ZZ Top: C/D

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I can't believe there isn't a thread about them. Are they not cool enough for all the Brits here or something? Anyway, my love of the wacky men with the beards was rekindled recently when a copy of Deguello fell into my hands and I was promptly reminded of what a great funky slightly evil sounding number "Cheap Sunglasses" is. Mmmmm yeah. Another in the long lineage of great and strange Texas bands... also what the hell does their name mean, anyway?

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 5 March 2004 01:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I read what it meant but then forgot - some kinda reference to ZZ Hill, I think.

Totally fucking undeniably classic - check the archives dude, I asked ILM if I should buy the box set about a month or two ago (I did - worth every penny!!)

My dream band would certainly include Billy Gibbons on guitar.

CLASSICCLASSICCLASSIC

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 5 March 2004 01:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

what the - there's a box set??!?

I searched the archive for threads about ZZ Top and found nothing...

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 5 March 2004 01:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, the box set is called Chrome Smoke and BarBQ

totally worth getting, for the first two and a half discs alone

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 5 March 2004 01:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Friday, 5 March 2004 01:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't think there is a "C/D" thread, actually. That's strange ... but there are these:

Convince me not to shell out $70 for the ZZ Top box set
ZZ Top's "Deguello" - C/D, S/D
Is there a non-"remastered" version of ZZ Top's Tejas available on CD?
ZZ TOP: Eliminator and Afterburner
POX:ZZ Top

Oh, and very much classic.

Broheems (diamond), Friday, 5 March 2004 01:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Also, their name means the same thing as Jefferson Airplane's.

Broheems (diamond), Friday, 5 March 2004 02:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

great and strange Texas bands

Related, but off topic...

Bubble Puppy. If you haven't, there's a cheap remaster. It's good.

Point Blank. First album, way beyond "brown period" ZZ Top. Shotgun pointed at your head. Completely unacceptable beat-yer-wife-and-the-liberals-too crashing boogie on Arista. Never remastered -- except for my special "Sludge in the Seventies" series. "The Hard Way" is also good. That may still be in stock in various places.

George Smith, Friday, 5 March 2004 02:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

C

asfdzxc (asfdzxc), Friday, 5 March 2004 03:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

if you're searching for zz top in the archive and don't get anything its bcz of the 4 words or less thing so enter one of their albs and the threads should come out.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 5 March 2004 13:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Up through Deguello -- Classic

Best Album: Tres Hombres

christoff (christoff), Friday, 5 March 2004 16:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the newish one is really good too.
I'm gonna see them this summer. Unless I don't.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Friday, 5 March 2004 16:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. But those horrendous digitally remastered (or remixed or whatever) "modernized" "drum" tracks on "La Grange" and elsewhere are an abomination. Utterly stupid, if not evil.

Myonga Von Bontee, Friday, 5 March 2004 18:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

...oh, and it's been speculated that their name refers to Zig Zag and Tops, both brands of rolling papers.

Myonga Von Bontee, Friday, 5 March 2004 22:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

is dud even an option?

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Friday, 5 March 2004 22:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I been up, I been down.
Take my word, my way around.
I ain't askin' for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I'm just lookin' for some tush.

I been bad, I been good,
Dallas, Texas, Hollywood.
I ain't askin' for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I'm just lookin' for some tush.

Take me back way back home,
not by myself, not alone.
I ain't askin' for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I'm just lookin' for some tush.

- Frank Beard, Bill Gibbons & Dusty Hill

Keith Connelly, Sunday, 7 March 2004 04:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

70s: Boring bluesrock. Dud
80s: Classic, mainly because of great production, but better songs too.
90s onwards: Dud.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 7 March 2004 19:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ZZ Top's "Legs" is the best video of all time. I might submit a paper about it to the EMP next year.

Classic.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 7 March 2004 19:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And I really need to buy more. All I own is Eliminator. Which rocks.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 7 March 2004 19:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
I'm listening to Tres Hombres right now. Classic.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Thursday, 12 August 2004 09:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i love it when you suddenly get the urge to download a whole load of a band's songs. A while back Ronan mentioned he heard 'Gimme All Your Lovin' at a club and the idea just seemed brilliant. Classic.

the neurotic awakening of s (blueski), Thursday, 12 August 2004 09:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Classic good news! I noticed in Amazon that Rhino has remastered and expanded versions of Tres Hombres and Fandango listed as coming out 2-28-06. My only hope is that this is only the beginning and they get the rest of the ZZ Top titles.

earlnash, Wednesday, 14 December 2005 19:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I just snagged a copy of the "Sleeping Bag" 12". Maybe I'm insane, but I dig all the dance remixes of the mid- to late-80s stuff. It's fantastic party music.

QuantumNoise (Justin Farrar), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 19:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Fandango!" is awesome, too. "It was down at the Balinese."

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 22:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
The remastered Tres Hombres sounds frigging great. Fandango is on the way to me but why did they not include more of the concert that takes up the first side of the cd? Any word on when the other 70's albums are going to be remastered?

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Sunday, 17 September 2006 23:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

http://www.cjnetworks.com/~leis/album/zztop/tejas.jpg

this might be the best album ever made

chaki, Sunday, 4 November 2007 20:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Got to see these guys when they played the Beacon Theatre in NYC a month or so back. They fucking tore the walls down. Tremendous.

unperson, Sunday, 4 November 2007 21:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's getting hard to see the white lines rollin by...

Trip Maker, Monday, 5 November 2007 15:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

What a totally classic band. I'm depressed I missed the Beacon show.

Bill Magill, Monday, 5 November 2007 16:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Customizer behind CadZZilla dies

C. Grisso/McCain, Thursday, 28 February 2008 16:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://www.havill.net/hobby/galaxie/images/cadzilla.jpg

C. Grisso/McCain, Thursday, 28 February 2008 16:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I am itchin' to find out what Rick Rubin does with them. Itchin', I tell ya.

kenan, Thursday, 15 May 2008 20:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

All acoustic covers of new wave acts.

QuantumNoise, Thursday, 15 May 2008 20:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

But seriously, I'm into this idea.

QuantumNoise, Thursday, 15 May 2008 20:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I mean, the idea of ZZ Top ELECTRIC with Rick Rubin.

QuantumNoise, Thursday, 15 May 2008 20:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't think even Rubin would unplug them. That would be Rubin self-parody.

kenan, Thursday, 15 May 2008 20:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh man if he wants them to take it back to tres hombres this could be great news indeed....

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 15 May 2008 20:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Arguably the world's greatest living bluesman, Billy Gibbons

milo z, Thursday, 15 May 2008 20:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

arguably, yes.

kenan, Thursday, 15 May 2008 21:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Why not Billy Gibbons? Fucking Brown Sugar off their first album, what an awesome blues song.

Just Got Paid may be my favorite song of all time.

Bill Magill, Thursday, 15 May 2008 21:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I fucking love this band.

Euler, Thursday, 15 May 2008 21:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd be surprised if Rubin could jackhandle them into producing an album as interesting as Mescalero. The band was so down-tuned for half the numbers you could almost hear the strings scraping the pickups. Plus they did Lowell Fulson's "Tramp," which makes about half an album worthwhile all by itself.

However, I'm one who has liked ZZ Top's last couple of albums. XXX was a little off but Rhythmeen was singular in its wall-of-guitar tone. Check Vincent Price Blues, as per one sample.

ZZ Top and their 1st-RioGrandeMud-TresHombres period are like the American blue-collar worker and $20 buck/hour wages. The paradigm is gone and not coming back. If Rick Rubin gets people to pay attention to 'em a little more, that's fine.

What's exactly is there -to do- with ZZ Top if you're a producer, anyway?

Everything ZZ Top has done in the last ten years has been R&B as hard rock and blooz as jokey semi-heavy metal and vice versa. It's not been a bad way of writing for them.

The last revolution in tone they went through came with Eliminator when Billy started playing through Rockman equipment, Frank Beard was laced to sequencing and a click track and gated reverb was used on all the drums. Plus Dusty was singing a lot less.

They dumped all that when they went to RCA for Antenna. Rusty still isn't singing as much as he used to, though.

Gorge, Thursday, 15 May 2008 23:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

ZZ Top and their 1st-RioGrandeMud-TresHombres period are like the American blue-collar worker and $20 buck/hour wages. The paradigm is gone and not coming back.

What paradigm is that? When was ZZ Top ever defined by the year they were recording in? I know you're talking about sound here -- too narrowly, I think -- but either way, that seems like a blank argument.

What's exactly is there -to do- with ZZ Top if you're a producer, anyway?

I don't know what line of work you're in, but I hope it's not producing records. What exactly can you *do* with 4/4 time and 12 bars? It's just so limited...

kenan, Friday, 16 May 2008 10:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

I know, maybe my hopes are too high. But there's a lot of ZZ Top to work with. There's some serious raw blues, as was said, and their affinity for pure sonics, which was all-time greatness on a couple albums before it got a little out of hand and cloudy, and there's always that genius/weird sense of humor that produces songs like "Cheap Sunglasses," which is a joke with no punch line, so instead of being funny, it decides to just fuckin' rock. There are a lot of places for ZZ Top to go or go back to, which of course is Rubin's speciality.

And while rationally I know better, I want to believe that there's such a thing as Huge Fuck-Off Beard Magic, and that Rubin and Billy and Dusty all have it in spades.

kenan, Friday, 16 May 2008 10:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

With all the southern rock haters I've seen on ILX I'm surprised at how positive this thread is.

This is the first band I can remember liking. Ecstatically at that. A tape of Eliminator that I think belonged to my dad.

Kenan, I made the same mistake with the new Stooges album.

:(

RabiesAngentleman, Friday, 16 May 2008 11:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'M BAD

I'M NATIONWIDE

Tracer Hand, Friday, 16 May 2008 11:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

They dumped all that when they went to RCA for Antenna.

There's still silly polish and f/x all over their last few records, including Antenna.

QuantumNoise, Friday, 16 May 2008 11:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

They need to release a for-real live album. I saw them at the Beacon Theater late last year and had my brain yanked out and hurled around the room.

unperson, Friday, 16 May 2008 12:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've heard they can still dominate live. No news on any of the old shit being remastered like fandango and 3 hombres, right? Too bad, I'd love to upgrade the first two.

Bill Magill, Friday, 16 May 2008 14:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

No, none of the others are on the Rhino remaster list, as far as I know. You're right, they definitely should remaster the first two - hell, I'd like remasters of everything up through Eliminator (which is coming as a 2CD deluxe edition later in the year).

unperson, Friday, 16 May 2008 14:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've heard bands mixing "1950s Latin" with ZZ, Zep---can imagine Gibbons' crew doing it better, or at least as well. Looking fwd to this, thanks.

dow, Sunday, 2 August 2015 02:58 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

so what's worth hearing that came out between Eliminator and La Futura

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 16:43 (three years ago) Permalink

never listened to El Loco before, what an odd record - kinda spacey and laid back, almost gentle

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 22:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Rhythmeen from '96 is worth looking into.

Boz Scaggs was Adele back in 1976 (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 9 December 2015 22:50 (three years ago) Permalink

still rockin that clean+chorused guitar sound, tons of processed vocals, there's just a lot of space in the mix, odd rhythms

xp

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 22:50 (three years ago) Permalink

Afterburner - This one isn't as fat and dry sounding production wise as Eliminator. It's kinda like Genesis when you get to Invisible Touch, synth technology is heading out of the warm old analog into colder sounding samples and way too much digital reverb. The songs are not quite as good either.

Recycler- The album title is pretty honest. The songs are a bit more bluesy. "My Head's in Mississippi" is a good tune. It's sill way too shiny production wise.

Antenna- Sounds weak, there may be a song I missed, but I didn't like it enough after a couple of listens to even bother it again.

Rhythmeen- CD length kinda kills most of their records. I'd think it would work pretty good as a 35 minute album. They get back to basics but there is still scifi in the production.

XXX- Kinda weak. Better production than Antenna

Mescalero- This one is the one I would say to check if you dug La Futura. This thing is dirty and nasty, probably one of their rawest albums. There are some good tunes on this one and again would have been better at LP length.

earlnash, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 23:46 (three years ago) Permalink

I feel like a single or even a double disc compilation of their RCA years (Antenna through Mescalero) could be pretty good. But I've never been able to get all the way through the albums to really know what would go on it.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 10 December 2015 01:24 (three years ago) Permalink

OK, I actually checked the albums out on Spotify and came up with a 20-song playlist that covers just the RCA albums; here it is:

https://open.spotify.com/user/burningambulance/playlist/3yVE9fSnWQTVTUf486n4qq

1. Breakaway (from Antenna)
2. Fuzzbox Voodoo (from Antenna)
3. Girl In A T-Shirt (from Antenna)
4. PCH (from Antenna)
5. Deal Goin’ Down (from Antenna)
6. Black Fly (from Rhythmeen)
7. What’s Up With That (from Rhythmeen)
8. Vincent Price Blues (from Rhythmeen)
9. She’s Just Killing Me (from Rhythmeen)
10. Poke Chop Sandwich (from XXX)
11. Fearless Boogie (from XXX)
12. 36-22-36 (from XXX)
13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (from XXX)
14. Belt Buckle (from XXX)
15. Two Ways To Play (from Mescalero)
16. Alley-Gator (from Mescalero)
17. Piece (from Mescalero)
18. What Would You Do (from Mescalero)
19. What It Is Kid (from Mescalero)
20. Que Lastima (from Mescalero)

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 10 December 2015 02:12 (three years ago) Permalink

while freaking out about how bad the new Danzig covers album is I started A/B'ing his versions with the originals to highlight the contrast and man, "Rough Boy" is such a beautiful record. Every aspect of it is just lovingly tailored the goal of establishing this gorgeous wistful head-rush groove. Incredible.

Danzig's version must be heard to be believed. A/B just the opening drum figures and then tell me that's not Glenn himself on the skins, there's no way a real drummer would suffer that to survive the mix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9haef8Wlcg

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 10 December 2015 03:01 (three years ago) Permalink

U dont say

Οὖτις, Thursday, 10 December 2015 04:04 (three years ago) Permalink

tyvm for the spotify list!!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Mescalero- This one is the one I would say to check if you dug La Futura. This thing is dirty and nasty, probably one of their rawest albums.

agreed.
been playing the hell out of this in the last few weeks.

mark e, Thursday, 10 December 2015 13:09 (three years ago) Permalink

some time long long ago i briefly mixed up zz top and steely dan, and the result is that still now i can't quite shake the notion that zz are secretly boho hipster intellectuals

Merdeyeux, Thursday, 10 December 2015 13:12 (three years ago) Permalink

i can't quite shake the notion that zz are secretly boho hipster intellectuals

Reading interviews with Billy Gibbons will only make this feeling stronger.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 10 December 2015 13:15 (three years ago) Permalink

Good interview here---wish there were a bit more music, but it's live in the studio, results mixed yet tantalizing (gotta get off my ass, check album:
http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2015/11/26/457294147/latin-roots-billy-gibbons-adds-a-cubano-twist-to-the-blues

dow, Thursday, 10 December 2015 14:24 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
four months pass...

Bill Ham, the band's manager from their earliest days till 2006, dead at 79.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Hill said he couldn’t recall how the band got started: “It was the ’60s, man.”

The True Story of the Fake Zombies

Edward Bax, Friday, 24 June 2016 06:16 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Did anybody here know ZZ Top are putting out a live album next month? It's called Greatest Hits From Around The World, and here's the tracklisting:

1. Got Me Under Pressure – New York
2. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers – Las Vegas
3. Cheap Sunglasses – Paris
4. Waitin' For The Bus – Chicago
5. Jesus Just Left Chicago – Chicago
6. Legs – São Paulo
7. Sharp Dressed Man – Los Angeles
8. Rough Boy (with Jeff Beck) – London
9. Pincushion – Berlin
10. La Grange – Dallas
11. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide – Vancouver
12. Tube Snake Boogie – Rome
13. Gimme All Your Lovin' – Houston
14. Tush – Nashville
15. Sixteen Tons (with Jeff Beck) – London

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 02:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Amazon recommended it to me (alongside every other new classic rock album). My question is, where's the rest of the Fandango! concert?

a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 03:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Cool. Wonder if that will show up on my Release Radar.

Nobodaddy's Fule (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 03:52 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Yeah, special guest: Jeff Beck, among other possible high points---
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7503736/zz-top-live-greatest-hits?utm_source=twitter

dow, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and Billy F. Gibbons wrote the intro to new edition of Ed Ward's Mike Bloomfield bio (w much input from ilm's own Edd Hurt, as Ward emphasizes in acknowledgements).

dow, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Live album is solid. They're playing LA next month - think I should go.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 14 September 2016 08:51 (two years ago) Permalink

BG on his favourite records: http://thequietus.com/articles/20920-billy-gibbons-zz-top-favourite-albums-interview he's friends with Keb Darge apparently!

Neil S, Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:57 (two years ago) Permalink

That's a pretty cool article. Good for him to keep looking for new records.

earlnash, Wednesday, 14 September 2016 23:49 (two years ago) Permalink

The official video for "Rough Boy" is...strange.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_4ULKpkLNc

a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:07 (two years ago) Permalink

I only bring it up because I'd somehow never seen it before last weekend.

a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:08 (two years ago) Permalink

My question is, where's the rest of the Fandango! concert?

― a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:48 PM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yes

chr1sb3singer, Thursday, 15 September 2016 18:24 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V9m_sEDzJw

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 27 August 2017 22:26 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

been a 'top day today, and have loved every minute of it.
mescalero is such a good album.
shivers all over the place when the guitars let loose at the end of 'tramp'.

mark e, Sunday, 22 April 2018 17:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

tejas is a fun album

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

to be fair ..all of their albums are fun.
that's kind of the 'top way and why i have enjoyed today so much.

mark e, Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ten dollar man is my favorite song about paying someone to kill your wife. the riffs are pretty good too

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i think that's what it's about? idk

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

blimey.
i guess i should pay more attention.
for me its the riffs and grooves.

mark e, Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

that song is 100% groove

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"breakaway" on antenna still probably my platonic ideal of the zz top track

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 23 April 2018 08:18 (ten months ago) Permalink

"A Fool For Your Stockings" just came up on Pandora, one of their best Blues.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

tejas is excellent

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

They're on tour with John Fogerty this summer - really want to go see them.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 27 April 2018 06:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

Fuck, I forgot to post this here...

In 2010, a dude with a web site questioned whether ZZ Top actually had cattle, buzzards, and snakes on stage during the ’76 Worldwide Texas Tour. The followups are the best…
https://t.co/aFf5v9BrCe pic.twitter.com/4dC8WRl3vK

— Chris Barrus (@quartzcity) May 2, 2018

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 4 May 2018 02:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

FB post from Ralph Fisher about the ZZ Top tour and more photos https://t.co/MqPUXxq7m7 pic.twitter.com/ouoTKHO94H

— Chris Barrus (@quartzcity) May 2, 2018

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 4 May 2018 02:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

That's fascinating stuff. I too remain skeptical. As the mod puts it, lots of proof of ZZ Top, and proof of animals, but no picture of ZZ Top and wild animals together on stage.

ZZ Top seems like a band, like the Replacements, that got little to no traction outside of America.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 May 2018 02:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/20857/zz-top/

Ward Fowler, Friday, 4 May 2018 11:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

I assume that was during the MTV era right?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 May 2018 11:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

How could it be that "Master of Sparks" wasn't an international hit.

pplains, Friday, 4 May 2018 12:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

One day a couple of years ago I was listening to the radio and they played "Just Got Paid" by Johnny Kemp. When it was over I stitched the channel to classic rock, and they were playing "Just Got Paid" by ZZ Top. True story.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 May 2018 15:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

I so want a photo.

True story: went deep-sea fishing out of Biloxi about 20 years ago. The boat captain told us he’d taken ZZ Top out the week before. Asked how they kept the beards out of the fishing lines, he replied “Chip Clips!”

Said they told him he’d be thrown overboard if he took a picture.

— Will Collier (@willcollier) January 9, 2019

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

ZZ Top seems like a band, like the Replacements, that got little to no traction outside of America.

Some of that was due to the band not touring outside North America until 1979-'80.

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:20 (two months ago) Permalink


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