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->''Every girl's crazy bout a sharp dressed man''

The little band from [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]] that could, ZZ Top is a [[LongRunner long-running]] BluesRock band from [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Houston]] composed of guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist/keyboardist/vocalist [[PunnyName Dusty Hill]] and drummer Frank Beard ([[NonindicativeName who, ironically, has the shortest beard]]). Formed in 1969, they are the longest-running rock band with the same lineup (with Music/GoldenEarring and then Music/{{Rush}} close behind them).

People most likely know them for three things. One of them would be their actual music, which is made up of EpicRiff-driven, frequently humorous BluesRock tunes in TheSeventies, EpicRiff-driven frequently humorous BluesRock tunes [[RecycledINSPACE with synths and electronics]] in TheEighties, and a compromise between the two since TheNineties. The other two would be their [[ClothesMakeTheLegend distinctive appearance]] - sunglasses plus chest-length beards (except for [[{{Irony}} Beard]], who just has a mustache) - and their videos in TheEighties, which always involved [[FanService hot chicks]] and {{Cool Car}}s, most notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ZZTopEliminator.jpg the Eliminator]].

Discography:
* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ZZ Top's]] [[ChronologicalAlbumTitle First Album]]'' (1971)
* ''Rio Grande Mud'' (1972)
* ''Tres Hombres'' (1973) - TheOneWith "La Grange"
* ''Fandango!'' (1974) - half live, half studio album
* ''Tejas'' (1977)
* ''Degüello'' (1979)
* ''El Loco'' (1981) - [[TheOneWith The One Where]] they start experimenting with Music/NewWave and synths.
* ''Eliminator'' (1983) - TheOneWith "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs".
* ''Afterburner'' (1985)
* ''Recycler'' (1990)
* ''Antenna'' (1994)
* ''Rhythmeen'' (1996)
* ''XXX'' (1999)
* ''Mescalero'' (2003)
* ''Texicali [EP]'' (2012) - digital release
* ''La Futura'' (2012)
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!!ZZ Top is the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]] for:

* SharpDressedMan
* ShesGotLegs

!!! "Those little old tropes from Texas":

* AsHimself: Billy Gibbons has a recurring role as himself on ''Series/{{Bones}}''. He's Angela's father, and Hodgins' worst nightmare.
** All three appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' that shows Hank to be Dusty's cousin, as well as being the band's favorite prank victim (though at the end of the episode they say that they like Hank and don't mean any harm).
* AutoTune: Some {{egregious}} use of it on ''Mescalero'', especially on "What Would You Do", "Qué Lastima" and "As Time Goes By".
* BadassBeard: All three. Billy and Dusty have beards; Frank ''is'' Beard. In the mid-1980s, the Gillette Company reportedly offered Billy and Dusty $1 million each to shave off their beards for an advert, only to [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules turn down the offer]], saying, "we're too ugly without 'em."
* BadassMoustache: Beard makes up for his lack of a Gandalf Beard with one of these.
* BawdySong
* BigApplesauce: From "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide":
-->"With my New York brim and my gold tooth displayed"
* BigNameFan: Not of ZZ Top, directly, but Music/JimiHendrix praised Billy Gibbons' guitar skills, back when he was still a member of The Moving Sidewalks. [[http://www.last.fm/music/The+Moving+Sidewalks/+images/39344425 There's even a photo of them together!]]
* BilingualBonus: Many album titles are actually Spanish, e.g. "Tres Hombres" (meaning ''Three Men''), "Degüello" (''Beheading'') or "El Loco" (''The Crazy One''). Not all that surprising considering the band is from Texas.
** They even recorded two songs in Spanish on ''Mescalero'', "Mescalero" and "Qué Lastima".
* TheCameo: The band at the Hill Valley 1885 festival in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back to the Future: Part III]]''.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle - ''ZZ Top's First Album''
* CoolCar: The Eliminator, that customized 1933 Ford coupe with a Corvette engine.
* CoolShades
* CoverVersion: Rare, but it's there - "Jailhouse Rock", "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear", and "Viva Las Vegas" by Music/ElvisPresley, "Dust My Broom" by Music/RobertJohnson, "I Thank You" by Isaac Hayes, "Tramp" by Lowell Fulson ([[CoveredUp popularised by]] {{Otis Redding}} and Carla Thomas), "As Time Goes By" from the movie ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' (hidden track on ''Mescalero''). Their latest album's "I Gotsta Get Paid" is a blues-rock cover of DJ DMD's "25 Lighters".
* DemotedToExtra: This happened to Dusty and Frank on ''Eliminator'': despite them being credited on the album sleeve, Dusty's bass being replaced by keyboards[[note]]"Thug" and its keyboard slap bass that sounds like it escaped from the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' theme being the more obvious one[[/note]] and Frank by drum machines. For all intents and purposes, ''Eliminator'' is a Billy solo album (excepting Dusty's lead vocals on "I Got The Six" and "Bad Girl") with contributions by pre-production engineer Linden Hudson, who contributed drum machine programming and keyboard sequencing, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliminator_(album) and was alleged to have co-written most of the material, to the point that the band got into a legal conflict that was settled with him being granted the copyright to "Thug"]]. Hudson had also showed Billy some research he'd done previously that most popular rock songs used the tempo of 120 beats per minute, which influenced Billy to write most of the album's songs at that tempo. And when the combination of blues guitar and incongruously synthesised backing tracks sent the album to diamond status, the formula was repeated on ''Afterburner'' and ''Recycler'', and even led to the infamous [[TheNotRemix rereleases of the band's past albums that replaced Frank's drums with drum machines]]. While the band continued using electronic loops and synth elements, Dusty's bass and Frank's actual drums returned to prominence starting with ''Antenna'' and ''Rhythmeen''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: People who picked up their earlier albums after hearing ''[[NewSoundAlbum Eliminator]]'' tended to be a bit confused.
* FantasticAesop: {{Fanservice}} aside, the message of the "Legs" video seems to be, "Be nice to people or ZZ Top and three hot women will magically show up and rescue those people you mistreated and make you pay for the bad things you did to them."
* GoldTooth: From "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide":
-->"With my New York brim and my gold tooth displayed"
* ICallItVera: Pearly Gates.
* IncrediblyLamePun: In response to some fans noticing that ''Eliminator'' was the first album since ''ZZ Top's First Album'' to not have Spanish in its title, Billy joked that it could be read as ''El Iminator'' instead.
* IntercourseWithYou: "La Grange", "Mexican Blackbird", "Tube Snake Boogie", "Pearl Necklace", "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "I Got the Six", "If I Could Only Flag Her Down", "Bad Girl", "Sleeping Bag", "Planet of Women", "Love Thing", "Penthouse Eyes", "My Head's in Mississippi", "Girl in a T-Shirt", "Bang Bang", "Buck Nekkid"... you know what, we should stop before we end up accidentally listing all of their songs.
* {{Irony}}: Frank Beard is the only member of the band without a BadassBeard.
* LongRunnerLineUp: In rock, ''the'' longest. 40+ years, over a dozen albums, dozens of songs--one line-up.
** ThePeteBest: There were two previous lineups: Gibbons, Lanier Greig, and Dan Mitchell, and later Gibbons, Bill Ethridge, and Mitchell. ''However'', it's arguable if they count; as ThatOtherWiki doesn't list Ethridge, Greig, and Mitchell as members at all and the band apparently became ZZ Top ''after'' the classic lineup was formed; certainly, these three never appeared on an album or in a gig (though the Gibbons/Greig/Mitchell lineup did release one single: "Salt Lick".) The two previous lineups ''put together'' lasted less than a year.
*** Billy Gibbons has said that the now standard lineup of ZZ Top kept the name out of convenience, the band that recorded Salt Lick and the band from First Album to the present day are for all intents and purposes different bands. Salt Lick and Millers Farm are closer in style to Gibbons' garage rock days in Moving Sidewalks rather than the blues and hard rock of ZZ Top.
* MeaningfulName: The titles of Afterburner and Recycler imply that they are trying to copy Eliminator but less successfully, which many agree with. The band either self-deprecatingly or intentionally set themselves up for reviews that would bring up the irony of the album titles.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: In TheEighties - synthy-spacey-Music/NewWave-electro-BluesRock!
* RecordProducer: Bill Ham, from 1969 up until 2003. He also co-wrote a lot of their songs.
* RecordOfLoudnessWar: Mescalero is an infamous example, with static and distortion very audible due to the amount of clipping and overuse of treble.
** La Futura is also pretty bad, but not quite as bad as Mescalero. It was, like many loudness war albums, produced by Rick Rubin.
* RecycledINSPACE: The cover of ''Afterburner''.
* RepurposedPopSong: "Doubleback", which had an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoKQmm52nxk Old West version]] played in the above mentioned cameo in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part III]]'', and plays over the credits. It even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XtTWJKzIAU received a]] VideoFullOfFilmClips.
* RockTrio
* SiameseTwinSongs: One of the more famous examples is "Waitin' for the Bus"/"Jesus Just Left Chicago" from ''Tres Hombres''.
* SomethingBlues: "Blue Jean Blues", "Pan Am Highway Blues", "2000 Blues", "Creator/VincentPrice Blues".
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Rough Boy" is a very 80s sounding radio power ballad, but it was a big hit, hence it seems incongruous on Greatest Hits compilations. The band had done ballads before ("Hot Blue And Righteous" and "Leila" being two), but "Rough Boy" is considered by some as too much of a deviation from their sound.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: "Dipping Low (in the Lap of Luxury)" is a blatant rewrite of "Gimme All Your Lovin'".
** "Gimme All Your Lovin'" is itself a rewrite of "Francine".
** The riff in the solo breakdown of "I Got The Six" is very reminiscent of the coda of "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings".
** "Planet of Women" copies the chorus riff from "Got Me Under Pressure" during its verses and has a similarly driving sound.
** "Decision or Collision" sounds like even more of a recycling of "Got Me Under Pressure" and "Bad Girl" (which already sounded similar enough in tempo and feel).
*** "Rough Boy" is arguably a rewrite of "Leila" with mid 80s production.
* TheEighties: It is utterly impossible to watch the video of "Rough Boy" without instantly identifying the decade in which it was made.
** Same can be said for the videos for "TV Dinners", "Sharp Dressed Man", and "Velcro Fly".
* UpdatedRerelease: The CD versions of their 70s albums feature 80s drum machines added instead of the original drumming, marketed as the ''ZZ Top Six Pack''.
** These versions were later sold as separate albums, and inexplicably remained the only versions available until the reissues of Tres Hombres and Fandango in 2006. The other albums all followed as HDTracks downloads, and then finally made their appearance on CD in 2013, as part of the box set The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990.
* VocalTagTeam: Gibbons' GutturalGrowler vocals (for instance, "Sharp Dressed Man") and Hill's shriller rock'n'roll voice ("Tush") complement each other nicely. "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" being definitive proof.
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