Jason White, who has essentially been the band's fourth member since 1999 (and eventually promoted in 2012... only to request a demotion to tour member again two years later). Most people usually called him "that guitarist who always plays with the band on TV for some reason".
    • Fewer fans (the most diehard of the diehard) can name the drummer that Tre Cool replaced, John Kiffmeyer. Granted, he left the band in 1990, before anyone but some club-goers in CA had heard of them, but still.
  • Buckethead. He's played with a number of bands, including Praxis and Death Cube K, but other than him (and perhaps Brain or Pinchface, the oddly-named drummers he often plays with), very few people can identify the other members of his bands. It's not made any easier by the fact that he often plays with multiple bands at once. The fact that he's a 7-foot tall guitar god with a white mask and KFC bucket on his head helps.
    • An exception would be Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains due to it being a supergroup in which, as the other members were Les Claypool and Brain of Primus and funk legend Bernie Worrell.
    • And, of course, Guns N' Roses, where if people knew someone besides him and Axl... (the aforementioned Brain was also there)
  • Pretenders is Chrissie Hynde and... um... who else again?
    • More astute fans can name the original four members (the young deaths of two of them are extremely important to the band's history and later songs), but then there's the case of naming the other musicians who Hynde brought into the group in their long history full of personnel changes. This is even the case with some of the more noteworthy replacements: While most alt-rock fans know who Johnny Marr is, few would know he was an official member of The Pretenders for a few months in 1987.
  • More knowledgeable music fans know Electric Light Orchestra as Jeff Lynne and some other guys. Most others know ELO as the guy with the sunglasses and the big curly 'fro... and some other guys.
  • Aversion: Crosby, Stills, Nash (And Young) is, well...
    • Although more than a few can only name Crosby, Stills & Nash, due to Neil Young's inconsistent membership (and the same people will respond "Neil Young was in a band?" due to his immensely successful solo career). This is lampshaded by the band: The band's affectionate Fan Nickname is "CSN and Sometimes Y." Consequently, in interviews Young is often referred to by the other members as "Sometimes."
    • Buffalo Springfield, though, is most certainly Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and, uh...
  • Nickelback is Chad Kroeger and who else? And frankly, who cares? (Some might know Chad's brother is in there)
  • David Byrne is the only Talking Head most people could name. Although the Tom Tom Club, a side project by the Heads' bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz (also married to one another), had a major hit with "Genius of Love".
  • The Flaming Lips are basically Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, and Michael Ivins, with friends. Occasionally there would be mentions of their former guitarist Ronald Jones.
  • Whenever someone mentions any member of My Chemical Romance, it's usually Gerard Way. Or very occasionally Frank Iero. Or sometimes Gerard's brother.
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The Bad Seeds include Warren Ellis, and... um.... some other guys... like... Blixa Bargeld, back before he germinated and is now the only member of Einstürzende Neubauten anybody knows.
    • Nick Cave was also the only member of The Birthday Party anyone knew. And he and Warren Ellis are the only members of Grinderman anyone knows.
    • To their credit, Rowland S. Howard and Mick Harvey (the latter of which was also in the Bad Seeds for a time), are well known in Australia and somewhat well known worldwide. Tracy Pew, the bassist, died too soon to have his name remembered for any after-TBP work.
  • J. Geils is the only member of The J. Geils Band that most can name. This crosses over a bit with I Am Not Shazam, as many people make the mistake of calling the lead singer J. Geils (who was the guitarist; Peter Wolf is the lead singer).
    • Some people may recall Peter Wolf, mainly because he had a brief solo career. And was married to Faye Dunaway for a time.
  • This dynamic also holds true for Paul Revere and the Raiders (Mark Lindsay was the frontman, Revere the keyboardist) and, at least for their first few albums, the Steve Miller Band (Boz Scaggs was the original lead vocalist before guitarist Miller took over that role himself.)
    • Paul Revere & the Raiders attempted to address the name/face issue several times. Many of their most successful releases were credited to "Paul Revere & the Raiders, featuring Mark Lindsay". Then, in the 70s, all proper names were dropped and the band was simply known as "The Raiders".
  • Probably also the case for Manfred Mann, where Paul Jones was the singer/frontman. Organist Manfred Mann had an Awesome Mc Coolname, so the band was named after him.
  • Faith No More was Mike Patton and...and...umm... (Former vocalist Chuck who?)
    • Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk and any other band Patton leads can be described the same way.
  • The Melvins are Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne, Dale Crover, and uhhh... who else?
    • Ask a Melvins fan to name any of the bassists who have ever been in the band and they'll most likely either name Joe Preston or Lorax. Ask them to name two more and they'll probably have to think about it for a while.
  • Guns N' Roses used to be Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, and Duff McKagan. They all had identifiable looks and were pretty easy to remember. Steven's replacement Matt Sorum and keyboardist Dizzy Reed also fit. If you stuck with them well into the early 90's, the same could be said of Gilby Clarke. Before Slash and Duff returned in 2016, it's only Axl, Dizzy and some completely random guys - the only one that's passed through the ranks who sticks in the mind was the guitarist that wears a KFC bucket.
    • At least that's how people knew them in the and '90s and 00's. To younger audiences the group was just Axl and Slash.
    • Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, Adler, Matt, Dizzy and, uh...the Skiver?
    • Matt can squeak by on the amusement value of his previous job being the drummer for Y Kant Tori Read. Though for some reason people forget he replaced Steven Adler.
    • Ironically, Tracii Guns, the other namesake of Guns N' Roses, is not very well known. L.A. Guns even became two bands because of someone else being the face of that band.
    • Several former bandmates have declared that Axl really thought of himself as the sole face of the band, and believed that any of the others could be replaced at no cost to himself. He then proceeded to prove this very false by alienating the only two remaining members of the classic line-up (Slash and Duff) and continuing on despite this. In the minds of most of the public, Guns n' Roses ceased to exist once Slash left, and after that it was just Axl continuing to tour with whomever he could persuade to join him.
  • Hole, which had Courtney Love and that sexy redhead who was with the Pumpkins for one album, and, um...
    • It doesn't help that they had no less than fifteen members in thirteen years.
    • Courtney even decided to reform Hole... with three guys who had never been in the band (which on most of his history was all-female except for the guitarist Eric... Something, who even criticized her move)!
  • A weird case: the most remembered member of the Sex Pistols is Sid Vicious. The substitute bassist who couldn't play his instrument.
    • Though singer Johnny Rotten is well-known. He's even still alive too. Actually, Rotten/Lydon's other group, Public Image Ltd., another good example of this trope: it consists of Johnny Rotten, and... some other people. And at one point, Ginger Baker from Cream.
  • AC/DC is Angus Young, his brother Malcolm, and Brian Johnson (the singer with the flat cap), who replaced Bon Scott (the alcoholic)... who are the other two?
    • A lot of people would know Malcom Young, due to the family connections (George, Angus and Malcom's brother, is one of Australia's most popular and well known songwriters), but the bassist and the drummer? No clue.
    • Plus if all you knew about the lineup was from looking at their albums you'd think that guitarist Angus Young was the singer since he is often the only person on the covers.
    • Since Brian Johnson isn't allowed to go on stage anymore, and since Malcolm Young's Author Existence Failure, AC/DC is Angus Young.
  • Aerosmith is Steven Tyler, Joe Perry... and some other people.
    • Joe Perry has his fair share of recognition, thanks to his solo work and is interaction with Tyler onstage. Brad, Tom, and Joey, on the other hand...
    • To the point with Aerosmith where the backing band in the video for "Walk This Way" with Run–D.M.C., the other band members aren't Joey, Brad and Tom note . Also, in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Joe Perry and Steve Tyler get about 70% more screen time, even showing Joe Perry playing solos in the songs he has never played the solos for.
  • Monster Magnet is Dave Wyndorf, Ed Mundell and some other guys.
  • Singer David Clayton-Thomas is the only member of Blood, Sweat & Tears that anyone remembers. Which is ironic considering he replaced the band's founder, Al Kooper.
  • Big Brother And The Holding Company is more widely known (and marketed!) as Janis Joplin. She became so prominent that no one remembers the name of the band. Or of the Kozmic Blues Band.
  • Quick - name a member of The Doobie Brothers besides Michael McDonald.
    • They took some criticism, after Executive Meddling turned them into McDonald's de facto backup band, for promoting Simmons as a kind of secondary bandleader, when prior to Johnston's departure firing departure he had been little more than an anonymous sideman.
  • Ditto Chicago and Peter Cetera.
  • My Bloody Valentine. Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher are the most immediately recognizable (coincidentally, both are guitarists and vocalists). Then, there's the bassist and that drummer with the indecipherable Irish name.
  • Titus Andronicus is Patrick Stickles and Patrick Stickles' beard. Can anyone even name anyone else?
  • Michael Gira was the best known member of the Swans until female singer Jarboe joined; from then on, they got equal media attention.
    • Some of the more devoted fans will throw out Norman Westberg or Algis Kizys, and a number of their percussionists (Rieflin, Mossiman, Mullins, Puleo) are reasonably well-known in other arenas, but ask any but the most diehard fan who Daniel Galliduani is and you will get blank stares.
  • Bad Religion is Greg Graffin and some words. To be fair, Bad Religion only exists when Graffin feels like it.
    • And watch as people call Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson's other band...
    • Brett Gurewitz is actually fairly well known among even casual BR fans. However, he's probably more well known for his disagreements with Graffin and the fact that his return to the band happened to coincide with their return to greatness rather than his guitar playing (some of the best in punk music). He's far more well known as the founder of the famed independent label Epitaph Records.
  • The Mars Volta are Omar, Cedric, and some other guys. To be fair, the albums themselves claim that Omar and Cedric are The Mars Volta. The rest are just 'The Mars Volta Group'. Doesn't help that those two are the only ones in any publicity photos.
    • Also, their names are pretty... unique (especially Cedric's, or do you know any other Bixler-Zavala next door to you?), so they're pretty hard to forget.
    • You might also recognize Ikey Owens and Jeremy Ward, both who are now deceased. And Flea was involved at one point.
  • Name a Kink other than Ray and Dave Davies. Thought so.
  • Claudio Sanchez is Coheed and Cambria, not least because he's both the lead singer and lead guitarist. He also has the greatest hair in Christendom.
  • Muse is Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard and...um... To be fair, it's because Christopher Wolstenholme rarely does publicity.
  • Alternative rock band The The has Matt Johnson as its only constant member, with the rest of the cast changing from album to album. You have to wonder how they give concerts...
    • The touring band likely changes from tour to tour.
  • Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert from New Order actually called their side project "The Other Two". And New Order as a whole effectively started out as "the other three and the drummer's girlfriend" after the demise of Joy Division (ie the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis). However New Order have effectively averted The Band Minus the Face.
    • This story, posted on the comedy website b3ta's 'Question of the Week', rather neatly sums up this trope in relation to New Order.
  • The Black Keys has Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, they're a duo and their lineup has been the same since the beginning. However, the former slightly outshines the latter due to being the lead vocalist, and for his production work (most notably for Lana Del Rey). Also, he's had side projects, such as a solo album and...
    • The Arcs. Which is Dan Auerbach and a bunch of other guys.
  • Neil Finn was not one of the founding members of Split Enz, but he and his brother Tim are the only band members whose names the casual listener can remember - thanks partly to Crowded House, Neil's subsequent band in which Tim also played for a while.
    • There's a curious Finn feedback loop younger brother Neil first became known by joining elder brother Tim's band Split Enz, then years later Tim became more well-known by joining Neil's internationally-successful band Crowded House. They have also recorded just as a duo.
    • Come to think of it, how many people can name a regular member of Crowded House besides Neil Finn?
  • The Killers are Brandon Flowers and, um... sorry, distracted by cute Emo Kid.
  • Oddly enough, the face of Dropkick Murphys is not the lead singer (currently Al Barr), but the bassist, Ken Casey. The original piper, "Spicy McHaggis," had a bit of a following (and his own jig), but what fan knows his real name, much less the name of the current piper.
  • Soul Coughing, a.k.a. Mike Doughty and his buddies.
  • Asia is a tricky case. All the members were in other bands first, and the first names you remember depend on which of those other bands you're a fan of:
    • If you're a King Crimson fan, the only name you know is John Wetton; if you're a Yes fan, you only recognize Steve Howe; if you liked Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the only one you remember is Carl Palmer. Sadly, nobody seems to remember Geoff Downes right off the bat because there aren't that many diehard fans of The Buggles (he was also a member of Yes as well). Which is weird, because he kept the band alive after everyone else bailed.
  • Music critics seem to insist that Bright Eyes is secret code for "The Conor Oberst Experience" despite the fact that Oberst himself has repeatedly stated that there are indeed two other permanent members of the band (those being Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott) and that Oberst's solo career is distinct and very different (lo-fi folk) from Bright Eyes (emo country rock).
    • In a case of Early Installment Weirdness, this was actually initially true. Bright Eyes was originally Conor's solo project while he fronted for Commander Venus. It was only until his sophomore LP Letting Off The Happiness that Mike Mogis joined, and only then to master it in his basement studio. By the time the band received mainstream attention, it had evolved into a fully collaborative effort, thus the confusion.
    • Oberst's other band, The Mystic Valley Band, however, can be accurately described as "The Conor Oberst Experience".
  • James is Tim Booth, and Larry Gott if he's lucky. Otherwise they're "Which one's James?". (They've had about thirteen different members in their 26 years since formation. The nearest answer to that question is founder member Jim Glennie, although they did use computer imagery to invent a character called James for one album cover, whose face composites bits of all of the seven members they had at the time.) When they were pooling names and decided to name themselves after one of the members, they deliberately didn't pick Tim precisely because of concern about this trope.
  • Jenny Lewis is Rilo Kiley. Yes, there was some guy who provided the vocals on half the early songs, but hey, pretty redhead.
  • The Raconteurs are Jack White and Brendon Benson, featuring two other guys who don't get to be in pictures or "The drummer and bassist from The Greenhornes".
  • Pulp is lunatic beanpole Jarvis Cocker. Not helped by the band being far older than you think (they'd been going fifteen years before releasing a successful album).
    • There's also keyboardist Candida Doyle, but she's easy to spot anyway considering she was in the band longer than anyone else save for Jarvis and was the only girl. Only hardcore fans can name someone else in the band.
  • They Might Be Giants is John Linnell, John Flansburgh, and... three more people who aren't named John. To be fair, the band was just John and John for four albums, plus a b-sides collection and several songs on an answering machine.
    • For a while they had the "Band of Dans" consisting of Dan Miller on guitar, Dan Hickey on drums, and Danny Weinkauf on bass. So it was John, John, Dan, Dan, and Danny until one of the Dans got replaced by Marty Beller on the drums.
  • Ben Gibbard does this with two bands: he's that guy for both Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service. To be fair, the Postal Service was his side project, but still.
    • And Chris Walla, who's also well-known as a producer.
    • When asked to name another member of The Postal Service, many will answer Jenny Lewis. While she certainly sang backing vocals on much of their album Give Up and appeared in a couple of their videos, she wasn't officially a member of the band until they reunited in 2013.
  • Primal Scream is Bobby Gillespie, and some others. Oh, Mani from The Stone Roses joined in recent years too.
  • Barenaked Ladies has more members than Steven Page and Ed Robertson, but even some fans can't name the others. And now that Steven is gone...
    • And now keyboardist/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn is taking over vocals frequently. He has sung lead on some songs from their recent catalogue.
    • Tyler Stewart's at least trying not to disappear from the eyes of BNL's fans, though. He's the only one who shows off his own personal Twitter account. The rest of the band just uses a communal Twitter account.
  • Paramore is...uh, that really cute redhead?
    • To most people, Paramore = Hayley Williams and some dudes with instruments. Casual fans know Zac and Josh Farro (the latter more likely than the former; they may know Zac as "Josh's brother"), but good luck getting anyone but die-hard fanatics to name either the former or present bassist.
    • And they're aware of this perception, to the point of selling T-shirts that state Paramore is a band.
    • Williams is the only member of the band officially signed to Atlantic Records. She has noted that she's not comfortable with this setup and is reluctant to address it.
  • Similarly, Versaemerge is Sierra Kusterbeck and some dudes with instruments.
    • Though, now that there are only three constant members, Blake Harnage and Devin Ingelido are a little more well known than they once were.
  • The Sisters of Mercy consists of two generally remembered people: Andrew Eldritch and Doktor Avalanche. The amusing part is that Doktor Avalanche is a fictional character (it's a name associated with whatever drum machine is being used at the time). Other people have been in the band, and have been highly influential, but keep getting fired. Patricia Morrison, Wayne Hussey, etc have al disappeared. The ironic bit is that if it weren't for the running gag, most goths wouldn't know who Wayne Hussey is, either.
    • Similarly, The Sisterhood also consists of only Andrew Eldritch and Doktor Avalanche. So there's TWO bands that only consist of the SAME two people, of which one is fictional. (The Sisterhood was formed and an EP recorded JUST to keep Wayne Hussey from using that band name).
  • Captain Beefheart was the stage name of Don Van Vliet; and the only one of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band that anyone remembers, unless they're either really hardcore psychedelic/experimental rock fans, or really hardcore Frank Zappa fans (the two traded several musicians back and forth and collaborated on a couple of songs).
  • Name a member of Babyshambles other than Pete Doherty. It helps that Doherty both dated Kate Moss and has rarely been out of the press due to his numerous drug habits and chaotic personal life, both of which tend to stick in the memory.
    • Name any others in The Libertines besides Peter Doherty and Carl Barat. Or any other members of Barat's own post-split band Dirty Pretty Things.
  • Minor Threat was Ian MacKaye and... some other people... probably.
    • Similarly, Fugazi is MacKaye, Guy Picciotto and other people.
    • Probably because of the sheer force of his personality, Ian MacKaye has kind of been this in any band he's been in, with a possible exception of his current project, The Evens.
  • Mudcrutch consists of Tom Petty and some other guys.
  • Silversun Pickups are Brian Aubert, Nikki Monniger and two other guys who don't sing.
  • Say Anything is Max Bemis and — uhh...
    • Coby Linder. The drummer is the only other founding member still in the band and fans should know him too. He even does a spoken-word part in a song about how he's been the band with Max forever. Besides these two, the line-up has changed so many times it's pretty forgivable to not know them.
  • Uh, there were four other guys in Ben Folds Five, right? I mean, it's weird—I've never even seen two of them...
    • Robert Sledge (the bass player) does get name-dropped in "Not The Same".
  • Helmet consists of Page Hamilton and... and... Well, there might be some other guys playing in the background. Actually, Hamilton's ego is so large that he's the only single person to appear in the music video for "Gone".
    • There's also the fact that Hamilton is the only original member left upon releasing 2004's "Size Matters" as a follow up to 1997's "Aftertaste".
  • Attempted aversion with Tin Machine, which was supposedly a group with four equals... one of whom happened to be David Bowie. Failed, as the group is now only remembered as a David Bowie folly.
  • Alex Chilton is the best-known member of both the Box Tops and Big Star.
  • Arcade Fire is Will Butler, Win Butler, his wife Regine something-or-other, and, um, like fifty, other people. Who can name all the members of their favorite orchestra?
  • If you know Spiritualized you probably still don't know anyone beyond J.Spaceman. And that's not even his real name. Jason Pierce.
  • Averted with The White Stripes. Admittedly it's easier to remember everyone's name when there's only two of them and they share a surname, and one's the singer and the other's a girl.
  • The Pogues were Shane MacGowan and a bunch of other really cool guys for a while. Then he got kicked out for being excessively Shane MacGowan, and the band hasn't been the same since. Shane MacGowan, meanwhile, grows increasingly Shane MacGowan by the day.
    • He formed a Suspiciously Similar Substitute in Shane MacGowan and the Popes, before rejoining the Pogues more on than off. Regardless, he's invariably the Face.
  • Dave King of Flogging Molly. Some people will also occasionally recall that the chick on fiddle and tin whistle is his wife Bridget Regan, but that's about it.
  • Linkin Park is Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, and does anybody else really care?
    • Some people might remember Brad Delson (if only because of his Funny Afro), and Joe "Mr." Hahn gets a mention in Cure For The Itch (he also directs music videos, both for Linkin Park and other bands). Phoenix and Rob though... not so much
      • For comparison, Mike Shinoda literally is the only member of Fort Minor.
      • Dead by Sunrise, Chester's side-project, is known as "Chester Bennington and some guys from a band called Julien-K".
      • Nowadays, Chester's name might be a little bit more recognizable them Mike's, if only because he's the one who died.]
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band escaped this trope, but who can name the members of his back-up band for Human Touch and Lucky Town? There's Roy Bittan, and Patti Scalfa (both of whom were E Streeters anyway), and...nope, I got nothing. Those two albums weren't his most successful sellers. It was definitely for the good for all concerned that he reteamed with his band of brothers, or as he calls them, "The heart-stopping, fun-loving, earth-quaking, love-making, air-conditioner-shaking, history-making, legendary, E! STREET! BAND!"
  • Trent Reznor actually is the only member of Nine Inch Nails. Any other members are people he got together to tour with, and they rotate constantly. Good luck getting a casual fan to name anyone who's ever been in the touring band other than Josh Freese and the bassist for Marilyn Manson.
    • Most NIN fans (and a few Guns N' Roses ones) know guitarist Robin Finck, but it helps when you've been the only constant touring member for close to ten years and have hairstyles as crazy as his tend to be. It's to the point where some fans actually consider him to be the second permanent member. He even contributed in the songwriting on a few albums!
    • Lostprophets fans will know Ilan Rubin.
    • Fans of Doom 3 and American McGee's Alice might know Chris Vrenna aka Tweaker, who was Trent's friend and roommate before there was a Nine Inch Nails.
    • Some recognize Richard Patrick, more known for being the frontman for Filter.
  • The only member of Franz Ferdinand who gets any press is lead singer Alex Kapranos, but he insists that the band (which includes Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, and Paul Thomson; plus Nick's replacements Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot) does everything collectively. He just happens to have a distinctive and versatile voice. Plus that name.
  • Nirvana is an interesting case, say the band's name and everyone instantly thinks "Kurt Cobain." Then maybe Dave "That guy from Foo Fighters" Grohl will come to mind. And then there's that one bassist very few remember, "Chris whatshisname" (Krist Novoselic). Then next to no one remembers the drummers from before Dave Grohl joined. And good luck finding someone who even knows that they once had a second guitarist.
    • Regarding the Foo Fighters, not many people know the names of the other four members. Except for maybe Sunny Day Real Estate fans - and still, many of those only know Jeremy Enigk. Some can know that one was Nirvana's second guitarist. Almost understandable since the first album was Dave Grohl and no one else. Interestingly Grohl often used to get a reversal in his own band, being Dave "That guy from Nirvana" Grohl. Markedly more rare now that the Foos are so well-established in their own right.
    • Some might know drummer Taylor Hawkins, mostly from being recognizable as the other crossdresser in Foo Fighters videos. He also sings at least one song in concerts.
  • Blue Öyster Cult probably suffers from this worse than any other band because the face people associate with them is of a fictional cowbell player portrayed by Will Ferrell.
    • Then when you get to people who can actually name the real members of the band, don't expect to hear any names besides Eric Bloom and "Buck Dharma."
  • While many people can only name The Offspring's singer (Dexter Holland), the nicknames for the guitarist (Noodles) and bassist (Greg K) are easy to remember. Good luck trying to name the drummer, though!
  • Thrice is Dustin Kensrue and maybe Teppei Teranishi.
  • During Pere Ubu's long career, frontman David Thomas has been the only consistent member and focus of media coverage, although the band's membership has been relatively stable for the past several years.
  • Name someone from Weezer that isn't Rivers Cuomo?
    • One member who casual fans can name is former bassist Matt Sharp, whose name mostly comes up in discussions about how the band went to hell once he quit after Pinkerton.
  • Depeche Mode are David Gahan, possibly Martin Gore, and this other guy.
    • Alan Wilder, essentially the band's musician (Gahan being the vocalist and Gore the songwriter) left precisely because of this trope. Gore has subsequently taken on much of the musicianship in tandem with a succession of producers, just as he took on the songwriting in the early '80s after original member, and arguably second-Face, Vince Clarke left to form first Yazoo and then Erasure...where he's been deFaced ever since by the greater star-power of their respective singers, Alison Moyet and Andy Bell.
    • DM are an interesting mostly-justified example, in that Andy Fletcher is the Member Who Doesn't Do Anything. Yes, he's given some simple keyboard parts to play live, but in-studio his role is more like the band's manager or accountant than anything resembling a musician. Yet his presence is acknowledged as vital, as after over thirty years he glues the band together as much as anything.
  • The Cranberries are Dolores O'Riordan and some guys.
  • Lush has Miki Berenyi the redhead, Emma Anderson the brunette,(both and vocs and guitars),and the two other guys
  • Shirley Manson in Garbage. Butch Vig, while in that band, is not so much remembered as part of its line-up; people just skip to his production work (Nirvana, Sonic Youth, L7, etc.).
  • From the amount of controversy that Noel and Liam Gallagher generate, you'd think that Oasis was strictly a two-person band, a la The White Stripes. By the time Noel fought with Liam and left the band, they were the only ones who recorded all albums.
    • Oasis is also a rare example of a shift in the image, since the elder brother began singing more songs and has become more widely recognized as the main foundation of the band, his younger brother has taken a backseat to him in terms of icon status.
    • At the absolute height of their fame in the UK, Oasis actually subverted this trope. Bassist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs used go up to people in the street and enquire to them if they knew who he was, and each time being told by the person with a look of bewilderment that he was Bonehead from Oasis, of course. This disappeared by the time the classic lineup split up and the Gallaghers' egos swallowed the band whole.
    • Spiritual Successor Beady Eye is the same case: Liam Gallagher and the guys who played with him in Oasis. Fans of the shoegazing band Ride may be able to spot that band's lead singer Andy Bell, who played bass guitar for both Beady Eye and late-era Oasis, but that's about it.
  • Morrissey and Johnny Marr from The Smiths. There were two other blokes on stage too.
  • Coldplay. Consists of Chris Martin and a few other guys (who have cool names, if anyone can remember them). Lampshaded by the well-done MADtv sketch "I'm the most important part of Coldplay" by "The Chris Martin Band"
  • 10,000 Maniacs - can anyone name a member besides Natalie Merchant? And who knew that the band didn't dissolve when she went solo? To be fair, there were still 9,999 of them left.
  • Kings of Leon is Caleb Followill and 3 other guys. Two of whom are his brothers and a third is his cousin
  • The Fall. Mark E Smith even famously said that 'If it's me and your Granny on bongos, it's the Fall'. Considering the amount of line-up changes they've gone through, especially in the last 15 years or so, he may well have a point...
  • Quite subverted with Rush, where Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart are all major lyrical and musical providers, and the only one who isn't a multi-instrumentalist is Neil Peart, whose status as best drummer ever among even people who aren't fans of Rush makes him quite recognizable. Alex Lifeson plays guitar, Geddy Lee plays bass and sings, and Neil Peart, as mentioned, is considered the greatest drummer ever. They all write songs, meaning any of them are the face of the band, and could arguably be the face of any band or group they join.
    • However, try finding anyone but hardcore Rush fans who remember the name of their first drummer; who played on their self-titled debut album (John Rutsey).
  • Most ironic (semi-)example ever: After early Jeff Beck Group shows, people would sometimes go up to their lead singer, a then fairly unknown Rod Stewart, and say things like "Hey Jeff, who's your guitarist?".
  • Midnight Oil is Peter Garrett (a.k.a. that tall bald guy who's in the government now) and...some other guys? Maybe?
  • Cristina Scabbia tends to overshadow the rest of Lacuna Coil, although some people at least know who Andrea Ferro is.
  • Cold Chisel consisted of Jimmy Barnes on lead vocals, and... er... oh yeah, Ian Moss on guitar and vocals, and, um... three other guys...
    • This one's especially unjustified as keyboardist Don Walker was their main songwriter and also the band's main driving force.
  • Fun limitus test: A newbie Hot Hot Heat fan can name only Steve Bays. An older one can also name Luke Paquin and Parker Bossley. If they can name Paul Hawley they're pretty hardcore.
  • Semi Precious Weapons and Justin Tranter; the self-titled EP features a Lampshade Hanging with the other members of the band wearing Justin Tranter masks.
  • Halestorm is Lizzie Lzzy Hale and a few guys with long hair (especially after she was named one of Revolver Magazine's Hottest Chicks Metal).
    • Her brother, Arejay Hale getting featured in Modern Drummer and winning the Revolver Golden Gods Drummer of the Year award probably helped even the playing field. Unfortunately, most people who do know him only know him as her brother.
  • Chiodos was Craig Owens and four to five other guys. As of now, they are Brandon Bolmer and five other guys.
  • Supertramp: There was that high-pitched guy who sang "Give a Little Bit", oh right, Roger Hodgson...then there's the one who sang hits like "Goodbye Stranger" and "Bloody Well Right" (Rick Davies)...and the other guys. (Bonus points if you can name any of the members who left prior to Crime of the Century.)
  • Vampire Weekend. Care to name any of the four members besides preppy dreamboat Ezra Koenig?
    • Some fans know Rostam Batmanglij, who is a member of a not-as-popular but still fairly well-known electronic side project called Discovery.
    • Bassist Chris Baio also released an electronica album under his DJ name Baio.
  • Devo is Mark Mothersbaugh and if you're really, really lucky Gerald Casale.
  • A measure of how hardcore Yes fans are, is how many of the myriad of rotating members they can name; and what other projects they've been involved in. Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe - and generally Jon Anderson - are gimmes; but beyond that...
    • How many casual fans know that bassist Chris Squire was the last original member left, and the only member to play on every single album?
    • Or that Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn the members of The Buggles replaced Anderson and Wakeman on one album? Said collaboration setting the stage for the formation of Asia.
  • Name a member of 30 Seconds to Mars that isn't Jared Leto. Bonus points if you can name a bassist.
    • Erm, Shannon Leto and whatshisface. Hang on, it'll come in a second...Tommy? Tomo?
  • Alt-country rock band 16 Horsepower was overshadowed by frontman David Eugene Edwards—several TV documentaries, ostensibly about the band, would devote all their interview time to Edwards.
  • The Residents avoided this entirely by having no faces whatsoever. Every member was anonymous, and they all wore the same tuxedo and giant eyeball mask uniform. Those into music trivia will know that spokesman Homer Flynn and sound engineer Hardy Fox are believed to be the leaders of the group, but they have consistently refused to admit it for forty years.
    • In an unusal subversion, the late Snakefinger (Phillip Charles Lithman) performed with the group so often that he's occasionally mistaken for a member.
    • Though the group's actual singer who had been known as Mr. Skull due to his skull shaped mask has 'identified himself' as Randy Rose. Whether or not this is his real name is unknown. True to the group's nature Randy is still never seen without his signature mask. The remaining Residents took the names Chuck and Bob while remaining masked as well. Hardy Fox admitted to being Chuck when he retired from the band in 2017, while Homer Flynn is widely believed to be Randy Rose.
  • The Distillers. You know, Brody Dalle's band. Also Spinnerette, AKA, that band with that chick that was married to that guy from Rancid and left him for that guy from Queens of the Stone Age.
  • Lampshaded by the Mike Park song "Tobi Vail Is My Favourite Member Of Bikini Kill", which affectionately pokes fun of the hero worship a lot of people direct at Kathleen Hanna.
  • Neil Hannon is the only member of The Divine Comedy to have ever appeared on any of the album covers, not helped by his tendency to fire the rest of the band every couple of albums or so. To be fair, he is the only continuous member and the Divine Comedy ''is'' him in essence.
  • Similarly, Ian Broudie has long alternated between being the Face of the Lightning Seeds and ''being'' the Lightning Seeds, depending on how much he's felt like sharing the studio workload and/or whether he's touring at the time.
  • The Beautiful South are a confused example. For much of their 19-year existence singer/songwriter Paul Heaton was the sole Face, though casual fans would often hear reference to the "Heaton-Rotheray partnership" as the most-successful British songwriting team since Lennon-McCartney. In the middle/latter part of their career Jacqui Abbott also gained prominence as lead or co-lead vocalist on big hits like Don't Marry Her and Perfect 10. Yet listen to their sole Number One single, 1990's A Little Time, which (like Perfect 10) is a male-female duet but it's not Heaton you hear singing. It's not Dave Rotheray either: he's the guitarist. It's Dave Hemingway, who was theoretically co-lead vocalist when the band started (he and Heaton were both in the Housemartins previously) but who got phased out of this duty later, even though he never left the band. And it's not Abbott singing the female half, either: it's the woman she replaced, Briana Corrigan, who took a fairly significant role in early-mid Beautiful South but left for an unnoticeable solo career. So by the time of the band's highest profile from 1994-8, and later, their two most-notable Faces were neither of the two people who originally sang on their biggest ever hit and not the ones who you'd hear when it came on the radio... yet most people probably didn't ever register. The band has partially reformed in recent times as touring three-piece 'The South', now led by Hemingway after all and also including Abbott's own late-period replacement and the drummer, who was there the whole way along but who no-one at all knows. He's called Dave, too.
  • Dexys Midnight Runners is Kevin Rowland - and...
    • Interestingly, Rowland tried to subvert this view of the band while promoting their album Don't Stand Me Down by making violinist Helen O'Hara and guitarist Billy Adams just as prominent as he was in promotional materials. Unfortunately for them, the album was a flop upon release. However, its since by Vindicated by History, which has in turn made Adams and O'Hara probably the best known the nearly 50 musicians apart from Rowland who have been in the band over the years.
  • Madness are singer Suggs, a maniac on saxophone, and about seven others, including a maniac in a hat who also sings but stil gets forgotten.
    • There's an unusual variation in Madness as well: keyboard player Mike Barson was no means The Face, but there's a tendency for people to erroneously believe that he was "the one who wrote all their songs", overlooking the contributions of... well, everyone else in the band, really.
  • Saint Etienne. Several people can get Sarah Cracknell, but Pete and Bob - the guys who actually founded the band - are seemingly known to hardcore fans only.
  • This happened to the Matthew Good Band, for fairly obvious reasons.
    • But not intentionally. The band was considering a name when, for some reason, their first demo song (Alabama Motel Room) was sent to a radio station and introduced, for lack of a better name, as the Matthew Good Band, essentially forcing them to stick with the name. Matthew Good tried to downplay it later, by refusing to have his picture taken for albums, but it didn't work.
  • Graham Nash is the best known member of The Hollies despite the fact that the band had their biggest hits after he left ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress", "The Air That I Breathe"). It probably helped that he got much more prominent billing in the next group he was in (that'd be Crosby, Stills, and Nash [and Young], for those who don't know) while the other Hollies remain relatively anonymous.
  • Sure the band The Rasmus has four members, but people only remember Lauri Ylönen, the lead singer who wears feathers in his hair so he's hard not to notice. Some may remember Aki Hakala, the drummer, but that's it.
  • Travis consists of lead singer Fran Healy and those other guys, who actually don't seem to be bothered about Fran doing all the interesting stuff in music videos. Understandable when "interesting stuff" means "doing many, many pushups" or "running for cover underneath an ACTUAL FIGHTER JET".
  • Electric Six are Dick Valentine and... uh, those other guys, yeah. This is actually a good example of this trope, since Dick Valentine changes the band members with every album, with him as the only constant.
  • Nina Persson, singer with The Cardigans, always refused to be photographed or interviewed unless the whole band were featured equally. She was clearly aware of this trope.
  • The Tragically Hip, the Canadian band that has achieved great success in its home country, with several platinum-selling albums. Despite their fame, no one, no one can name any of the members besides Gord Downie, even though the band has stayed the same for the last 20-plus years.
    • There's that skinny guitarist with the really long hair. What's his name?
  • Not many people can name a member of Third Eye Blind who isn't Stephan Jenkins.
  • Donald Fagen and Walter Becker went from being the only known members of Steely Dan to being the only members at all by the time their third album came around, backed up by studio musicians.
  • Modest Mouse is generally regarded as Isaac Brock, maybe that guy from The Smiths who was in it for a while, and the rest.
    • Some will remember that Modest Mouse has two drummers, but the names of those drummers? One of them even co-founded the band with Brock.
  • The Shins are James Mercer and...?
    • Speaking of Modest Mouse, this band actually includes one of MM's two drummers now.
  • The Hives is Howlin' Pelle Almqvist and His Assorted Chums, and, occasionally Pelle, Nik and The Rest, due to Nik (Pelle's brother) turning up in a few interviews.
  • Sublime, who remembers anyone other than Bradley? Becoming "Sublime With Rome" a decade later didn't really make things any better.
  • Likewise, SlightlyStoopid, formerly Sublime's sister/apprentice band and inheritor of much of their fanbase, is an interesting case, as Miles and Kyle function as dual frontmen, alternating not only lead singer duties, but even switching between guitar and bass mid-show. The drummer, though, kind of fades into the background.
  • The Jam were Paul Weller and, er...
    • There's not a lot of mention of the other people in Weller's next band, the Style Council, either. He went solo after that, perhaps bowing to the inevitable.
  • Wilco is Jeff Tweedy, a couple other guys, and....whoever they can get to go on tour with them. The other current member that casual fans can usually be counted on to name is guitarist Nels Cline, but that's mostly because of his long and acclaimed career as a jazz fusion sideman before he joined the group. Few are able to name the only other remaining original member aside from Tweedy (that's John Stirratt).
  • Kansas is Kerry Livgren (guitar, keyboards), Steve Walsh (vocals, Hammond, keyboards, vibraphone), that hairy bearded guy with the fiddle, that drummer with a mullet, and that other guy. That is, if you look at the lineup which produced their most popular albums Masque, Leftoverture and Point of Know Return.
    • These days it's hard not to know Rich Williams. 'Cause well, the eyepatch.
  • Veruca Salt is Nina Gordon, Louise Post, and the two men in the band (one of whom is Nina's brother). In their first incarnation, the drummer was Nina's brother. Then the lineup disintegrated, Nina left, and Louise brought a bunch of hired hands on board. The original lineup is now back together.
  • The face of Breaking Benjamin is Benjamin Burnley, the lead singer.
  • Radiohead is Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and three other guys. A few might know that one is Jonny's brother.
    • Though Thom and Jonny are usually main focus, the fans also care about Colin Greenwood and Ed O'Brien. Not so much for drummer Philip Selway though. Even their producer Nigel Godrich and the artist for their album covers (besides Thom) Stanley Donwood get more attention. This works out though as he is never in the extreme cheesecake some fans produce
  • Silverchair is Daniel Johns and two other guys.
  • The Strokes is Julian Casablancas and... I think one of them dated Drew Barrymore for a while, right?
    • Albert Hammond, Jr. is also memorable, mostly because his father, also a musician, has the same name. And because Junior is named Albert, in this day and age.
  • Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band has Bob Seger and... um... some guys.
  • Most fans can name the band members, but the only difference between ALL and Descendents is that the singers are Chad Price and Milo Aukerman, respectively. Good luck trying to name everyone who has been in both bands, though; the current number stands at 11.
  • Karen O is Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Wait, who are those guys behind her?
  • Destined to happen to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Unless people start paying attention to Cat Popper too. Sorry Scott, Matt, and Benny.
  • Metric. Emily Haines and...3 guys who are NOT Emily Haines
    • The t-shirts Metric sell at their shows just have a big picture of Emily's face on them. If that's to be believed they are okay with the focus being on her.
  • The Birthday Massacre is Chibi, possibly Rainbow, and a bunch of other guys.
  • Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention. Frank was originally brought in (the band then called The Soul Giants) to replace the guitarist. By the time they got a record deal, Zappa wrote all the songs and controlled the group with an iron fist.
    • After he began his solo work, it was Zappa, Ike Willis, uh... they had a pretty cute chick in a bikini playing xylophone for a while? (Ruth Underwood), and... her husband... (Ian Underwood), and the guy with the funny nickname ("Motorhead" Sherwood) and uhh... the band. Oh, and Steve Vai. And Mike Keneally. And Adrian Belew.
    • It can be argued that people may recognize the name Jimmy Carl Black (if not his face) because he frequently introduced himself as "The indian of the group". It became a running gag on MST3K that any time a native American appeared in any of the movies, Joel, Mike or one of the Bots would say, "It's Jimmy Carl Black of the Mothers of Invention!"
    • And Terry Bozzio. Actually, for a solo artist, a lot of members of his band have been rather memorable. Maybe because he was like the musical equivalent of Doc Savage.
  • Most people probably recognize Sandy Denny as Fairport Convention's singer even though she's been dead for thirty years and about three hundred people have been in the group since. The only other member who gets remembered is virtuoso guitarist Richard Thompson, mostly due for his solo work. He's been out of the band since 1971.
  • Singer/lyricist/guitarist Bill Nelson was unquestionably the focus of 70s British art/glam rockers Be-Bop Deluxe—especially after he replaced the whole band following the first album.
  • Bowling for Soup manages to do this without needing anyone to know the Face's name: they're "that one punk band with the fat guy on bass." It's even more impressive when you consider that Chris van Malmsteen (for that is his name) is the guitarist.
    • Certain younger fans might say the face is Danny from Love Handel
    • See also: New Found Glory... that's Hayley Williams' boyfriend's band, right?
    • Debatable as Jordan Pundik is widely well known, although mainly for his distinctive voice and for looking like a cross between Morrissey and Quentin Tarantino. However Chad Gilbert tends to be the mouthpiece of the band in terms of interviews and on-stage banter.
  • Australian Pink Floyd exploit this idea by introducing themselves at concerts as six Bruces, four Sheilas and Rolf. Only three of them are actually Australian.
  • German band Die Ärzte averts this. People can normally name all three members (well in Germany at least). It certainly helps that there are only three members, and all of them have pretty distinct personalities.
  • This is the reason Heart now usually bills themselves as "Heart, featuring The Wilson Sisters".
    • An example of the uncommon case of the rhythm guitarist (Nancy) being more well-known than the lead singer (Ann).
  • Name a member of Screeching Weasel other than Ben Foster, I dare you.
    • The only other (very short-lived) member most people would be able to name is Mike Dirnt, but only because of his subsequent fame in Green Day.
  • Both Hum and Centaur consist of "Talbot and those other guys." He has a songwriting style that tends to take over everything it comes in contact with, so it may have more to do with every band he fronts sounding exactly the same.
  • Men at Work was Colin Hay and some other guys.
  • To most people, Argentinian cult band Patricio Rey y los Redonditos de Ricota are el Indio Solari, Sky Bellinson and an indefined amount of other guys. If they know that 'Patricio Rey' is fictional, that is.
  • The popular 70s/80s Canadian duo Rough Trade consisted of Carole Pope and, er...But don't feel bad, Kevan Staples, because by now there's a generation that doesn't remember Pope either.
  • Name the members of Escape The Fate? Uh, well, Ronnie Radke used to be in the band...
  • To more casual fans, Schoolyard Heroes is Ryann Donnelly, Jonah whatshisname and two other guys.
  • dEUS is Tom Barman, the only one, except for Klaas Janszoons, to be still in the band.
    • Zita Swoon is Stef Kamil Carlens and other musicians.
  • Now-defunct Canadian rock band Treble Charger is now mostly remembered among fans for the falling-out between lead singer Greig Nori and guitarist Bill Priddle.
  • Although Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Richie Blackmore co-founded Blackmore's Night with his wife Candice, he seems content to leave the spotlight to her. Candice takes the lead in almost all the band's videos. When Blackmore himself appears, he's usually just standing in the background playing guitar.
  • Invoked by the band itself with Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band. Considering he's technically functioning as a solo artist with the Goddamn Band as a backing band, his work would be categorized as just "Kevin Devine". The Goddamn Band didn't exist at the beginning either, nor is it actually "necessary" (though they are awesome).
  • Vernian Process has Joshua A. Pfeiffer, although some fans can name the other ones. Specifically Ash, due to the Snazzy But Not Snazzy Enough Name Syndrome the others suffer from.
  • Scissor Shock is Adam Cooley. Justified, as there have been points in which such was the case.
  • Partially averted by Canadian indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene. As the band has about 20 different members who rotate in and out, they are well known for spawning many different (and often more famous) musical groups. Even the most casual fans of indie rock will recognize Metric, Stars, The Weakerthans, Apostle of Hustle, and Feist as being related in some way to the band. This doesn't stop some people from referring to them only as "That band Feist was in before she had a hit."
  • Averted by Keller Williams—he actually uses multi-track recording to play EVERY INSTRUMENT IN THE BAND, and uses a loop pedal in live performances. One of his albums, though, had lots of guest musicians, who are mostly even less well-known than Keller himself.
  • Godsmack with their lead song-writer Sully Erna, to the point that the other band members are convinced that it's his band and they're just followers. Erna is responsible for the band's trademark spirituality in their sound (tribal beats, European-style twanging strings, chanting, etc.), all sprouting from his Wiccan beliefs.
  • Kaizers Orchestra has frontman and ham extraordinare Janove 'The Jackal' Ottesen, "That creepy dude with the gas mask" and some other guys.
    • Helge 'Omen Kaizer' Risa is the face of the band though, it was him (in his gas mask) on the cover of the first three albums and the band's logo. And it's usually either him or Janove front and centre in the group shots.
  • LCD Soundsystem is James Murphy and maybe some other people. To be fair, most of the time on the albums LCD Soundsystem *was* James Murphy and maybe some other people. And the other people were usually Nancy Whang and Pat Mahoney.
  • And in yet another example of "band named after one guy in the band", the Dave Matthews Band. Everyone knows Dave, but can they name the violinist, the drummer, the bassist, the (now sadly deceased) saxophonist, and, if they're really big fans, the keyboardist who left right before their first major release?
  • Dead Kennedys are, depending who you ask, Jello Biafra and some guys, or Brendan Cruz and some guys.
    • One might mention D.H. Peligro, but just because he's the Token Minority.
  • Pierce the Veil? Oh, yeah, that's Vic Fuentes, his twin brother, um, let's see... Mikey Fuentes? And then there's, ahhhh.... some other guys?
  • Sparks is Russell Mael, his creepy Hitler lookalike brother Ronald, and a bunch of other guys.
  • DDT is Yuri Shevchuk and three other guys named Rustam. He writes and sings all of their songs. He also released a solo album recently, leading people to wonder what exactly is the point.
  • Manchester Orchestra consists of Andy Hull and... uh... well,the orchestra, probably?
  • Royally subverted by the Eagles. They rotate who does the lead vocals. The one who sang the most was the drummer!
  • Alexisonfire is that band that Dallas Green sometimes plays guitar in when he isn't performing as City and Colour.
  • KMFDM is Sascha Konietzko, Lucia, and some other guys.
  • Sneaker Pimps used to be Kelli Ali and those two guys who hung around and didn't do anything. Then it became Chris Corner and those three guys who hung around and didn't do anything.
  • Angelspit is now ZooG, DestroyX, the hot guitarist, and the drummer nobody remembers. And that dude with the weird name who does the videos.
  • Sebadoh: Despite the fact that they've almost always been a Vocal Tag Team band, the only one people generally care about is Lou Barlow.
  • Fozzy is Chris Jericho and... who cares, the others aren't famous pro wrestlers.
  • Seether is led by Shaun Morgan (Amy Lee's ex-boyfriend), but who are the other members?
  • Name a member of Limp Bizkit whose name is not Fred Durst.
    • Wes Borland gets a little attention, owing to being the creative force behind the band (at least before he left), wearing body make-up and/or the most colourful costumes and being involved in several other side projects such as From First to Last. At a push, one could perhaps include DJ Lethal, if only because of his time as turntablist in House of Pain. As for the other members, however... (many would never even know the bassist and drummer are cousins)
  • Puddle of Mudd is a guy who looks like pro wrestler Edge and three other dudes.
  • Powderfinger; Bernard Fanning and Friends.
  • The band maNga, in order to differentiate it from Japanese comics, is sometimes referred to by fans as Fermanga after the lead vocalist Ferman Akgül.
  • The late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy fame is popular enough to have gotten a life-size bronze statue of him erected in Harry Street in Dublin City. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who knows any of the other band members off the top of their head, though.
  • Jane's Addiction is Perry Farrell (the guy from Lollapalooza), Dave Navarro (the guy who played for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and married Carmen Electra ) and...
  • While The Ramones might escape this due to the Theme Naming where everyone was "* Ramone", many only remember Joey and Johnny.
  • Van Halen has two faces, the namesake guitarist Eddie Van Halen and whoever's the lead singer (David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar - there was never a third!). Casual fans still might know it's mostly a Band of Relatives (the drummer is Eddie's brother, and the current bassist is Eddie's son). The original bassist, however...
  • Weirdly averted with Cheap Trick, whose singer Robin Zander is easily the most anonymous member of the band. Being surrounded by a pretty-boy bassist and two of music's most entertaining oddballs will do that to you.
  • Led Zeppelin's face is either singer Robert Plant or guitarist/driving force Jimmy Page. Though the other two members avert anonimity for being virtuosos, working on sideprojects (in John Paul Jones' case) and dying tragically (in John Bonham's case).
  • The face of Namgar is Namgar Lharsanova.
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor and A Silver Mt. Zion are both represented by guitarist Efrim Menuck (aka That Guy With the Hair), despite his never intending to be the face of either. Godspeed is an interesting case, since Menuck doesn't even sing in it. He probably earned the most attention simply because he's the member who interacts with the press most often, and because of his wild hair.
  • blink-182 has two faces (as both sing), guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus. The drummer, Travis Barker, earns most recognition from non-musical stuff (a reality show and nearly dying in a plane accident).
  • Godforbid might as well be That Handsome Devil. This is mostly a byproduct of the elusive nature of the band; most people only know Godforbid because he has the snazzy nickname and all of the press interviews, however few and far between they are. His voice and stage persona are also two of the main distinguishing features of the band, so this is kind of a given. A few people also remember Naoko due to The Smurfette Principle, and some can recall Jeremy Page as "the other stable member" (he plays virtually all the instruments on the albums).
  • Okay, a slight subversion: who knows anybody from the Yardbirds other than Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page? Well, there was the one who was fatally electrocuted by an improperly grounded amplifier... and... another who was responsible for producing some albums by Cat Stevens... and... uh..
  • Shiv-r is Pete Crane and possibly his wife, Wendy. It's fairly justified in that Lee hasn't appeared in the music videos and has played a grand total of one live show.
  • Porcupine Tree. Steven Wilson, and....
  • Guano Apes is Sandra Nasić and three guys. This is despite the fact that the lineup has been the same since the beginning, and they were the ones who formed the band while Sandra joined later.
  • Given that Grant Lee Phillips was the lead singer of Grant Lee Buffalo, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a guy whose surname was Buffalo and his backing band.
  • The Basics is that band Gotye and some other guys are in.
  • Florence + the Machine is described as "Florence Welch and whoever is standing near her who can play an instrument". The only one to earn some recognition is the other part of the name, keyboardist\songwriter\producer Isabella "Machine" Summers - though even her role as a creative partner of Florence is becoming less prominent.
  • Can is Damo Suzuki to many people. An interesting case, as they had nearly the same lineup, except with different singers that changed over the years. Damo is best remembered due to being...eclectic and the band's best work comes from the Damo era.
  • From First To Last is Skrill.....I mean, Sonny Moore, Matt Good... and some other people. (No, Wes Borland was never an official member.)
    • In recent times, Travis Richter has gotten some more attention, mostly stemming from his involvement with the prog metal band The Human Abstract.
  • Sick Puppies is Shimon Moore, Emma Anzai, and, err...the other guy. After Shim parted ways with the group, the band put Emma front and center in the cover of their first single without him, "Stick To Your Guns".
  • After Sleater-Kinney's reunion, this seems to be the case for Carrie Brownstein due to her fame in Portlandia.
  • Everclear is Art Alexakis and... good luck naming the other two members, let alone their replacements.
  • Adam Ant in Adam and the Ants. Hardcore fans are usually able to also name-check guitarist Marco Pirroni, who has been Ant's closest collaborator since 1980, even after the band broke up. The others could have just been extras in pirate costumes for all the recognition they received. In fact it's the future backing band of Bow Wow Wow. Once again, they got overshadowed, this time by Annabella Lwin.
  • Dead Sara is lead singer/rhythm guitarist Emily Armstrong if you know anybody, lead guitarist Siouxsie Medley if you've read their wikipedia page, and the rhythm section/Those Two Guysnote  to all but the most hardcore fans. Somewhat justified as Emily and Siouxsie started the band as teenagers and recorded and wrote a fair amount of material before they added the other two and additionally they handle most of the press stuff. Also, Emily is the one that appears on Courtney Love albums and has played live with The Offspring and The Doors.
  • Korean band FT Island, aka "Lee Hongki and those guys" according to the casual kpop fan. One website even took it a step further and published a news article titled "Lee Hong Ki and FTIsland's 2015 FTIslandxThanx Tour is coming to the US!" Because Hongki is totally not their main vocalist already.
  • Perhaps more subjectively, Status Quo nowadays is Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and three other people. Although back in the band's "Frantic Four" heyday, all four members of the band were equally well known.
  • Good luck finding somebody from Mungo Jerry who isn't Mung- uh, Ray Dorset.
  • The Seeds were Sky Saxon... and three other guys whose names are redlinked on The Other Wiki.
  • Davy Jones and the Lower Third contained David Bowie before Space Oddity... and three guys no one cares about anymore.
  • The Byrds were Roger McGuinn, possibly David Crosby, Gram Parsons for a little while, and... hello?
  • Echosmith is Sydney Sierota and her brothers.
  • Gorillaz: Damon Albarn is the face of the real-life group (in fact it's practically a solo project); 2-D is the face of the cartoon band.
  • T. Rex was Marc Bolan and (Error 404 Rest of T. Rex Not Found).
  • Royal Blood is an aversion. If you can name bass-playing lead vocalist Mike Kerr, then you can probably also name drummer Ben Thatcher. It's easy to know all the member when there's only two, have distinct appearances, and have short, easily remembered names.
  • The Summer Set is Brian Dales, Jess Bowen, and three other guys.
  • We Are The In Crowd — a.k.a Tay Jardine and four guys that nobody cares about.
  • Tonight Alive is just Jenna McDougall to most people.
  • Which members of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats can you name?
  • Marmozets is Becca Macintyre and a bunch of guys. They might know that two of them are brothers and the other two are her brothers.
  • Alabama Shakes = Brittany Howard and a bunch of white guys.
  • Kuba Sienkiewicz for the Polish band Elektryczne Gitary.
  • Relient K = Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes. As of 2015, they're the only two official members, as they've been a Revolving Door Band over the years. (They've had 6 drummers, 4 bassists, a former rhythm guitarist - Hoopes has since taken over this role - not to mention several former touring musicians when the state of the official band was in flux.)
  • The Pretty Reckless. They're more than just Taylor Momsen, you know.
  • Can you name a member of Pvris who isn't Lynn Gunn? Didn't think so.
  • A casual fan of Finnish Alternative Rockers Poets of the Fall may only be familiar with Marko Saaresto, the lead vocalist and lyricist. He gets the meatiest roles in videos, and since he's rather fluent in English, functionally serves as The Face for the group, often being interviewed solo, or doing the lion's share of talking.
  • Subverted with The Moody Blues. While Justin Hayward and John Lodge are so recognizable that people often forget they have replaced the original guitarist and bassist of the band (with said guitarist becoming a member of Paul McCartney's Wings), it's generally perceived by hardcore fans that the Moodies as a whole have lost something with mellotronist Mike Pinder's departure.
  • DOROTHY is Dorothy Martin... and her backing band? Admittedly, it would already be an example having a female vocalist in the front of male instrumentalists, but when you name the band after your lead singer you're just asking for this trope.
  • Thursday is Geoff Rickly, and, er...um...the other guys.
  • Geoff is also this for the band United Nations in a literal sense - at the conception of the band, all members except Geoff were under contract with various labels and legally couldn't appear on releases by other labels, and the band has continued to keep their members anonymous ever since, to the point that the band appear in promotional pictures wearing Ronald Reagan masks. When they were sent a C&D letter by the actual United Nations, the organization listed approximately 30 people who they suspected as possible band members. The only other current member of the group whose identity is well known is co-founder and drummer Jonah Bayer, but that's largely because his sister is former Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer.
    • That being said, a few members have been named in interviews long after their time in the band, such as Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Ben Koller of Converge.
  • Speaking of Daryl Palumbo, Glassjaw is Daryl Palumbo and pretty much just whoever happens to be within 20 miles of him and can play an instrument.
  • Stone Poneys got hit hard with this trope. Many of their songs are often erroneously credited to Linda Ronstadt as a solo act, and their self-titled debut album was later reissued under the name "Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt" in order to capitalize on her solo success.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival was John Fogerty and... Although back in the day, even that wasn't a guarantee - reporters would show up to interview them and not even know which one was John Fogerty.
    Todd in the Shadows: People didn't have a clue who the other guys in the band were. They barely knew the main guy in the band! Like, what's his name? I got a young viewership, so a giant chunk of you don't even know.
  • The Mountain Goats is essentially a John Darnielle solo project with various collaborators. He has, though, kept the same bassist now for more than fifteen years and the same drummer for over ten.

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