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Build Your Own Supergroup

Build and name your own supergroup. Who would be in the band and what would they sound like?

The term "supergroup" was first coined in the '60s for bands like Cream, Blind Faith, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Since then, supergroups of all shapes and sizes have cropped up, from classic rock acts like Journey to folk collectives like The Traveling Wilburys. Sometimes it's a last-ditch effort, like Audioslave's attempt to live off the laurels of Rage Against The Machine. Sometimes it's for charity, like Band Aid, or the fleeting single by Dionne & Friends.

Sometimes, it's just plain surprising. Personally, I was pretty shocked to hear the lineup of the recently formed group Them Crooked Vultures. Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Josh Homme were a no brainer. They've played together before in Queens Of The Stone Age. But Led Zeppelin multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones? I never would have guessed.

Them Crooked Vultures play their song "Elephants" at the Reading Festival in 2009

Most recently, I've been listening to the supergroup Monsters of Folk, which rolled together members of Bright Eyes with M. Ward and My Morning Jacket's Jim James.

M.O.F. perform a studio session of their song, "Temezcal"

So form your own supergroup. Tell us who'd be in it and what it'd sound like. Cross generations, cross genres, alive or dead, we don't care. Someone once told me that they thought Lil' Wayne would have a beautiful voice for folk music.

Note: Will Butler is the current All Songs Considered intern, for the Winter quarter at NPR.