Song of the Day~ “She Got Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top


She’s got legs, she knows how to use them.
She never begs, she knows how to choose them.

There are certain bands that I like and since I don’t see an end to my blogging I’ve been trying to space out the bands and singers that I’ve been putting on the Song of the Day as there are many songs from the same band and singer that I like. Today is a bit different as I don’t really see myself needing to pull out ZZ Top multiple times as time goes on.

Meet the Band

ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in Houston, Texas as of 1969. They have have a very classic rock vibe with a guitar heavy style that blends the best of classic rock and blues in a very unique blend. Unlike the hair metal and rock bands of the 80’s and the grunge alternative push of the 90’s they keep a very clean vocal style without the need for overly husky, screaming or altered voices that dominated American rock. I have to say that listening to their songs again I really enjoyed listening to a good guitar riff and solo for the first time in quite a while.

Now these are beards~

I was listening to a podcast that mentioned this forgotten rock band of the 80’s and remembered how big of a fixture they were of MTV. They really sold the idea of sex sells in their videos with attractive women in short skits and skimpy tops and honestly that’s what I remembered most about them. The long scruffy beards, fuzzy guitars that spun and the red hot rod also are aspects I remember about ZZ Top. I can say that for quite a many years I haven’t really heard their music so not something I remember well, but listening to their music again for this post was definitely enjoyable and I’ve added them to my personal playlists.

The Music

Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don’t know where I am goin’ to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don’t need a reason why.

I have to admit that ZZ Top exited the mainstream and pop culture mainly because of the videos and how people would perceive the music today. 80’s style music videos and rock were really based on the idea of having sexy images that sold. The video for “Legs” would quickly be labeled at misogynistic and sexist by today’s standard and a quick view without really thinking about the song and lyrics and overall album made me jump to the same conclusions. But listening to the song and also seeing and listening to “Sharp Dressed Man” I realized that the Eliminator album released in 1983 really was an album that pushed the idea of self-confidence than how you look. It simply took the idea of the clothes make the man or woman, to encourage a sense of confidence in who you are. With this idea in mind the videos took a different turn for me and I don’t watch them with the initial sense of guilt that I did this time around. If you’re in the mood to listen to American rock and roll (not alternative, not metal), but clean rock and roll I do recommend digging up ZZ Top again.

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