A riff that’s both elegant and grinding, you say? Yep. Johnson lays it down on this stomping rocker that features his signature guitar sound, equal parts clean and distorted, with a vibrato attack that approximates a violin. The solo takes off in unexpected directions, zigging and zagging, playing off the drums, which in turn, do the same. It’s one of the best ZZ Top tunes that ZZ Top haven’t written.
Eric Johnson says:
“This song was kicking around for a few years, and I could never figure out what to do with it. Sometimes it takes a while for a number to find a home. And the funny thing is, this was the last track that I cut for the album, the one that I had in my back pocket for so long.
“I didn’t plan on recording it for the record, but right as I was finishing, I thought I was lacking an uptempo instrumental song, something that kind of rocks in a no-nonsense way. So I cut Fatdaddy at the last moment. To me, the riff is a little Jan Hammerish, and I definitely had that in mind for years. The solo, though, is completely improvised, which is why it sounds pretty fresh, I think.”