Monday, September 17, 2012

The Wild Bunch And The Future of ZZ Top

September 17, 2012

Wish I could say my door barricade worked, but it didn't. Woke up at 5:30 this morning when I heard the doggy door to my studio being used, and by that I mean, clanging and grunting. Put on shoes and ran out to discover one of the Beibers in my studio and another in the back yard. Had to go around to the back door to shoo out the studio Bieber and on my way I ran into the Backyard Bieber who just stood there looking at me (if I didn't know better I'd say he was chuckling at my outfit). He appeared to be the senior leader (Sir William Bieber?) and he wasn't afraid of me in the least.

Couldn't find any duck tape, but jerry-rigged the doggy door one more time, finished a painting and came into work.

Speaking of stinking outlaws who pillage and plunder the Southwest, I'm still working on images of the Wild Bunch and Kid Curry in particular. Took this stab at Harvey Logan yesterday:

A little young and a little light-headed (Logan was described as dark featured), but it does give him a tad of sympathy, which perhaps he didn't deserve, but sometimes my outlaw sympathy surfaces in peculiar ways. Meanwhile, this morning I whipped this out after the Bieber Rampage and before I came into work. This is "The Cowboy Train Robber."

This is how we want the Wild Bunch members to look but there is very little evidence to support this. In almost every photo the boys are wearing civilian or business attire. I assume this was to blend in more, but it sure doesn't fit our romantic idea of how they dressed.

I read a review of ZZ Top's new album "La Futura" in the New York Times and downloaded the sucker on my cell phone ($9.95) yesterday, then Kathy hooked my cell phone up to my Ford Flex radio and as we tooled into The Beast, I was grooving all the way down and back. Billy Gibbons is such a guitar genius. His grooves are so chunky you half expect the sides of a mountain to come tumbling down. It's their first album in 9 years. "I Gotsta Ge Paid," is the best tune on the CD. Regarding his chunkiness, Gibbons is quite humorous:

"It's a real uphill challenge to battle the white-guyness. White people get nervous and speed things up. You don't have to be in a hurry because you ain't got nothin' to gain and you ain't got nothin' to lose. And that's where the groove lies."

—Billy Gibbons