I was never really sure if I actually liked ZZ Top or not. I had most of their albums, I saw them at least a dozen times, yet I would never include them the thousands of times I wrote a list called My Favorite 50 or so Bands (I've been making lists like that since I could write). I would complain that every song sounded the same. I would complain that I didn't like the direction they took in the 80's. I'm pretty sure the only two things that kept ZZ Top on my list of Bands I Like From A-Z is that sometimes I would put Frank Zappa under "F" and Billy Gibbons.
Then there's this album. And on this album is La Grange. And La Grange will always and forever be on my list of Songs I Never Want to Live Without as well as Songs I Get Speeding Tickets To and Songs That Make Me Feel Like I Have a Penis And Ride a Harley.
It's funny that I think every ZZ Top song sounds the same, yet I could listen to this one solitary song for hours on end and never, ever get tired of it.
This is an album by album review of my entire record collection. This means music spanning almost 40 years, from my Archies record I cut off a cereal box to whatever I bought last week.
This is where I get to be the music critic I always wanted to be, but no magazine would have. These are more like sensory reactions than reviews; it's about what the music did for me, not what it should do for you.
You can read the entire details of the project and why I'm doing it here.