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Manic Mechanic by ZZ Top
Album: DegüelloReleased: 1980
In a 1985 interview with Spin magazine, ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill explained the inspiration for this song: "We have a good friend who's a mechanic, and he's just wild. A long time ago, I had this old Triumph car, and it kept messing up real bad, and I asked him over to the house. We had a few beers, and I said, 'Why don't you take a look at my car.' He reached up under my dashboard, and he ripped out a handful of wires and he said, 'First of all, you don't need this.' I don't know anything about cars, but I figured they wouldn't be in there if they weren't necessary. I said, 'God, man!' But he fixed it. He was the manic mechanic. A lot of mechanics get a little manic behind it. People get manic dealing with mechanics, too."
Billy Gibbons is big on cars (he bought the 1933 Ford that appears in many of their videos and on the Eliminator album cover). The sound on the introduction to this song is a 1964 Dodge Dart that belonged to Gibbons' father.