La Grange (song)
|Single by ZZ Top|
|from the album Tres Hombres|
|B-side||"Just Got Paid"|
|Genre||Blues rock, hard rock, boogie rock|
|ZZ Top singles chronology|
"La Grange" is a song by the American rock group ZZ Top from their album Tres Hombres, released in 1973. One of their most successful songs, it was released in 1973 and received extensive radio play, rising to number 41 in the Billboard Pop Singles list in 1974. The song refers to a bordello on the outskirts of La Grange, Texas (later called the "Chicken Ranch"). This brothel is also the subject of the Broadway play and film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the latter starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds.
In March 2005, Q magazine placed "La Grange" at 92nd of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. The song is also ranked number 74 on Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone called the song "a standard for guitarists to show off their chops".
Billy Gibbons played the lead on a 1955 Stratocaster with a stop tailpiece through a Marshall Super Lead 100 with Celestion greenback speakers. The song was produced by Bill Ham, and mixed by Terry Manning.
The initial groove of the song is based on a traditional boogie blues rhythm used by John Lee Hooker in his "Boogie Chillen" and Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips". A failed suit by the copyright holder of Boogie Chillen resulted in the court ruling that the rhythm was in the public domain.
- The song was licensed for use as the title track in the 1992 pinball machine The Getaway: High Speed II.
- It has been used in many movies, including: Shanghai Noon, Striptease, Armageddon, Man of the House, The Dukes of Hazzard, Dogtown and Z-Boys, and the trailer for Planet 51. A modified version of the song appears in the 2004 remake of Walking Tall.
- Professional wrestler David Von Erich and his brother Kerry used this as their theme song in World Class Championship Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling.
- Professional wrestler Barry Windham used an instrumental cover of "La Grange" as his theme music in the NWA's Jim Crockett Promotions territory and its successor, World Championship Wrestling.
- In 2009, it was heard in a television commercial for Samsung widescreen TVs.
- An instrumental of the song is featured in the South Park episode Poor and Stupid (S14E08) in 2010, as Eric Cartman wreaks havoc in a NASCAR Race.
- This song is also featured in the NASCAR The Game: 2011 soundtrack.
- ZZ Top's version is heard in a 2011 TV commercial for Can-Am motorcycles.
- The beginning of song was played by Billy Gibbons in an episode of Bones named "Stargazer in a Puddle".
- When Gibbons and Hill hosted an episode of WWE Raw in 2009, they played this song with Santino Marella (who was substituting for the absent Frank Beard).
- The song is in many Wrangler Jeans commercials with athletes including Brett Favre, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- The song was in an IMAX movie about NASCAR in 2003.
- This song was also used in one episode a German TV Series Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei
- A cover of the song by Junkie XL appears in the Xbox game Forza Motorsport.
- A cover of this song, with an edited solo in the later part of the song (in order to cover up the final fade-out), was used for the music video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and Guitar Hero: On Tour.
- The song is covered by the French artist Renaud Papillon Paravel as well as by Hank Williams, Jr.
- The song was covered by Crazy Backwards Alphabet on their lone album.
- D.O.A. recorded a faithful cover of the song for their 2002 EP Play It Over and Over Again. The liner notes included a comment from lead singer/guitarist Joey "Shithead" Keithley lamenting his inability to find the brothel that inspired the song when D.O.A. were touring through Texas.
- Tracy Byrd released a country version of the song in 2002 for the album Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top.
- The band Phish covered it often in their early career, especially the late 1980s and 1990, but was almost completely dropped from rotation after 1991, appearing only sparsely throughout their extensive touring schedule. It was played for the first time since September 22, 1999 on July 8, 2012 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York as the first-set closer.
- The song was covered by Molotov on their album Con Todo Respeto (Spanish for "with all due respect"), where they changed the lyrics.