Tube Snake Boogie

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"Tube Snake Boogie"
Single by ZZ Top
from the album El Loco
B-side"Heaven, Hell or Houston"
"La Grange" (France)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Billy Gibbons
Dusty Hill
Frank Beard
Producer(s)Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Pearl Necklace"
"Tube Snake Boogie"
"Gimme All Your Lovin'"

"Tube Snake Boogie" is a song by American rock band ZZ Top from their 1981 album El Loco. It was released as a single the same year and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[1]

While the lyrics seem to imply sexual innuendo or double entendre, in the liner notes for the band's 1992 Greatest Hits album, it is explained that "'tube snake' is gnarly lingo for a surfboard, or 'boogie board.' Either way, it's good clean fun." However, this claim of surfing belies the lyrical content clearly indicating that the 'boogieing' is done at night.[citation needed]

The song was produced by Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning.

Record World said that "Frank Beard's jungle drums on the intro are ample warning that the energetic trio is ready to boogie" and noted the "virtuoso guitar work and gritty vocal."[2]

Cover versions[edit]


Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 103
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 4



  1. ^ "Rock Music: Top Mainstream Rock Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Single Picks" (PDF). Record World. December 5, 1981. p. 20. Retrieved 2023-03-02.