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The Ninety-Nine

By NWSPR on March 29, 2020 9:46 pm

Living out my secret ZZ Top fantasy! I've always wanted to do this but watching the ZZ Top documentary on Netflix pushed me over the fucking edge. Maybe I got coronavirus, or maybe I got the fever for Texas style boogie woogie synth rock from the 80s and the only cure is Linn Drums and Fairlight. Don't judge me.  I grew up in Florida. Also, some of you were very encouraging last week regarding my limited guitar skills, so of course I had to double down. Never tell a bass player they can play guitar. It goes to their head.



Lyrics

99 tears and 55 years, mighty fine time to live in fear
99 problems but you ain't one, 52 weeks to get the job done

99 ways to leave your lover, I only need one to get me to cover
99 bottles of beer on the wall, 5 good reasons to drink them all

99 songs that I want to cover, only three chords, I forgot all the others
99 problems but you ain't one, 52 weeks to get the job done

Uh huh. m m m.

Instruments: Gibson Ripper Bass, Reverend Guitar, Sennheiser vocal mic, Logic X, Misc. Virtual synths and drum machines, Classic Fairlight CMI samples found on the internets.

Hope you are all staying well, healthy and making the most of the coronapocalypse.  See you in the comments.

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

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March 30, 2020 12:12 am

Very cool, I really like your vocals and the catchy guitars.

March 30, 2020 12:21 am

Ha!  Yeah I totally get the ZZ Top vibe from this.  Did you grow out an appropriate beard?  I would definitely encourage you to continue to explore your guitar and vocals excursions.  They sound totally killer to me.

March 30, 2020 12:49 am

Hell yeah dude, this is fucking awesome.  Such a solid classic rock song, love it.  Those orchestra hits are everything, they take this track from awesome to fucking awesome.

March 30, 2020 3:31 am

Yess amazing energy. The sounds effects work so well too lmao, and it's so cool how you mixed the guitar and the synths like that. Great stomping rhythm, big thumbs up.

March 30, 2020 4:49 am

I get the ZZ top vibe. It reminds me also of Slow Ride by Foghat. With hits! And an electro bududubdududubu! It's a gloomy day here, I needed that sunshine on Monday.

March 30, 2020 6:42 pm

This is blowing me away! big_smile I love the break/hits and those ultra thumpy toms with the super wide pan, cowbell to boot! Like Kedbreak said, this bring some much needed sunshine in my house! The lyrics, the synths, the guitar, everything is carefully laid out and well mixed, awesome production on this heart heart heart

March 30, 2020 7:36 pm

Wow! This is ... a giant of a song!!! It is ZZ Top, but then you add those cool effects ... it is funny, but also really well executed. And is it your voice? Mixing is topnotch!!
And again, how you manage to insert those hiphop breaks and make it sound natural ... that is insane!!! Well done man!!!

March 31, 2020 8:26 pm
dj someguy wrote:

Wow! This is ... a giant of a song!!! It is ZZ Top, but then you add those cool effects ... it is funny, but also really well executed. And is it your voice? Mixing is topnotch!!
And again, how you manage to insert those hiphop breaks and make it sound natural ... that is insane!!! Well done man!!!

Thanks! And yes that is my voice after straining it until I got a soar throat. Glad you saw the humor in it as well.  I was trying for an over the top production, but I do love ZZ Top!

March 31, 2020 8:29 pm
Gab Manette wrote:

This is blowing me away! big_smile I love the break/hits and those ultra thumpy toms with the super wide pan, cowbell to boot! Like Kedbreak said, this bring some much needed sunshine in my house! The lyrics, the synths, the guitar, everything is carefully laid out and well mixed, awesome production on this <3 <3 <3

Thanks Gab, I know I have said this before, but you are 100% responsible for me upping my toms game!

March 31, 2020 9:23 pm

FUCK YES! Absolutely killer job. Guitar tone and tom fills are perfect. Panning is also spectacular. I'll be listening to this a few times. People say ZZ Top, but I get the "Slow Ride" by Edgar Winter Group vibes which is sweet as hell.

April 1, 2020 4:55 pm

Grew up listening to classic rock radio with a healthy dose of ZZ lol. This is legit. That "ah-haw" is perfect XD

April 2, 2020 3:53 am

hahaha, your description is awesome. And hell yeah you did this right man. I didn't know I needed ZZ Top dose ... but I freaking did. This should keep me rocking all week. Kille job. I gotta go watch that doc, who knows what it'll inspire. True about never telling bassist to play guitar, but in this case it really paid off, glad you got motivated from last weeks. Nice lyrics too, I think I enjoyed this more than I remember enjoying ZZ top really.

April 2, 2020 1:36 pm

A guitar is just a baby bass, you're doing fine. Just don't go touching any banjos.

April 2, 2020 5:27 pm

Yes! This has it all, and your voice fits the style so well. Nice playing, great synths, great sounds, great orchestra hits (or whatever that is!), great playing. Favorited

April 3, 2020 12:11 am

April 4, 2020 12:02 pm

Geez man, I could have believed this was a collaboration with Billy Gibbons, nice work.

April 5, 2020 8:36 am

Wow, you truly nailed that bearded sound... great and surprising stuff!

April 6, 2020 6:06 pm
djippy wrote:

Very cool, I really like your vocals and the catchy guitars.


Thanks! Definitely one of my better efforts.  Need to get more range on my vocals.

CosmicCairns wrote:

Ha!  Yeah I totally get the ZZ Top vibe from this.  Did you grow out an appropriate beard?  I would definitely encourage you to continue to explore your guitar and vocals excursions.  They sound totally killer to me.


I'm working on that beard as I'm sure many of us in the quarantine zones are! Thanks for listening and the kind words. Will definitely try and push myself more this year on the vox and gits.

Chrisfoo wrote:

Hell yeah dude, this is fucking awesome.  Such a solid classic rock song, love it.  Those orchestra hits are everything, they take this track from awesome to fucking awesome.


Thanks Foo! Soometimes classic rock feels so good.  Like comfort food.  I love those Fairlight Orchestra hits.  Classic 80s sound! And you can't just use one.  Once you start, you have to go all in.

hieme wrote:

Yess amazing energy. The sounds effects work so well too lmao, and it's so cool how you mixed the guitar and the synths like that. Great stomping rhythm, big thumbs up.


Thanks! ZZ Top really pioneered that sound in the 80s and it was actually quite revolutionary to have a Texas blues rock band be one of the first rock bands to adopt usage of midi (which was relatively new), Fairlight sampling technologies (cutting edge at the time), and Linn Drum machine. So mad props to the originators!  Thanks for listening.

Kedbreak136 wrote:

I get the ZZ top vibe. It reminds me also of Slow Ride by Foghat. With hits! And an electro bududubdududubu! It's a gloomy day here, I needed that sunshine on Monday.


Glad to be of service and hoping it's looking nicer out there today.  Love some Foghat as well.  I have a soft spot for some of that dinosaur rock that died in the tar pits of 80s New Wave and Punk! Thanks for listening!

Jokinen wrote:

FUCK YES! Absolutely killer job. Guitar tone and tom fills are perfect. Panning is also spectacular. I'll be listening to this a few times. People say ZZ Top, but I get the "Slow Ride" by Edgar Winter Group vibes which is sweet as hell.


Ah yeah, Edgar Winter! Good stuff.  I'll have to re-listen and see if I was secretly channeling Slow Ride. Thanks for checking out my track!

roboctopus wrote:

Grew up listening to classic rock radio with a healthy dose of ZZ lol. This is legit. That "ah-haw" is perfect XD


Thanks! A-haw = funnest part smile

miraclemiles wrote:

hahaha, your description is awesome. And hell yeah you did this right man. I didn't know I needed ZZ Top dose ... but I freaking did. This should keep me rocking all week. Kille job. I gotta go watch that doc, who knows what it'll inspire. True about never telling bassist to play guitar, but in this case it really paid off, glad you got motivated from last weeks. Nice lyrics too, I think I enjoyed this more than I remember enjoying ZZ top really.

Thanks! I hope you did get a chance to check out the documentary. Not only for the awesome music, but to see three friends play music together for 50 years with no horrible stories of greed and pride poisoning the waters.  Very inspiring.  Also, they get into a bit of detail on production and that was interesting for any recording musician. Rock on!

Devieus wrote:

A guitar is just a baby bass, you're doing fine. Just don't go touching any banjos.


Thanks! Whose afraid of a baby bass, not me.  But a Banjo is some kind of upside down guitar with a tambourine for a body. Definitely staying away.

mikememo wrote:

Yes! This has it all, and your voice fits the style so well. Nice playing, great synths, great sounds, great orchestra hits (or whatever that is!), great playing. Favorited


Thanks Mike! Much appreciated.  Those orchestral hits are samples of the mighty Fairlight CMI that cost tens of thousands of dollars in the 80s, but would now be significantly less powerful than an iPad.

Ipaghost wrote:


I wish I had a fuzzy guitar

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