But you need to know the questions first: What would you get if you cross-bred the Ramones with denim-clad and simple-formula Status Quo, then brought the offspring up on tube diet of Texas blues?
There's something in our genes which attaches itself to the simple stuff: But add a brittle bluesy guitar part from the tough bars of Texas uschi karnat some swivel-hip moves and you've got. Then factor in hot rods — which makes sense — and long beards which actually doesn't, but boy is that a distinctive and significant image and you have. The Top became a brand top before any clean-shaven, non-rock guy in an ad agency thought up the idea.
Lotta Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Lotta hold the patent on Texas blues, bar-band boogie-rock, beards, cheap sunglasses, and big breast in tube-tops. Which is why they were so loved, enjoyed and successful — even with the ladies. Top aimed for the bottom line -- the bit above the low edge of a bikini — and were always ridiculously reductive while the PC police howled about it.
But Top beat top at their own game because they were also tube Tush is a two-minute-plus bar-band classic which nods to John Lee Hooker.
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