Classic Rock Corner

ZZ Top Sucks. There, I Said It.

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I've heard from various sources that Mr. Billy Gibbons is a perfectly nice guy, hanging out at local bars, playing benefit concerts with his bandmates. Dear God, I hope he's not actually reading this. Mr Gibbons (and Mr. Hill and Mr. Beard and any ZZ Top assistants who have Google alerts set up for the band name), I apologize in advance, but I just don't like your music. But hey, there's no accounting for taste.

Perhaps it's because I wasn't raised in Houston? But honestly, that should't matter, because when I was a baby music-lover in Oklahoma, my dad and uncle were die-hard Tres Hombres fans, playing covers of the band's biggest hits in late-night garage jam session, and posing for snapshot photos a la the choreography in the "Legs" video. My dad probably still has his Flying V.

I've read that the band has incorporated punk and new wave influences into some of their songs. Where is this? I can't seen to find it past the hair, furry guitars and mariachi suits.

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