Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"I Thank You" by ZZ Top

Song#:  0019
Date:  01/19/1980
Debut:  81
Peak:  34
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock, Blues

Pop Bits:  Already a successful touring group with a couple of Top 10 albums and a few minor chart hits like "Tush," the rock-boogie band took an extended break in '77 and came back with a new look and a more focused sound with the album "Deg├╝ello." It wasn't a huge success but sold well and it started them toward what would become their signature sound for the 80s. The first single was this Sam & Dave cover.

ReduxReview:  Their cleaned-up sound and beefier production gave this R&B tune a boost. It also helps to have a seductive groove that feels a little dirty and reminds me of dancing at Ludwig's bar in Jackson after midnight. Just as a bonus visual, Ludwig's had red shag carpeting and mirrors on the walls.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  I wrote this post one day after ZZ Top released their latest disc "La Futura" to positive reviews. The Rick Rubin-produced set put the focus back on their rock-boogie days. Still bearded, still going.


1 comment:

  1. Chart Run: 81 - 72 - 61 - 51 - 46 - 42 - 39 - 36 - 34 - 62 - 100