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ZZ TOP, THE MOVING SIDEWALKS & THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS | TEXAS MUSIC LEGENDS
Selvedgeyard.com ^ | 2-18-14

Posted on 02/27/2014 7:33:19 PM PST by InvisibleChurch

“Our ’65 Chevy low rider convertible, flying the colors of ZZ Top’s El Dorado Bar is solidly a Texas car yet, equally at home on the streets of LA, Fresno, or Bakersfield.” –Billy Gibbons. This pic of ZZ Top has it all, in my opinion. Just checkout that custom-built Texas state Gibson guitar! The band has acquired an enviable car collection over the years, and is out and about in the custom scene. “We attend the Mooneyes Festivals in California and Japan and always make the SoCal Speed Shop summer ‘Open House’ gathering. Always a terrific time. As far as clubs are concerned, we think of ZZ Top as one.  We hang out, we shoot the breeze, we get down, we move on to the next town and, of course, it’s all about the arrival.  Loud, low, while you Rock and Roll…!” –Billy Gibbons

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: music; rock; rockandroll
an interesting read
1 posted on 02/27/2014 7:33:19 PM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

2 posted on 02/27/2014 7:34:32 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: InvisibleChurch

They made some great music.


3 posted on 02/27/2014 7:37:19 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: InvisibleChurch; a fool in paradise

Great article! Isn’t it Ray Wylie Hubbard who in one of his talking blues songs calls the 13th Floor Elevators the greatest rock and roll band ever?!


4 posted on 02/27/2014 7:39:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

“They made some great music.”

No doubt about it. But I prefer it to be mixed in with other more mellow tunes. :) A solid diet of ZZ makes me nervous.


5 posted on 02/27/2014 7:46:39 PM PST by berdie
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To: berdie

Well said, Everything in moderation..


6 posted on 02/27/2014 7:51:12 PM PST by usacon (United we stand divided we fall.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Thanks!


7 posted on 02/27/2014 8:01:31 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
One wouldn't know from listening to this song that Fever Tree was a Texas group, but they hailed from Houston. This was a hit in San Francisco and reached #91 on the Billboard Hot Hundred.

San Francisco Girls (1968)

8 posted on 02/27/2014 8:06:43 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I had a ‘65 Impala like that, only it wasn’t a convertible. I drove it a quarter million miles.


9 posted on 02/27/2014 8:09:46 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: InvisibleChurch; mylife

That little boogie band from Texas.

ZZ Top - Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers (Original 1973 Vinyl Mix)

10 posted on 02/27/2014 8:10:21 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Fiji Hill

So 1968! Just another piece of evidence supporting my theory that the most interesting things happen lower than then the Billboard 40!


11 posted on 02/27/2014 8:14:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

If there aren’t enough dead bugs in your 4” x 10” dashboard speaker (singular), ZZTop just doesn’t sound right.


12 posted on 02/27/2014 8:23:45 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

“If there aren’t enough dead bugs in your 4” x 10” dashboard speaker...ZZTop just doesn’t sound right.”

Hey! This is a GREAT quote!

and don’t you think Duck Dynasty has done ZZ Top’s career:)

They aught to invite them on the show;)


13 posted on 02/27/2014 8:29:36 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: InvisibleChurch

Looks like they got some cheap sunglasses


14 posted on 02/27/2014 8:35:18 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Check out Billy G at Daryl’s House:

http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/currentep.html?ep_id=78


15 posted on 02/27/2014 8:40:41 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Fiji Hill

They were known as the Bostwick Vines when I was a kid.


16 posted on 02/27/2014 8:41:34 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: InvisibleChurch

It’s interesting in part because it includes pictures of a clean-shaven Billy Gibbons. By the time I became aware of ZZ Top in the late ‘70s, he and Dusty already had chest-length beards.


17 posted on 02/27/2014 8:49:29 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Revolting cat!
So 1968! Just another piece of evidence supporting my theory that the most interesting things happen lower than the Billboard 40!

Here's to You by Hamilton Camp was one of my favorite songs at the time, but although it was a hit in Los Angeles, it only "bubbled under" the Bilboard Hot Hundred, reaching #118 in April, 1968.

My World Fell Down by Sagittarius is one of my favorite songs from 1967, but it only reached #70 in the early summer of that year.

In November, 1966, Smashed! Blocked! by John's Children was a hit in Los Angeles, but nowhere else--it didn't even "bubble under" the Hot Hundred. To me, it was downright shocking as well as mystifying because it was so different from most everything else on Top 40 radio.

Also in the late fall of 1966, Chris Clark's Love's Gone Bad, released on a Motown subsidiary failed to make the Hot Hundred, but it reached #41 on the R & B charts.

18 posted on 02/27/2014 8:55:10 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Roky Erickson and the electric jug. I used to watch them when they came on the R&R dance show on Saturday morning in San Antonio. The 13th Floor Elevators were just cool.
19 posted on 02/27/2014 9:13:09 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: InvisibleChurch

I really like the 70’s hard rockin’ Roky Erickson, some great hard dark rock. What a voice.

Freegards


20 posted on 02/27/2014 9:13:30 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: InvisibleChurch

My favorite ZZ Top story is how my dad convinced our country music fan neighbor to listen to the entire side one of a zzz top album by saying it it must be a country band because they were wearing cowboy hats...hahaha


21 posted on 02/27/2014 9:17:54 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I am the Tea Party bully who took Mitch McConnell's milk money.)
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To: Fiji Hill
I vaguely remember driving around Mill Valley in a smokey VW bug with three other guys on a weekend evening with no girls and no place in particular to go. We had bridge toll (GGB)and wound up in either Long Shormans Hall or the Avalon Ballroom watching 13 Floor, Big Brother and Jefferson Airplane. One of the guys ripped a poster off a light pole as we left and threw it into the back seat of the bug. It was there for months.I think that's why I still remember bands names. I'm thinking summer 1966?
And yes Grace drove a white VW rabbit. Saw her waiting for Tower Records to open in Corta Medra. No body belived me two years later in Nam either.
22 posted on 02/27/2014 10:42:59 PM PST by crabpott (' we are living in the strangest, most perilous, and unbelievable decade in modern memory' VDH)
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To: Liberty Valance

THAT’s Billy Gibbons??

(And “My Head’s in Mississippi” is underplayed)


23 posted on 02/28/2014 1:03:18 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Fiji Hill

for later


24 posted on 02/28/2014 6:20:01 AM PST by servantboy777
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To: crabpott
Sounds as though you saw those acts before they hit it big.

Grace couldn't have been driving a VW Rabbit in 1966, since that model didn't come out until the 1970's. It might have been a 1500 or 1600, or maybe a Karmann Ghia.

Believe it or not, my very first introduction to the Jefferson Airplane was a weird ad for Levi's pants that I heard in either the late winter or early spring of 1967 on Boss Radio 93 KHJ. You can hear it here--I just listened to it for the first time in 47 years. When the announcer began with, "now, Jefferson Airplane," I had absolutely no idea what "Jefferson Airplane" meant, but shortly afterwards, KHJ was blasting their hit Somebody to Love all across the Southland.

25 posted on 02/28/2014 6:24:55 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: rockrr

Cool! thanks.

I’ve seen them live in three different decades.


26 posted on 02/28/2014 7:15:46 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Revolting cat!

Yes. Ray Wylie Hubbard.


27 posted on 02/28/2014 7:19:53 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Revolting cat!

“Screw You, We’re From Texas”


28 posted on 02/28/2014 7:21:09 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I recently saw Gibbons on Daryl’s House. He was great.

https://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/currentep.html?ep_id=78


29 posted on 02/28/2014 7:22:15 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I saw them twice. Once years ago in a club environment and then again about ten years later at the Tacoma Dome (Tacoma Washington). The acoustics were so bad that it ruined the show for me - like listening to an AM radio through a soup can.


30 posted on 02/28/2014 2:07:01 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: InvisibleChurch; Revolting cat!

I saw Roky again this weekend. He did a lot more Elevators songs than I’ve ever seen him do in the past.

I’ve liked some of the other bands I’ve seen him with over the years a bit more (and I’ve even seem him play with Billy F. Gibbons).

I got to catch the Moving Sidewalks last year. They did better with the blues based tunes than the new arrangements on the rock songs.


31 posted on 03/01/2014 10:51:54 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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