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|Single by ZZ Top|
|from the album Degüello|
|Genre||Rock, Blues rock|
|Length||4:48 (Album Version)|
2:40 (Single Version)
|ZZ Top singles chronology|
"Cheap Sunglasses" is a 1980 single by ZZ Top from their 1979 album Degüello. It is one of their most famous songs and includes the use of some odd instruments[clarification needed]. The song captures many of the sounds and beats for which ZZ Top is famous. It is also featured on the greatest hits collections ZZ Top's Greatest Hits, Chrome, Smoke & BBQ, and Rancho Texicano. In addition, a live version of the song appears on Chrome, Smoke & BBQ and Rancho Texicano. The rap duo EPMD sampled "Cheap Sunglasses" on their song "You're a Customer" (which appears on their 1988 debut album Strictly Business).
In a Guitar World article, lead guitarist Billy Gibbons said that he used a Marshall Major amplifier and a Maestro ring modulator on this song, and that the amplifier had a blown tube during recording which added to the tonal character of the song. The Marshall Major is a slightly taller, 200-watt version of the classic Marshall 100-watt head.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||89|
Nutty covered the song as a mashup of a Ramsey Lewis Song, entitled The Sunglass Crowd in 2015.
Apathy (rapper) covered the song on his 2007 mixtape album Baptism by Fire.
- Billy Gibbons - lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
- Dusty Hill - bass, keyboards
- Frank Beard - drums
- "Steven Tyler, Mastodon, Wolfmother, Filter Featured On ZZ Top Tribute Album". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
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