Manic Mechanic

Album: Degüello (1979)
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Songfacts®:

  • 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.

Comments: 4

  • Phillip from The Rocket CityBet. He's saying he won the bet because he put the "coon tune" on his car.
  • Ratchet from Da BurghA coon tune is a tune up without new parts. Clean the plugs, set the dwell and timing, adjust the carb. Usually to make the car a little hotter or faster for a race, after it needs detuned so it's more drivable around town. Don't know if the term is racist or not but black folks back in the day generally didn't have alot of bread. I can't believe with all the comments and questions about this lyric nobody got it right, thought this was common knowledge amongst all older gearheads/motorheads.
  • A G from Louisville Did Joe Wayne Hardy play bass on Manic Mechanic?
  • Jon Livingston from Michigan What exactly is the meaning of . "I done put the coon tune on this bet" ? And is it actually bet or vette ?
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