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Pop Music: Groups

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Formed in Sydney, 1973, by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young Click to show or hide the answer
Sweden's third most successful chart act (after Abba and Roxette): debut album Happy Nation (1993) and the first single from it, All That She Wants, both reached No. 1 in the UK Click to show or hide the answer
Walk This Way: Run–DMC, backed by (its originators) Click to show or hide the answer
Morten Harket is the lead singer of (Norwegian group) Click to show or hide the answer
Sisters Natalie and Nicole Appleton, Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis: five UK No. 1s, 1998–2000, the first and biggest being Never Ever (24 weeks on the chart, but only one at No. 1) Click to show or hide the answer
German group, wrote and recorded Forever Young (covered by numerous artistes, and famously adapted by Jay–Z in 2009); but their only UK hit was Big in Japan (No. 8, 1984) Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a weekly disco session in Cardiff; same name as a series of holes on the US Masters golf course at Augusta, which is named after a poem written around 1900 by Thomas Chalmers Harbaugh, made into a "country gospel" song in 1960 by Archie Campbell – covers include Jim Reeves Click to show or hide the answer
A Horse With No Name (1971) was a US No. 1, and No. 3 in the UK (their only UK Top 10 hit), for Click to show or hide the answer
Eric Burdon (vocals), Alan Price (keyboards), Hilton Valentine (guitar), Chas Chandler (bass), John Steel (drums); formed in Newcastle–upon–Tyne in 1962–3 Click to show or hide the answer
Progressive rock band, formed in Greece in 1967: featured Vangelis (Papathanassiou – keyboards) and Demis Roussos (bass guitar and vocals) Click to show or hide the answer
Danish–Norwegian dance–pop band: three consecutive UK No. 1s, 1997–8, starting with Barbie Girl Click to show or hide the answer
Fictional (cartoon) band, whose third single (Sugar Sugar, 1969 – performed by session musicians) went to No. 1 in the UK, USA and Canada Click to show or hide the answer
Had hits with Duane Eddy, Max Headroom and Tom Jones Click to show or hide the answer
Elizabeth McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton, Kerry Katona (Jennifer Frost replaced Katona from 2001 until the split in 2004, but the founders reformed in 2012 for ITV's The Big Reunion and have stayted together to tour with existing material) Click to show or hide the answer
Roddy Frame is Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a hairstyle that was named after an aeroplane Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Rodgers (formerly of Free – vocals), Mick Ralphs (formerly of Mott the Hoople – guitar), Boz Burrell (formerly of King Crimson – bass), Simon Kirke (formerly of Free – drums); name inspired by a 1972 Jeff Bridges film; managed by Peter Grant, who went on to manage Led Zeppelin Click to show or hide the answer
British pop–rock band, signed to the Beatles' Apple label. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Pete Ham, co–writer of Nilsson's smash hit Without You, committed suicide by hanging in 1975, leaving a note that included damning comments about the band's American commercial manager, Stan Polley Click to show or hide the answer
Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Sarah Dullin; name inspired by the titles of a children's TV programme (Banana Splits) and a Roxy Music song (Pyjamarama); first recorded the song Young at Heart, which was a UK No. 1 for the Bluebells Click to show or hide the answer
Originally known as The Hawks; film of their farewell concert (The Last Waltz) directed by Martin Scorsese Click to show or hide the answer
Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox (bass), Buddy Miles (drums): ill–fated contractual obligation band formed following the break–up of the Experience; dolls of Brian Jones, John Peel and Bob Dylan were depicted on the UK album sleeve Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a town in Michigan, chosen by throwing a dart at a map Click to show or hide the answer
Originally called Carl and the Passions; founder members included brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson Click to show or hide the answer
Started out as children in Manchester, under the name of The Rattlesnakes Click to show or hide the answer
Formed 1988 by former Housemartins Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway; Briana Corrigan (first), Jacqui Abbott (later) and Alison Wheeler (even later) also sang; split in 2007, citing "musical similarities" Click to show or hide the answer
Dion's backing group on Teenager in Love Click to show or hide the answer
Formed by Mick Jones after The Clash split up Click to show or hide the answer
Australian Abba tribute band Click to show or hide the answer
US R&B group: William Adams (will.i.am, pronounced "Will I Am"), Allan Pineda Lindo (apl.de.ap, pronounced "Apple Dee App"), Stacey Ann Ferguson (Fergie) and Jaime Luis Gomez (Taboo); named after the seed of the Vigna sinensis plant Click to show or hide the answer
John "Ozzy" Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Terence "Geezer" Butler (bass), Bill Ward (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Chris Stein (guitar), Jimmy Destri (keyboards), Gary Valentine (bass) and Clem Burke (drums) are the four original instrumentalists in Click to show or hide the answer
Vivian Stanshall and Neil Innes were leading members of; made their television debut on Blue Peter in 1966, performing Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey; also appeared in every edition of Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967–9) Click to show or hide the answer
1990s pop–rock band, named after a neighbour of the Finches in To Kill a Mocking Bird (by Harper Lee) Click to show or hide the answer
Ronan (Keating), Shane, Stephen (Gateley), Mikey, Keith Click to show or hide the answer
Yorkshire–based brass band, reached No. 2 with the traditional tune The Floral Dance (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Los Angeles in 1966: Stephen Stills and Neil Young were founder members Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1976 at Bolton Institute of Technology (now Bolton University) by Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley (real names Howard Trafford and Peter McNeish) Click to show or hide the answer
Electronic dance trio – name is slang for taking ecstasy and LSD at the same time – reached No. 3 in 1990 with a cover of Strawberry Fields Forever – now a 'rave classic' Click to show or hide the answer
Ed Simons, Tom Rowlands Click to show or hide the answer
Before going solo, Enya was a member of Click to show or hide the answer
Hits with Yakkety Yak and Charlie Brown (both 1959) Click to show or hide the answer
Founded 1996 at University College London by Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland; early names included Pectoralz and Starfish. Debut album and single 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Four Irish siblings (Jim, Andrea, Caroline, Sharon) – awarded honorary MBEs 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
Eric Clapton (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass guitar and vocals), Ginger Baker (drums) – formed 1966; the first supergroup, according to Rolling Stone (1969) Click to show or hide the answer
John Fogerty was the leader of, and his brother Tom was rhythm guitarist in Click to show or hide the answer
Dave Vanian (vocals), Brian James (guitar), Captain Sensible (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Rat Scabies (drums): original line–up of Click to show or hide the answer
Named after the manager of the football team they support Click to show or hide the answer
Brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins were vocalists and guitarists in Click to show or hide the answer
David Harman, Trevor Ward–Davies, John Dymond, Michael Wilson, Ian Amey Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Glasgow in 1985; named after a Steely Dan song; twin vocalists Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Pete Burns was the singer, songwriter and frontman of Click to show or hide the answer
Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord |(keyboards), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums): most successful line–up of Click to show or hide the answer
Formed Sheffield 1977; drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in a car crash on the Snake Pass, New Year's Eve 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Formed 1980 in Basildon, Essex; original line–up Dave Gahan (vocals), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar), Andy Fletcher (keyboards), Vince Clarke (keyboards); greatest hits include Precious, People are People, Barrel of a Gun Click to show or hide the answer
Members included Eric Clapton and Gregg Allman Click to show or hide the answer
Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams (1990–2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Texas country group, founded 1989 by sisters Martie and Emily Irwin – now known by their respective married names, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison; Natalie Maines joined 1995 and became lead singer; caused controversy in 2003 by criticising George W. Bush on the eve of the invasion of Iraq Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a 1954 book by Aldous Huxley (which itself took its title from a poem by William Blake) Click to show or hide the answer
Formed at Wilmslow High School in 1985; had a No. 1 album in 2002 with The Last Broadcast Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1992 in Derry (Londonderry); biggest hit Things can Only Get Better (released in 1993, reached No. 1 in 1994 after they supported Take That; used by the Labour party as their "theme song" for the 1997 general election); included Brian Cox, later to find greater fame as a TV presenter after gaining his PhD in high energy particle physics at Manchester University; split in 1997 Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1971 in Canvey Island, Essex, by Wilko Johnson (guitar), Lee Brilleaux (vocals) and John 'Sparko' Sparks (bass); soon added John Martin (drums); took their name from a 1962 record by the US blues pianist and singer Willie Perryman (also known as 'Piano Red'); known for their distinctively British 'pub rock' R&B sound, centred on Johnson's choppy guitar style Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in New Jersey, in 1967, by three 'Southerners': George Cummings (guitar), Ray Sawyer (vocals) and Billy Francis (keyboards); then added Dennis Locorriere on lead vocals; dropped the second part of their name in 1975 Click to show or hide the answer
Echo and the Bunnymen: Echo was a Click to show or hide the answer
Same name as a novel by James Joyce Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Birmingham, 1978; named after a character in the 1968 film Barbarella Click to show or hide the answer
Don Henley and Joe Walsh were both in Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1971; also included Philip Bailey on vocals Click to show or hide the answer
Named after the London postcode area that its members come from (Walthamstow) Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a Roland drum machine Click to show or hide the answer
Took their name from a line in the TV drama The Singing Detective, when a character calls it the most sensuous word in the English language; it's also the name of the Duke's constable in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure Click to show or hide the answer
Brothers Danny and Richard McNamara are founder–members of (Yorkshire–based Indy Rock band) Click to show or hide the answer
Vince Bell and Andy Clarke Click to show or hide the answer
Formed 1992; Louise Nurding (later Redknapp – first album only); Kéllé Bryan (sacked 1998); sisters Easther (sic) and Vernie Bennett; split 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox; evolved from The Tourists; named after a method of teaching music and dance devised by Emile Jacques–Delcroze (possibly two separate methods – Eurythmy and Eurhythmics) Click to show or hide the answer
Before joining the Rolling Stones, Ron (Ronnie) Wood was a member of Click to show or hide the answer
Seminal British folk–rock group, formed in London in 1967 by Ashley Hutchings and Simon Nicol, with Richard Thompson on lead guitar Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Originally included James Brown; later often regarded as his backing band, although this is an over–simplification Click to show or hide the answer
Commonly–used abbreviation of a well–known British expletive, adopted by the Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand and the quirky American pop–rock band Sparks as the name of the 'supergroup' that they formed in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Leader quit the music business, leaving the drummer and bass guitarist (after whom the group was now named); John McVie married Christine Perfect 1970, and she joined the band (keyboards) soon after; Lindsey Buckingham (guitar & vocals) and Stevie Nicks (lead vocals) joined 1975 Click to show or hide the answer
New Wave band, formed in Liverpool in 1979 by brothers Mike and Alistair Score (keyboards & vocals, and drums, respectively); famous for Mike's sculpted hairstyle – biggest hit Wishing (If I had a photograph of you), 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
The Ivy League (Tossing and Turning, 1965) changed their name in 1967, for one single and one album, to Click to show or hide the answer
Top Ten hit with Money, previously most famous as a Beatles LP track, in 1979 Click to show or hide the answer
Dutch group, had instrumental hits in 1973 with Sylvia and Hocus Pocus Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1994 by Dave Grohl, drummer of Nirvana (who sings, plays guitar and writes); name is a term used by Allied pilots during World War II to refer to UFOs Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Rodgers (vocals), Paul Kossoff (guitar), Andy Fraser (bass), Simon Kirke (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean (wye–clef – "Jean" as in the French boy's name) and Pras Michel Click to show or hide the answer
Early 1980s vocal group: Terry Hall (later lead singer with The Specials), Neville Staple, Lynval Golding Click to show or hide the answer
Formed at Charterhouse School in 1967; first successful line–up was Peter Gabriel (vocals), Mike Rutherford (bass and guitar), Steve Hackett (guitar), Tony Banks (keyboards), Phil Collins (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Cheryl Cole (nee Tweedy), Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh Click to show or hide the answer
2Hats, Maggot, Billy Webb, Eggsy, Mystikal, Mike Balls, Adam Hussain (satirical/comedy rap group from Newport, Monmouthshire) Click to show or hide the answer
Group of cartoon characters set to music by Damon Albarn Click to show or hide the answer
Jerry Garcia was the lead guitarist and front man of Click to show or hide the answer
Jesus of Suburbia (UK No. 17, 2005) holds the record for the longest performance on Top of the Pops (9 minutes 10 seconds) Click to show or hide the answer
Nick Heyward started in Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1969 by Dave Brock, who remains the only constant member; Lemmy played bass 1972–5 Click to show or hide the answer
Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, Noel Sullivan, Kym Marsh (replaced by Johnny Shentall February 2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Members originally belonged to an early incarnation of Human League; named after a fictional group in A Clockwork Orange Click to show or hide the answer
Country supergroup, 1985–95: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson Click to show or hide the answer
Before joining Crosby and Stills, Graham Nash was in Click to show or hide the answer
Name was a pun on the drummer's name (nickname?) and one of the tools of their former trade (hairdressing) Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in 1983 by Paul Heaton (later of The Beautiful South); Norman Cook (Fat Boy Slim) joined in 1985 on bass; often referred to themselves as "the fourth best band in Hull' Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1977 in Sheffield, since when Phil Oakey (vocals, songwriting) has been the only constant member; Martyn Ware and Ian Craig (both keyboards) left in 1980 to form Heaven 17, after which Oakey recruited Susan Ann Sulley (17) and Joanne Catherall (18) as singers and dancers; third album Dare (1981) became one of the defining albums of synthpop Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in 1965 by Billy Connolly and guitarist Tam Harvey; Gerry Rafferty joined in 1969, after which Harvey left; split up in 1971 Click to show or hide the answer
Formed by Steve Marriott after the Small Faces broke up Click to show or hide the answer
British heavy metal band, named after a presumed, though probably fictional, mediaeval torture device with a hinged front and spikes inside, into which the victim could be inserted); has a grotesque mascot called Eddie the Head Click to show or hide the answer
US vocal group, had the original hit with This Old Heart of Mine Click to show or hide the answer
Female vocal group formed in 1974 to back Bob Marley & the Wailers, after Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left – included Marley's wife Rita Click to show or hide the answer
Jackie (born 1951), Tito (1953), Jermaine (1954), Marlon (1957), Michael (1958); Randy (1961) joined from 1975; first hit was I Want You Back in 1969 Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Weller (guitar, vocals, songwriting); Bruce Foxton (bass), Rick Buckler (drums); formed in Woking (Surrey) in 1972, split in 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
Name is also used for a broken match used to hold a joint that has become too hot to hold in the fingers; this may or may not be where the band got the name from Click to show or hide the answer
Alternative rock band: formed in 1983, in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, by brothers Jim and William Reid Click to show or hide the answer
Named after the inventor of the seed drill (a leading light of the Agricultural Revolution, 1674–1741) Click to show or hide the answer
Included Noel Redding (bass guitar) and Mitch Mitchell (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Became New Order after lead singer (Ian Curtis) hanged himself in the kitchen of his Macclesfield home; name comes from the novel House of Dolls by Karol Cetensky, where it refers to the deported women who serve as prostitutes for German troops Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a Soweto football club (group members are Leeds United fans; this is the club from which Lucas Radebe joined Leeds in 1994 – note minor spelling change) Click to show or hide the answer
Named after Charles Manson's getaway driver (first name Linda) Click to show or hide the answer
TV spin–off group: had three Top Ten albums (including a No. 1), 1982–3, and Top Ten hits with Hi–Fidelity and Starmaker in 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
Robert Fripp (guitar), Greg Lake (bass, vocals), Michael Giles (drums), Ian McDonald (saxophone, clarinet, flute), Pete Sinfield (synthesiser): original line–up of Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999: brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill (rhythm guitar, drums, bass) and their cousin Matthew (lead guitar); Caleb sings lead vocals, the other three backing vocals Click to show or hide the answer
Brothers Ray and Dave Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory Click to show or hide the answer
Known for using face paint and stage outfits, members took on the personae of comic book–style characters: the Starchild (rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Paul Stanley), the Demon (bass guitarist and vocalist Gene Simmons), the Spaceman or Space Ace (lead guitarist Paul 'Ace' Frehley), and the Catman (drummer Peter Criss) Click to show or hide the answer
Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cautey – they later formed the K Foundation, which burnt £1 million in the name of art Click to show or hide the answer
Name is German for 'power plant' Click to show or hide the answer
Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid (she sings and plays keyboards; both write and produce) are Click to show or hide the answer
Toured Scandinavia in 1968 as The New Yardbirds – but were rescued by Keith Moon, who suggested that the band would go down like a … Click to show or hide the answer
2007 reunion concert, in memory of Atlantic Records co–founder Ahmet Ertegun, who had died almost 12 months previously aged 83 (their first live performance since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, with his son Jason in his place) attracted 20 million online ticket applications, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest demand for tickets for one music concert
Formed by the five losing finalists from ITV's original Popstars series (2001); split 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
The only group with a mother and son to have a UK chart hit Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1969 in Los Angeles by singer–songwriter and guitarist Lowell George (formerly of the Mothers of Invention – died in 1979 of a heroin overdose); named by Jimmy Page in 1975 as his "favourite American band" Click to show or hide the answer
Chris Foreman, Lee Thompson and Chas Smash are (or were) members of Click to show or hide the answer
Formed by Howard DeVoto after leaving the Buzzcocks, 1977; also included critically–acclaimed Scottish guitarist John McGeoch Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Jones and Mike d'Abo were lead singers for; Klaus Voormann, who designed the cover of the Beatles' Revolver album, was the bass player in Click to show or hide the answer
Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd; named after Michael J. Fox's character in the Back to the Future films Click to show or hide the answer
Australian band, best known for Down Under (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Alesha Dixon, Su–Elise Nash, Sabrina Washington (1999–2005); also Zena McNally (1999–2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Sheffield–based dance–pop duo, 1995–2004; name taken from A Clockwork Orange, originally Russian for 'milk' Click to show or hide the answer
Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork Click to show or hide the answer
Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals), Denny Laine (guitar, vocals), Mike Pinder (keyboards), John Lodge (bass), Graeme Edge (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Vince Neil (vocals), Tommy Lee (drums), Nikki Sixx (bass), Mick Mars (guitar): most successful line–up of Click to show or hide the answer
Formed by Ian "Lemmy" Kilminster 1975, after he was fired from Hawkwind "for taking the wrong drugs". He wanted to call it Bastard, but settled on the title of the last song he wrote for Hawkwind, – an alternative slang term for "speed freak" (someone addicted to amphetamines). Classic line–up (1976–82): Lemmy (bass, vocals), "Fast" Eddie Clarke (guitar), Phil Taylor (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Sued by prime minister Harold Wilson for depicting him naked on an album cover Click to show or hide the answer
Named after one of the cats from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (T. S. Eliot); fronted by Ray Dorset; first two singles (In the Summertime 1970, Baby Jump 1971) went to No. 1 in the UK Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Teignmouth, Devon, in 1994: Matthew Bellamy (guitar, vocals), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass), Dominic Howard (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in 1987: named after an episode of The Goon Show; unusually features two bass guitarists Click to show or hide the answer
Brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight were founder members of Click to show or hide the answer
Manchester–based group, formed in 1980 by the remaining members of Joy Division after the suicide of singer Ian Curtis; collaborated with England's 1990 World Cup squad on World in Motion Click to show or hide the answer
Started as backing group to P. P. Arnold Click to show or hide the answer
Trent Reznor is the only permanent member of Click to show or hide the answer
Justin Timberlake was the lead singer of (1995–2002 – they announced a "temporary hiatus" in 2002 but by 2007 it was looking pretty final) Click to show or hide the answer
Led by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher; other founder members were Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar), and Tony McCarroll (drums); named after a leisure centre in Swindon (from an Inspiral Carpets tour poster that the Gallaghers had on their bedroom wall); Noel was a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets Click to show or hide the answer
 Had hits with Back Stabbers (1972) and Love Train (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Alan (born 1949, rhythm guitar), Wayne (1951, lead guitar), Merrill (1953, bass), Jay (1955, drums), Donny (1957, keyboards); first hit 1971 (1972 in UK) Click to show or hide the answer
One of several "projects" created by singer, songwriter and multi–instrumentalist Adam Young: UK No. 1 in 2010 with Fireflies Click to show or hide the answer
1968–73: Bert Jansch (guitar, d. 2011), John Renbourn (guitar, d. 2015), Danny Thompson (double bass), Terry Cox (drums), Jacqui McShee (vocals): with folk, jazz, blues, early music and contemporary influences Click to show or hide the answer
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – met in a hi–fi shop on King's Road, Chelsea, 1981 Click to show or hide the answer
Roger Waters (bass guitar), Rick Wright (keyboards), Nick Mason (drums); Syd Barrett (guitar) was replaced by David Gilmour Click to show or hide the answer
Featured in a seminal 1972 concert documentary film, performing live (but with no audience) at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii
The Great Pretender, Only You, and Smoke Gets in your Eyes Click to show or hide the answer
Name derived from the Gaelic for 'kiss my arse' Click to show or hide the answer
Single Slow Hand – UK top 10 1981 (Eric Clapton had a similar album title) Click to show or hide the answer
Andy Summers (bass) and Stewart Copeland (drums) were members of Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Bristol in 1991 by Geoff Barrow, Adrian Utley and Beth Gibbons, and named after a nearby town: regarded as pioneers of trip–hop Click to show or hide the answer
Formed by Andy Taylor and John Taylor of Duran Duran in 1985 Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a Platters hit (The Great Pretender) Click to show or hide the answer
Twins Craig and Charlie Reid are Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a cat that belonged to a friend of their manager; name is "almost" Latin for 'beyond these things' Click to show or hide the answer
Formed by keyboard player and programmer Liam Howlett; features the charismatic dancer and singer Keith Flint; UK No. 1s with Firestarter and Breathe (both 1996); also No. 8 (1997) with the controversial Smack My Bitch Up – voted the third best dance track of all time by Mixmag readers (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Nicole Scherzinger (lead singer), Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, Kimberley Wyatt, Carmit Bachar Click to show or hide the answer
Russian feminist punk–rock protest group: three of its members were imprisoned in 2012, after being convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", after staging a performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in protest at the Orthodox Church leaders' support for Vladimir Putin during his election campaign Click to show or hide the answer
Freddie Mercury (vocals), Brian May (lead guitar), John Deacon (bass guitar), Roger Taylor (drums).
Originally called Smile; music featured in the stage show We Will Rock You
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Founded 1934 by Django Reinhardt (guitar) and Stephane Grappelli (violin) Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in Abingdon, Oxfordhire in 1985; former name On a Friday; Thom Yorke (vocals), brothers Jonny and Colin Greenwood (guitars), Phil Selway (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Liverpool–based group, appeared on Opportunity Knocks 1975; biggest hit You to Me are Everything (1976); follow–up Can't Get By Without You reached no. 2 Click to show or hide the answer
Michael Stipe (vocals), Bill Berry (drums – left 1997), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass): named after a physiological sign that someone is dreaming Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1969 by ex–Yardbirds Keith Relf (guitar, vocals) and Jim McCarty (drums); original line–up included Relf's sister Jane on lead vocals Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a 1911 fire engine designed by Ransom Eli Olds Click to show or hide the answer
Secretive avant–garde band, formed in 1974 in Shreveport, Louisiana Click to show or hide the answer
Bill Medley, Bobby Hatfield Click to show or hide the answer
Founded by the Fairbrass brothers (Richard and Fred), and Mark Hollins Click to show or hide the answer
Phil Manzanera (guitars), Brian Eno (synthesisers), Andy Mackay (various) and Paul Thompson (drums) were the musicians in the most successful line–up of Click to show or hide the answer
Rap group, covered Aerosmith's Walk This Way in 1986, with Steve Tyler and Joe Perry (of Aerosmith) guesting on vocals and guitar respectively Click to show or hide the answer
Ron Nasty, Dirk McQuickly, Stig O'Hara, Barry Wom (spoof group) Click to show or hide the answer
Australian band, named after a novel by Anne Rice Click to show or hide the answer
Mike McGear (real name Peter Michael McCartney), Roger McGough, John Gorman Click to show or hide the answer
Jake Shears, Babydaddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis, Paddy Boom Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1978 at Leeds College of Art and Design; front man (and only constant member) is Green Gartside; name is faux Italian for "political writing" Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a 1956 John Ford / John Wayne film Click to show or hide the answer
Johnny Rotten (John Lydon – vocals), Steve Jones (guitar), Glen Matlock, later Sid Vicious (bass), Paul Cook (drums); career documented in the film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle Click to show or hide the answer
Originally known as the Drifters – renamed in 1959 to avoid legal complications with the US vocal group of the same name; most famous line–up was Bruce Welch, Tony Meehan, Jet Harris (and Hank Marvin) – none of them original members Click to show or hide the answer
Siobhan Fahey, post–Bananarama – later joined by Marcella Detroit; named after a single by The Smiths, which was inspired by the writing of Virginia Woolf Click to show or hide the answer
Stars of Woodstock festival, performed as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers in the film version of Grease Click to show or hide the answer
Led by Jim Kerr; originally called Johnny and the Self–Abusers Click to show or hide the answer
Started as a punk band called the Frantic Elevators Click to show or hide the answer
Started in 1966 as The N'Betweens; Noddy Holder (lead vocals & guitar), Dave Hill (lead guitar), Jim Lea (bass), Don Powell (drums); first chart success 1971 Click to show or hide the answer
Steve Marriott (vocals), Ronnie Wood (guitar), Ronnie Lane (bass), Kenny Jones (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Guitarist (Johnny Marr) took exception to David Cameron choosing one of their records on Desert Island Discs in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Marc Almond and David Ball Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Canterbury, 1966; named after a novel by William S. Burroughs; founding line–up was Robert Wyatt (drums, vocals), Kevin Ayers (bass, guitar, vocals), Daevid Allen (guitar) and Mike Ratledge (organ); Ayers was replaced by Hugh Hopper (previously their roadie) after their first album Click to show or hide the answer
Megaman, MC Romeo, Oxide & Neutrino, Michael Harvey, Lisa Maffia (not necessarily all at the same time) and others: London–based "collective", 1998– Click to show or hide the answer
Featured the Kemp brothers, Gary (songwriter and lead guitar) and Martin (bass); both later became actors, with mixed success Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in Los Angeles 1971 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael; known for their intelligent, acerbic lyrics, and the contrast between Russell's wide–eyed hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's undemonstrative scowl Click to show or hide the answer
Formed Coventry 1977: founder, principal songwriter and keyboard player was Jerry Dammers, vocals Terry Hall Click to show or hide the answer

Spice Girls Baby Click to show or hide the answer
Ginger Click to show or hide the answer
Posh Click to show or hide the answer
Scary Click to show or hide the answer
Sporty Click to show or hide the answer

Fictional heavy metal band, featured in a 1984 spoof documentary ("if you will, rockumentary") film: David St. Hubbins (guitar and vocals), Nigel Tufnel (guitar), Derek Smalls (bass) Click to show or hide the answer
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please (1980); also Two little Boys Click to show or hide the answer
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were the singers and songwriters for Click to show or hide the answer
Evolved from a group called The Spectres, formed 1962 in a London comprehensive school; appeared 106 times on BBC TV's Top of the Pops – more than any other group (Cliff Richard holds the overall record with 160) Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a dildo in William Burroughs's Naked Lunch; Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were mainstays Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Toronto, 1967: named after a Herman Hesse novel Click to show or hide the answer
H (Ian Watkins), Lisa Scott–Lee, Lee Latchford–Evans, Claire Richards, Faye Tozer: 13 consecutive Top 5 singles, 1998–2001; No. 1s Heartbeat / Tragedy (Bee Gees cover) 1998, Stomp (2000); broke up on Boxing Day 2001 Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Weller's band, 1983–9 (after The Jam and before going solo) Click to show or hide the answer
Philadelphia soul group: same name as a branch of linguistics Click to show or hide the answer
Amelle Berrabah replaced Mutya Buena, 2005, in Click to show or hide the answer
Band that Bjork left to pursue a solo career Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Detroit 1959 as the Primettes; signed with Motown 1960 as …; original members Diana Ross, Florence Ballard (d. 1976) and Mary Wilson Click to show or hide the answer
Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Jason Orange (left 2014), Robbie Williams (left 1995). Formed in 1990, split in 1996, reformed 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
Originally called The Elgins Click to show or hide the answer
Had a hit with Neanderthal Man as Hotlegs, then decided they preferred a name based on the average amount of semen ejaculated by a man Click to show or hide the answer
Matt Johnson is Click to show or hide the answer
Originally called The High Numbers Click to show or hide the answer
Named after two characters in Herge's Adventures of Tintin (sort of – the characters were actually called Thomson and Thompson – Dupont et Dupond on French) Click to show or hide the answer
Tionne 'T–Boz' Watkins, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes (died in a road accident 2002, aged 30), Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas Click to show or hide the answer
Dance group formed in 1981 by husband and wife Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, as David Byrne experimented with world music and extra percussionists Click to show or hide the answer
Before Eurythmics, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox (with Peet Coombes) were Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a Vulcan priestess (in Star Trek) Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1988 by Bob Dylan (Lucky/Boo), Roy Orbison (Lefty), George Harrison (Nelson/Spike), Jeff Lynne (Otis/Clayton), Tom Petty (Charlie/Muddy) (Names as used on Vol 1 / Vol 3) Click to show or hide the answer
Named after Harry Dean Stanton's character in the film Paris, Texas Click to show or hide the answer
Brian Poole's backing group – later had seven UK Top Ten hits (and one No. 1) in their own right Click to show or hide the answer
Once described as "the eighth best British group of the 1960s": their only UK No. 1 single was With A Girl Like You (1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Ray Slijngaard and Anita Dels (1980s Dutch Eurodance duo) Click to show or hide the answer
Bono (Paul Hewson, vocals & guitar), The Edge (Dave Evans, guitar), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), Larry Mullen Jr. (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Chose a name that echoes that of a US surveillance aircraft (although the latter is hyphenated, and the band was not actually named after the aircraft – they claim to have chosen it from a list suggested by a friend, as the one they disliked least)
Attracted criticism in September 2014 when they made an album available free of charge to all iTunes users
Named after an unemployment benefit form Click to show or hide the answer
Tony Blair fronted, while at Oxford Click to show or hide the answer
Named after a character in Dickens' David Copperfield; first album entitled Very 'eavy, very 'umble in a reference to that character's description of himself Click to show or hide the answer
Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt Click to show or hide the answer
Lou Reed (vocals, guitar); John Cale (vocals, guitar); Sterling Morrison (vocals, guitar), Maureen Tucker (drums): classic line–up of Click to show or hide the answer
British R 'n' B band, 1971–4: launched the careers of both Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer; its name was the nickname of a WWII US army general (Joseph Stilwell) Click to show or hide the answer
Indie rock group from Warrington; all four members, and their manager, died when their car fell through a gap in a bridge in Sweden in February 2016; their self–titled debut album reached No. 1 in August 2016, one week after release; their debut single, Swings & Waterslides, had reached No. 11 in 2015 Click to show or hide the answer
Originally formed in Co. Sligo; reformed in Dublin, 1998, when Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh became involved. Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Brian McFadden (left 2004) Click to show or hide the answer
First Western pop group to tour China (1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Husband and wife Jack White (born John Gillis) and Megan White are Click to show or hide the answer
Roger Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (lead guitar and principal songwriter), John Entwistle (bass), Keith Moon (drums) Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in 1959 as the Detours; later known as the High Numbers, but only after adopting the name by which they eventually achieved fame (to which they reverted after their first single failed to make the charts)
Glam Rock group led by Roy Wood – formed after he left Electric Light Orchestra over musical differences with Jeff Lynne Click to show or hide the answer
Took their name from the nickname of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker Click to show or hide the answer
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page were all members (at different times) of
Vince Clarke (formerly of Depeche Mode) and Alison Moyet Click to show or hide the answer
Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Tony Banks (keyboards), Chris Squire (bass), Bill Bruford (drums): original line–up of Click to show or hide the answer
"Acid jazz" group: only hit was Apparently Nothing (1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Top 20 hits with She's Not There in 1964 and Time of the Season in 1969; Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone were both members of Click to show or hide the answer
Drummer Frank Beard was the only one without a (spectacular) beard, in Click to show or hide the answer

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