I made the term in the Subject line up back in the late 60s, probably before "trickle down" had entered the public lexicon. The reason was because I found myself in Southern California at that most opportune of times, the beginnings of the Hippie Revolution. It didn't turn out to be all that much of a revolution, but it sure as hell was fun to be part of.
We were just college hippies, taking advantage of the lax laws and the fact that no one had ever promoted rock concerts on a large scale before to run light shows and promote parties/dances/light shows/concerts featuring some of the bands that were just showing up on the musical horizon at the time. Bands like the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin), and Jimi Hendrix. We had no money, no insurance, and we didn't know what the fuck we were doing, but we had one shitload of fun. And we got to party with the bands. It was in that setting that I first discovered the quantum mechanics of Trickle-down Groupie Status. Hot bands attracted hot groupies, hot to trot. But when it came down *to* trotting, there was a definite "pecking order" of groupie status. Top of the list -- hottest groupie prize -- was the lead singer in the band, if there was one. Next came the lead guitarist, or guitarists. Next, interestingly enough, came the drummer. Then the bassist and the other sidemen. All of them were pretty much guaranteed to score at the end of the gig, if 'scoring' was what they had in mind. Next came the band's manager, and after that the roadies. The guys who produced the concert and manned the light show were dead last. But, even so, there were more than enough groupies to go around, so fun -- and the groupies -- were pretty much had by all. It was a fun time, but it was a fleeting time, and I don't think about it much unless someone brings up the music of the period here or on another forum. So imagine my surprise that my conversations with Ben and his friends at Le Verbalon have seemed to confer me some kind of Old Fart Trickle-down Groupie Status. To them, the bands of that era are near-gods, the pantheon of the modern music revolution. To me, they were just guys and gals I was lucky enough to party with for a very short time in my youth. They're anxious for stories of those days ("So what *was* it like to drop acid with Jerry Garcia?"), and I tell them a few that I suspect will entertain them. But afterwards to some extent I can feel them projecting some kind of weirdass rock star glammer onto me, *just because I met these people a few times*. Me, I know the truth. I stumbled onto the scene by accident, enjoyed my luck at having done so, and wandered on. None of these "rock gods" would remember me (were they still alive), and there is no reason why they should. I was just one of the "entourage," another one of the groupies (even if they had a legitimate function, like promoting the concert) who hung around musicians at that time and in that place. But for the French, almost warming their hands at the thought of what California must have been like at that time, me having been there, done that seems to confer upon me some kinda several-steps-removed groupie status on me. Weird. I suspect that Bharitu is one of the only people here who will get this. He used to play on the same stage as some of these people, as part of the opening act. Me, I just hustled to promote the concerts and worked the light shows and got invited to the after-parties. Big whoop. It was just the scene, at that time. You ran into the kinda people you ran into. If you were smart, you tried your best to have a good time with them. But -- at the time -- they weren't famous, and neither were you. You were just people, having a good time together. That shouldn't inspire groupies. It should be commonplace, how things work for everyone, all the time.