XXX (ZZ Top album)

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Untitled
Studio album with live elements by ZZ Top
Released September 28, 1999
Recorded 1998 - 1999
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 49:31
Label RCA
Producer Billy Gibbons
ZZ Top chronology
Rhythmeen
(1996)
XXX
(1999)
Mescalero
(2003)

XXX is the thirteenth studio album by the American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). The album's title is a reference to it being thirty years since the band was formed. The live track, "Sinpusher", is an altered version of their 1994 song "Pincushion" with different lyrics and a slightly heavier guitar riff. The album peaked at number 100 on the Billboard 200.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [2]

Allmusic only gave the album one and a half stars, and in its review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, he states: "After all, countless blues-based musicians, from Lightnin' Hopkins and Muddy Waters to B.B. King and The Rolling Stones, have aged gracefully, albeit in varying degrees. So why does ZZ Top sound so stiff and useless on XXX, a record celebrating their 30th anniversary? Part of that could be that the songwriting is decidedly weak, but a band as seasoned as ZZ Top should be able to make third-rate material at least listenable."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Poke Chop Sandwich"   4:50
2. "Crucifixx-A-Flatt"   3:59
3. "Fearless Boogie"   4:01
4. "36-22-36"   2:36
5. "Made into a Movie"   5:13
6. "Beatbox"   2:48
7. "Trippin'"   3:55
8. "Dreadmonboogaloo"   2:36
9. "Live Intro by Ross Mitchell"   0:35
10. "Sinpusher [Live]"   5:18
11. "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear [Live]" (Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann) 5:21
12. "Hey Mr. Millionare [Live]"   4:14
13. "Belt Buckle [Live]"   4:05
Total length:
49:31

Japan track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Poke Chop Sandwich"   4:50
2. "Crucifixx-A-Flatt"   3:59
3. "Fearless Boogie"   4:01
4. "36-22-36"   2:36
5. "Made into a Movie"   5:13
6. "Beatbox"   2:48
7. "Trippin'"   3:55
8. "Dreadmonboogaloo"   2:36
9. "Ninja Shack"   5:00
10. "Live Intro by Ross Mitchell"   0:35
11. "Sinpusher [live]"   5:18
12. "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" (Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann) 5:21
13. "Hey Mr. Millionare [live]"   4:14
14. "Belt Buckle [live]"   4:05
Total length:
54:31

Personnel[edit]

ZZ Top[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Jeff Beck – vocals on "Hey Mr. Millionaire"

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Billy Gibbons
  • Engineer: Joe Hardy
  • Assistant engineer: Gary Moon
  • Mixing: Joe Hardy
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Digital editing: Brad Blackwood
  • Recording: Joe Hardy
  • Art direction: Bill Narum

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard

Chart (1999) Peak
position
The Billboard 200 100

SinglesBillboard

Year Single Chart Position
1999 "Fearless Boogie" Mainstream Rock Tracks 13
2000 "36-22-36" Mainstream Rock Tracks 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. ZZ Top – XXX: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]