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Radio XXV, side B, track 11: “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top

ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed ManOh, ZZ Top, so I thought this would be a good time to give a shout-out to my main man “Weird Al” Yankovic.  He didn’t get a lot of airplay during my radio-taping days, but that’s all right, I had all of his tapes.  While I loved all my radio stars, I can safely say that during this time in my life, “Weird Al” was my favorite artist.  I know what you’re wondering, ZZ Top.  Why the hell am I singing the praises of “Weird Al” when today we’re featuring one of your excellent songs?  Well, here’s the thing, ZZ Top, while the radio introduced me to a lot of great music, “Weird Al” probably introduced it to me first.  There have been many times in my life where I heard “Weird Al”‘s parody of the song before I heard the actual song.  And this is one of them.  Technically, he didn’t parody this song so much as he polka-fied it, including it in the track “Hooked On Polkas”.  Which was on his tape “Dare To Be Stupid”.  Which was my first “Weird Al” tape, which I listened to endlessly.  And also, when I was listening to “Hooked On Polkas”, I didn’t realize that he was singing covers to other musicians’ songs.  So there have been several moments in my life where I would hear a song for the first time and realize that I’d actually heard the polka version of it thanks to “Weird Al”.  This isn’t the first such song, and it certainly won’t be the last.  But take a listen to both versions, ZZ Top.  Clearly you’ll prefer your own, but you have to admit, ZZ Top in a polka doesn’t sound half bad:

“Sharp Dressed Man”

<awesome ZZ Top jam>

Clean shirt
New shoes
And I don’t know where I am goin’ to

Silk suit
Black tie
I don’t need a reason why

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man

Gold watch
Diamond ring

I ain’t missin’ not a single thing

Cufflinks
Stick pin
When I step out, I’m gonna do you in

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man

<awesome ZZ Top jam>

Top coat

Top hat

Well, I don’t worry ’cause my wallet’s fat

Black shades
White gloves

Lookin’ sharp
Lookin’ for love

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man

<awesome ZZ Top jam>

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