Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
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|"Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers"|
|Song by ZZ Top from the album Tres Hombres|
|Released||July 26, 1973|
|Recorded||Brian Studios, Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Genre||Boogie rock, Hard rock, Blues rock, Southern rock|
|Tres Hombres track listing|
ZZ Top first recorded their song in 1973, and was a minor radio hit, despite not being released as a single. It is the only song on the Tres Hombres album to feature lead vocals by bassist Dusty Hill, who trades off every line with guitarist Billy Gibbons. Such a vocal style was repeated on certain songs on their later albums, such as "Heard it on the X", from Fandango!, "Pan Am Highway Blues" and "Avalon Hideaway", from Tejas, and "Don't Tease Me", from El Loco.
It became a frequent song in the band's live set around the time of its release, and has been played sparingly over the years. It was, however featured on the compilations The Best of ZZ Top, Chrome, Smoke & BBQ, and Rancho Texicano.
- The song was covered by English heavy metal band Motörhead in 1977, being released in 1980 on their Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers EP.
- Tesla covered the song for their Real to Reel sessions.
- Van Halen played the song live in the 1970s and 1980s.
- Vince Neil covered the song for his album Tattoos & Tequila.
- Coheed and Cambria covered the song for ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends.