A shotgun blast of science.
Lab results confirm what a smart musician already knows: dressing inappropriately for your genre hurts people's opinions of your music (consciously and subconsciously). Hence why I don't play metal in hot pink spandex.
Ha ha! So the singer isn't the king of the band! Sadly, that still means diddly squat for bassists.
Finally, be kind to your fans. Even insincere flattery works.