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Musician Listing Order...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Unrepresented, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    How did the standard way of listing the musicians come to be? It seems that with a few exceptions the listing of artists is: vocalists, guitarists, bassists, and finally drummers.

    Curious who decided that the rhythm section should go last?:|
  2. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    That order makes sense to me... You got the front guy, the one that plays most of the instrumental solos, the funny looking dude that rattles the floor boards and the funnier looking dude that hits stuff with sticks in a rhythmic manner. So in order of attention received by the audience from most to least.

    Except in Rush and other bands with singing bassists. Then the bassist is introduced first.
  3. Generally highest pitch to lowest.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...dunno; will say I have seen many R&B/Pop records of the '80s (stuff like Quincy Jones: The Dude, etc) that listed the sessioneers from the bottom up-

    Just ran up & pulled Steely Dan's Aja & Gaucho-
    Both list drums, bass, piano, guitar, etc.

    Here's "Third World Man"
    Drums: Steve Gadd
    Bass: Chuck Rainey
    Electric Piano: Joe Sample
    Electric, Acoustic Guitar: Steve Khan
    Solo Guitar: Larry Carlton
    Synth: Rob Mounsey

    Drums: Jim Keltner
    Bass: Chuck Rainey
    Electric Piano: Victor Feldman
    Guitars: Larry Carlton, Dean Parks
    Synth: Donald Fagen
    Percussion: Jim Keltner
    Backup Vocals: Donald Fagen, Tim Schmit
  5. As usual, you're obviously being screwed by the man...
  6. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    Unless you're Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten or the like.
  7. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Wasn't saying it was a universal system. Music's full of outlaws.;)
    Just as I'd suspected!:|
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...the outlaws got it right!

    Will say when I did read those liners from Steely Dan, etc...it caught my attention: "Wow, they're listing it from the bottom up".
    I guess it made a lasting impression, too...when I read this thread, I remembered those Steely Dan albums.
  9. My guess is ego size, from greatest to least. (Referring to the OP's list.)
  10. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    Drummer egos are def not the least. Maybe it's an ego sandwich?
  11. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    We just created a Facebook page for our new band a few weeks ago and went with the traditional listing for a 4-piece.

    The Jesus Lizard always listed their line-up in alphabetical order by last name.
  12. jamro217


    Apr 12, 2013
    Maybe it's in reverse order of real talent. That is, until it got to the drummer, who was thrown in after they realized there were five band members and only four credits.
  13. jamro217


    Apr 12, 2013
    The Steely Dan credits are like an all star team.
  14. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I looked at about a dozen albums that I own and did not see a standard listing order. Some had the singer first, some had the guitarist, some had the bass player. The drummer was listed somewhere in the middle or last. In my band, I am listed second. We decided on this because the guitarist and I founded the band. He is listed first.
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...that sorta started with Katy Lied.
    Prior, they were an otherwise excellent 6-piece unit (w/ a little outside augmentation).
    Their debut is one nice recording...