Rank and File

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For this phrase as game terminology, see Rank and file.
Rank and File
Genres Alternative country, cowpunk, post-punk, new wave
Years active 1981—1987
Associated acts The Dils
The Nuns
True Believers
Past members Chip Kinman
Tony Kinman
Alejandro Escovedo
Slim Evans

Brothers Chip Kinman and Tony Kinman formed Rank and File, a roots rock post-punk band, after they split up their punk band the Dils. The band also included former Nuns guitarist Alejandro Escovedo.

They appeared on PBS's country-music showcase Austin City Limits.[1]

The Kinmans' next project was the synthpop, guitar and drum-machine based, Blackbird. Escovedo formed the True Believers with his brother Javier, before launching a solo songwriting and recording career.


  • Sundown (1982) US No. 165
  • Long Gone Dead (1984)
  • Rank and File (1987)


  1. ^ "Rank and File AMG biography". Retrieved 2008-05-18.