I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
Label: Warner Records
"Cheap Sunglasses" is one of ZZ Top's biggest hits but it's the strutting, indescribably cool "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," and Billy Gibbons' phased vocal aside on "She Loves My Automobile" that really put this one in a category with the best blues rock of the '70s. Muscle cars, being sloppy stoned and drunk, girls sporting short dresses and spike-heeled shoes -- these are the things ZZ Top songs are about. Nothing else matters, really. "Manic Mechanic" is probably the weirdest song they ever recorded and their trademark deadpan humor is all over everything.