My music playlist for today (June 28, 2012 edition)

Album rock.  Arena rock.  Blues-rock.  Boogie rock.  Hard rock.  Contemporary pop/rock.  Dance-rock.  Southern rock.  So many of these descriptions have been placed on ZZ Top, and the thing is that so many of them fit so well.

ZZ Top, Drammenshallen, Norway, October 20th 1983

ZZ Top, Drammenshallen, Norway, October 20th 1983 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll just leave it at classic rock.

Blues-rock almost fits the best, and Billy Gibbons is known as one of the best Texas blues guitarists around.  But along with bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, they’ve pushed beyond that envelope enough times that it’s impossible to keep them pinned down to just one “flavor.”

So why even try?

The music they put out in the 1970s … yeah, there was a lot of bare-bones blues in there.  What they were doing in the ’80s when MTV started setting the tone for style … it took ZZ Top to a whole different world.

They’ve reached the masses with those cheap sunglasses.

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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