What's the Word

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What's the Word
Studio album by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Released May 1980[1]
Genre Blues-rock
Texas blues
Length 34:26 (Original)
Label Benchmark Recordings
Producer Denny Bruce
The Fabulous Thunderbirds chronology
Girls go Wild
What's the Word
Butt Rockin'
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

What's the Word is the second studio album by the Austin, Texas-based Blues-rock band The Fabulous Thunderbirds, released in 1980. Like its predecessor, the album initially sold poorly, but is now regarded as a successful white blues recording. The 2000 CD reissue on Benchmark Records contains three bonus tracks, two of which were recorded live at Club Koda, Austin, Texas.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Kim Wilson; except where indicated

  1. "Runnin' Shoes" (Traditional)
  2. "You Ain't Nothin' But Fine" (Floyd Soileau, Sidney Semien)
  3. "Low-Down Woman"
  4. "Extra Jimmies" (Keith Ferguson, Jimmie Vaughan)
  5. "Sugar Coated Love" (J.D. Miller)
  6. "Last Call for Alcohol" (Wilson, Jimmie Vaughan)
  7. "The Crawl"
  8. "Jumpin' Bad" (Wilson, Jimmie Vaughan)
  9. "Learn to Treat Me Right"
  10. "I'm a Good Man (If You Give Me a Chance)"
  11. "Dirty Work"
  12. "That's Enough of That Stuff"
  13. "Los Fabulosos Thunderbirds" (Wilson, Keith Ferguson, Jimmie Vaughan)

Bonus tracks on some editions[edit]

  1. "Band Introduction by C-Boy"
  2. "Bad Boy" (Live) (Eddie Taylor)
  3. "Scratch My Back" (Live) (James Moore)


External links[edit]


  1. ^ McLane, Daisann (September 4, 1980). "Fabulous Thunderbirds: Playing the Austin Blues". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.) (325): 18.