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"One of the key pieces to [ZZ Top’s] sound is the fact that as musical instrument manufacturers starting inventing new contraptions to play on, we embraced them with a sense of experimentation,” remembers Billy Gibbons with a laugh. “Of course, as the old saying goes, we instantly threw the manuals out the window. So a lot of that stuff was purely experimental, and at the same time we didn’t hesitate to embrace it. It was really interesting.
Changes ahead: There was a new decade underway and a new musical wave, with clothes and haircuts as electrified as the tech-heavy songs being played — or programmed. There was also a new TV channel that played music-video clips all day and night, so those clothes and haircuts became that much more important. How could three boogie blues players already in their thirties (and wearing that long facial hair) find a place among the slickly presented and produced musicians of this new generation?
Matters of the heart have always mattered to The Marshall Tucker Band. Even if the Southern-rock cowboys from Spartanburg, S.C., seemed too tough and independent to get all hung up on women — being known more for lyrics about whiskey-drinking, freewheelin’, rambling souls — they’ve always had a way with a love song.