Can you name the band from their member timeline?

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Can you name the band from their member timeline?

It sounds easy. It absolutely is not easy

Making great music is not easy.

You need the right style, the right timing, plenty of talent and the right look – and even then it might not be enough. Because you need that all-important, magic quality: a combination of personalities that will add up to more than the sum of its parts.

Sometimes you strike gold straight away, but sometimes it takes a lineup change or two to get it just right, leading to a host of bands having family trees that stretch out like giant oaks.

So can you identify your birch from your weeping willow? Or, to stop messing about with metaphors, can you spot the band from the history of its members?

Take a look at the timelines below, taken from their Wikipedia page – with only dates, releases and initials of the bandmembers to guide you – and see how many you can correctly identify – the answers are at the bottom.

(Credit to Joel De’ath for the idea!)

1. US Indie/rock

2. UK indie

3. US/UK soft rock

4. US R&B/pop

5. US rap

6. US metal

7. US grunge

8. UK pop

9. UK indie/rock

10. UK pop

11. UK indie/electronic

12. UK rock ‘n’ roll












  1. R.E.M.
  2. Arctic Monkeys
  3. Fleetwood Mac
  4. Destiny’s Child
  5. N.W.A.
  6. Metallica
  7. Nirvana
  8. Sugababes
  9. Oasis
  10. Take That
  11. New Order
  12. Rolling Stones

(Image: Rex)


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Dave Fawbert staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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