I probably should have started my Top 100 list of albums to listen front to back with this one as there is no better album to explain the list.
Deguello will NOT appear on ANYONE’S best album list unless of course your list is like mine, meaning records that you fell in love with, stuck with you through the decades and for some reason or another you continue to listen to them over and over and over and front to back! never skipping a song, a side, no fast forward, no rewind.
There is no overthinking Deguello nor ZZ Top, we are talking about simple, swampy, raunchy Texas Blues Rock in its finest expression. For me it was a toss up between Deguello or Tres Hombres (another one of those great albums to listen front to back) while I discounted Eliminator because of the presence of “Gimme All Your Loving and Legs” which became MTV sensations and thus forced you to skip the rest of Side A and go straight to “Legs” which for my list it’s a mortal sin and cause for instant disqualification.
Deguello came after a three year studio hiatus and so it was very much anticipated album, wondering if the trio would change its image, become softer, embrace the incoming 80’s, dress up a little less Hill Billy, possibly shave their outdated beards and maybe even go as far as a synth? The answer was clear… FUCK NO! and with Deguello Hill and Dusty double down, no … correction… tripled down, grew their beards even longer, added additional raunch to their lyrics and their sound became edgier and dirtier and raise a collective middle finger to what was happening all around them.
How many times have I seen ZZ Top in concert? Countless! Mostly County Fairs, Cattle and Pig shows playing in front of a few hundred people as their music became outdated they stuck with time their well deserved recognition came when in 2004 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rolling Stones Magazine ranked Billy Gibbons as 32 on its list of the Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time but us fans knew this all along and rewarded ZZ Top with over 50 Million records purchased.
Put Deguello on, sit back, open the lid of that Chewing Tobacco, pull up the recliner, whip out some Bourbon and let it roll.