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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bassists Want More Sex Because They Get Less Money, Music Prof. Says

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​What's behind that horndog bassist in your band? Finally, someone has found the answer.

Wendy Fonarow Tuesday, aka The (UK) Guardian's "Indie Professor," answered a question in her column today about whether indie bands make money (short answer: they don't). But after surveying the painful realities of today's music industry, she ended with a surprising factoid:

If [bands] don't divide the publishing [royalties] fairly, you'll have two people living in a house and two who are basically homeless. This will eventually result in the breakup of the band. The disparity in funds and prestige also impacts on the sexual politics of bands, with musicians disproportionately taking advantage of sex available on the road. Counter-intuitively, rhythm section members, who are less likely to receive material rewards, are more likely to pursue carnal ones.

Now, this runs counter to the sexual politics we had always envisioned, which has spotlight-loving singers chasing tail to satisfy their own vanity. But really, it makes sense. Drummers and bassists aren't called "the rhythm section" for nothing.

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