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Dusty, Billy and Frank
The little band from Texas
that could, ZZ Top is a long-running Blues Rock
band from Houston
composed of guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Dusty Hill
and drummer Frank Beard (who, ironically, has the shortest beard
). Formed in 1969, they are the longest-running rock band with the same lineup (with Golden Earring and then 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 Epic Riff
-driven, frequently humorous Blues Rock
tunes in The Seventies
, Epic Riff
-driven frequently humorous Blues Rock
tunes with synths and electronics
in The Eighties
, and a compromise between the two since The Nineties
. The other two would be their distinctive appearance
- sunglasses plus chest-length beards (except for Beard
, who just has a mustache) -, or their videos in The Eighties
, which always involved hot chicks
and Cool Cars
, most notably the Eliminator◊
- ZZ Top's First Album (1971)
- Rio Grande Mud (1972)
- Tres Hombres (1973) - The One With "La Grange"
- Fandango! (1974) - half live, half studio album
- Tejas (1977)
- DegŁello (1979)
- El Loco (1981) - The One Where they start experimenting with New Wave and synths.
- Eliminator (1983) - The One With "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)
"Those little old tropes from Texas":