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ZZ Top - Degüello.jpg
Studio album by ZZ Top
Released November 1979 (1979-11)[1]
Recorded 1979
Length 34:03
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
The Best of ZZ Top
(1977)The Best of ZZ Top1977
El Loco
(1981)El Loco1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau A− [3]
Smash Hits 8/10[4]

Degüello is the sixth studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). "Degüello" means "cut/slit someone's throat" or, idiomatically, when something is said to be done "a degüello", it means "no quarter" (as in "no surrender to be given or accepted--a fight to the death") in Spanish. It also was the title of a Moorish-origin bugle call used by the Mexican Army at the Battle of the Alamo, Texas, in 1836. It was the first ZZ Top release on Warner Bros. Records and eventually went platinum.

Degüello was produced by Bill Ham, recorded and mixed by Terry Manning, and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "I Thank You" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) 3:23
2. "She Loves My Automobile" 2:24
3. "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" 4:46
4. "A Fool for Your Stockings" 4:15
5. "Manic Mechanic" 2:37
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Dust My Broom" (Robert Johnson) 3:06
2. "Lowdown in the Street" 2:49
3. "Hi Fi Mama" 2:23
4. "Cheap Sunglasses" 4:48
5. "Esther Be the One" 3:31

Original LP pressings of Degüello credited authorship of "Dust My Broom" to Elmore James.





AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 24
1984 The Billboard 200 183


SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Cheap Sunglasses" Pop Singles 89
1980 "I Thank You" Pop Singles 34


  1. ^ Edwards, Eyries and Callahan (2004). "WB Album Discography, Part 9". Both Sides Now Publications. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
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  4. ^ Hepworth, David. "ZZ Top: Deguello". Smash Hits (March 20 – April 2, 1999): 31.