Who were the Fab Five?

Revised Answer

The group nickname Fab Five is a play on the Fab Four, a famous nickname for The Beatles. It has since been applied to the following:

* The members of 1980s pop band Duran Duran:

Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, and Roger Taylor

* The starters on the University of Michigan men's basketball team that played in the NCAA championship game as freshmen in 1992 and again as sophomores in 1993, losing both times:

Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson

* The rap crew "The Fab 5", founded in 1995:

Rock, Ruck, Starang Wondah, Louieville Sluggah, and Top Dog

* The five midfielders for Australian Football League club Brisbane Lions in 2001, 2002 and 2003:

Michael Voss, Nigel Lappin, Simon Black, Jason Akermanis, Luke Power

* The hosts of the television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, launched in 2003:

Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez

Similar names

* The Fabulous Five (who predated the Beatles by more than a decade) were the starting players on the University of Kentucky men's basketball team that won the 1948 NCAA championship, as well as the gold medal in 1948 Olympic basketball:

Alex Groza, Ralph Beard, Kenny Rollins, Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, Cliff Barker

* The Hibs Famous Five was a group of forwards who played football for Edinburgh's Hibernian from 1949 to 1955:

Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone, Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull, Willie Ormond

* The Thad Five is the highly touted 2006-07 men's basketball recruiting class at Ohio State University. It is named after OSU head coach Thad Matta:

Greg Oden, Daequan Cook, Mike Conley Jr., David Lighty and Othello Hunter.