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Try not to hold it against them that they played at President George W. Bush's Inaugural Ball - somewhere, deep down inside the hearts of this blues-rock powerhouse from Texas, ZZ Top does have its priorities in line.

Case in point: "Heard It on the X," recorded and released on ZZ Top's album Fandango! in 1975. I secretly dug this song every time I'd heard it, but never had I paid any attention to the lyrics.

Once I did, it became clear that "the X" is a sly reference to the crossbones of the scull-and-crossbones symbol familiar to us all.

What clinched it was ZZ Top's reference to "Dr. B.," who can be none other than the infamous Dr. John R. Brinkley, whose infamous million-watt Mexican border radio escapade is legendary in pirate radio history.

They're not exactly known for their lyrics, but ZZ Top wins big because of the words. That, and the infectious groove, of course, which has fueled the band's last 16 albums. These boys will continue to groove until they die.