Day 197: ZZ Top – Degüello

13 Sep

I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide

“Given that Jack featured a custom white Billy Gibbons/Bo Diddley signature Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird guitar in the Another Way to Die video, I will assign you an album by Billy Gibbons’ band, ZZ Top.  I hope you enjoy Deguello.”

Seriously, dad?  That’s the best you can do?  I know you said you were going to have to play six degrees of Jack White when deciding on this week’s record for Dad-Rock Tuesday, but this seems like a pretty big stretch.

You’re the boss, though.  So today, for Day 3 of White Week, I’ll be listening to a record by ZZ Top.  Yeah, those guys with the 5-foot beards who have been around longer than Dinosaurs.

I was guaranteed to like this record from the start because I’m a huge sucker for blues-rock in any form.  Seriously, I like all of it.  My problem is that I can’t tell the good stuff from the bad stuff.  If there’s some intriguing distorted guitars and typical bluesy lyrics, chances are that I’ll be hooked.  There’s a reason I’m a huge fan of Jack White.

Regardless, I’m pretty sure that Degüello is a solid record.  As goofy as ZZ Top may seem externally, I’ve always found that I enjoy their music.  It’s as standard as blues-rock gets, but that’s right down my alley.  With lyrics about hookups and breakups, guns and cars, this is about as much as one can ask for out of an album like this.  I just wish that I understood the artwork.  I think the music factory had an Iron Maiden overstock or something.

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6 Responses to “Day 197: ZZ Top – Degüello”

  1. Dave Chops September 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    I like Degüello well enough but what is that umlaut about? Far more baffling than the cover art, if you ask me.

  2. Yuanny Dollar September 14, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    Mr. Ear: You, my friend, are bad and nationwide. I think you’re dad nailed a predecessor in the White Stripes tradition and made a fine if somewhat attenuated pick for White Week. After all, it is hard to find true Dad Rock linked to TWS given that they’re a newish band. TWS, of course, blends blues and rock and country and folk and ZZT is pure Texas blues rock, but the adaptation of the blues is at the core of both bands.

    As for your reaction, don’t think about it. Just enjoy it. Who doesn’t like this record?

    • David Chops September 14, 2011 at 4:51 am #

      Hmmmm…. If old-ness is the criteria for DRT, why not Willie Dixon? Son House? Albert Collins? Lefty Dizz?

  3. Yuanny Dollar September 14, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    I think dad rock has to be of a certain vintage, but I think that to which you are referring would have to be categorized as Dad Blues. There is no question that Jack White was influenced by Son House (more than by ZZ Top for sure), and Mr. Ear ought to give him a listen and tell us what he thinks.

  4. Jose Dinero September 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    I just want to make sure I understand this . . . You rail on your dad for recommending albums you don’t like, and then, when he recommends an album you do like, you rail on him because it doesn’t fit closely with your theme, which required him to find an album: (a) related to Jack White; (b) that you had never listened to before; and (c) that fit under the “Dad-Rock” label. That’s a tall order. Just say, “Great album. Thanks.” and get on with your review.

  5. Yuanny Dollar October 26, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    The defense rests after you watch this video. This was a perfect pick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gRyOSEtCGM&feature=player_embedded

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