ZZ Top frontmen Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill’s famous chest-length beards have long shown that everything really is bigger and bolder in the Lone Star State of Texas. Indeed, with help from drummer Frank Beard, these guys cranked out some of the meanest rock music known to man since they first burst outta Houston in 1970. Despite Hill’s passing, in July 2021, the band is still very much together, and the ten best ZZ Top songs prove just why these hirsute Texans are the cat’s whiskers…
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10: Doubleback (from ‘Recycler’, 1990)
Having established themselves as the most badass boogie merchants in the business during the 70s, ZZ Top updated their sound to startling effect by adding synths and sequencers to the mix on their 80s smashes, Eliminator and Afterburner. Recorded in Memphis, their next album, 1990’s Recycler, was something of a hybrid, with tracks such as My Head’s In Mississippi and 2000 Blues harking back to the band’s traditional sound, while the likes of Concrete And Steel and the anthemic Doubleback stuck to their tried and tested formula of hard rock embroidered with synths and electronic beats.
Recycler’s lead single – and arguably its high point – Doubleback also appeared in a different guise in director Robert Zemeckis’ Back To The Future Part III, in which ZZ Top performed a radically stripped-back country version of the song during their brief but memorable celluloid cameo.