Skip to comments.TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: ZZ TOP - 1979
Posted on 07/08/2011 12:04:43 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
yet they never strayed far from the basic elements/roots that made the trio so popular and distinctive in the first place.
"We got word that Mick Jagger heard our first album and liked it. And he wanted us to open for the Stones in Hawaii. That just blew us away.
But the next thing I heard was that Stevie Wonder opened for them here in the States and actually got booed at one show. So I was scared to death...
We get onstage in Hawaii with our cowboy hats, boots and jeans and you could hear a pin drop. Somebody went, Oh no, theyre a country band..."
I absolutely love ZZ Top, every album-every song. If you're not familiar with some of the early 70s stuff, do yourself a favor and check it out- more of a raw, Texas country-rock.
After over 40 years, the band continues to tour and record music. ZZ Top has sold more than 50 million albums...
Here from 1979's Degüello... covering Isaac Hayes:
Yeah, and I still think the girl with the long blond hair in this video is one of the all time hottest ever...any video.....wow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EXXZVdUJ98
Their charm is based precisely on not being innovative, but on consistently providing a steady diet of bluesy boogie-rock year in and year out for 40+ years.
i always liked the fact that the only band member with no beard is named Frank Beard.
I know that is not a sophisticated joke, but I still like it....
It changes constantly, but this my current favorite ZZ Top riff:
Pull on those strings with chip-on-shoulder ‘tude.
Gotta love that thundering bass rolling underneath the whole thing, as well.
Smokin' Lucky Strikes and wearin' nylons, too
HEY... that’s a cool picture!
ZZ Top - Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
I think “Fool For Your Stockings” is my ZZ Top favorite.
I can’t believe “Disco Duck” didn’t make the cut...what’s wrong with these people?!
Well, a lot of ZZ Top purtists hate the synthesizer stuff... it’s still controversial for some
IMHO they pushed the envelope in a number of directions over the years without losing touch of the root sound- but I definitely consider them innovative, particularly withing this genre- vs say, the Fab T Birds for Stevie Ray Vaughn
Never knew this one until college... that was when I started getting into their older stuff
And, for extra non-existent credit (except in your own trivia-loging mind) -
Which ZZ Top song was also known as “The God Drums” of Lud?
Yeah, those were good videos back then. I guess they got too expensive. I liked Van Halen’s “JUMP” too. Good for when I am running at the gym too.......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlq0lYB3iSM
Do you mean Jimmie Lee Vaughn with the Fab T-Birds?
Great blues tune - nice choice. Playing along to it right now... thanks!
Saw them in 73/4. Tres-Hombres top 10 of all time albums. I really miss those albums that were good beginning to end.
Not really, referring to Stevie as a TX blues rocker of a similar ilk, as are the FTBs imho
But ZZ Top was always unique
That was the time to see them, beat my by 6 years and pre hiatus, I would have loved to see them in a smaller setting
Ahh yes, Kimberly... March '81, I believe ;-) Gina Tomasino was pretty sharp as well. From the top of the line models in all their videos right down to the spinning fuzzy guitars, ZZ Top epitomizes rock and roll class.
I miss the 80's.
I never hear a song from or an interview with ZZ Top that doesn’t impress me more.
One thing that helps is they stay strong. I saw them on the VH1 tribute a few years back. They blasted out Gimme All You’re Lovin’ and Cheap Sunglasses as great as they ever did, shaming Nickelback’s attempt at Sharp Dressed Man. Then Heart came up, Nancy did the guitar all right, but Anne just couldn’t do the vocals anymore, really blew Crazy on You. They should have retired a while ago.
“Long Distance Boogie” from the Fandango album — recorded live, hot and righteous~!
I miss the 80’s.
The 80s were good times for a single guy living in Southern CA. Except I don’t know how I made it through without so much as a cold sore....if ya know what I mean. I am not gay (on the contrary, lots of women during the 80s for me) but this movie captures the beginning of a scary time back then.....a great movie:
Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner ;-) Sorry for the late reply but wanted to recognize your correct answer. Double Extra-Points for the graphic ;-)
The song appears in Stephen King’s novel, The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands, where in the series’s post-apocalyptic alternate reality of Mid-World, the song’s looped percussion intro, played via a large PA system in the decaying city of Lud, is referred to as “the God Drums”.
“Mexican Blackbird” has to be one of the funniest songs ever written.
Great song. Back at you: What song was Billy Gibbons playing on the TV show Bones when Jack asked him for his blessing to marry his daughter?
Love me some ZZTop. Got to see them in concert in ‘86 in Shreveport, LA (Afterburner tour).
That’s the one I was originally going to post, to be honest... then I decided it might not be that great for general consumption lol
Drive that ole Chrysler to Mexico, boy...
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