Originally Performed ByZZ Top
Original AlbumFandango (1975)
HistorianEllis Godard


Phish has twice covered “Tush,” the epitome of ZZ Top’s redneck rock though the shortest of the trio’s scores of originals. Both performances (12/6/86 and 8/10/87) rounded out cover-heavy sets, and the second was in a show with two other ZZ Top tunes (“La Grange” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago”). The song, a three-chord ditty about a plan to resolve libidinal urges, helped build the repertoire of what was becoming known as a great bar band from Vermont. But the tune didn’t translate well to larger venues, as witnessed in more recent soundchecks (e.g. 8/14/96).

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