Houston's Best Gifts To The Music World

Ed. Note: Rocks Off is still in a holiday frame of mind... actually we meant to post this before Christmas, but they're just as true now. No refunds, no exchanges.

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Here is Craig's Hlist point of view: Houston has given so much to the world, from ZZ Top, Jandek, Beyonce Knowles, and everything in between, that we think we maybe deserve a few gifts ourselves. Maybe well-behaved audiences, cheaper beer at bigger venues, fewer tours skipping us for Austin, and maybe a few decent radio stations. That's all. And super-lax pot laws.

But we might as well be asking for the moon now. But wait, we helped get all of you to the moon itself. Or at least watch the moon landing on TV.

Houston's contributions to the music world are legion. We have had some stellar brains running around this city, from rappers to metalheads, to folkies and impresarios. We can't forget ecstasy, the Astrodome, breast implants, and Hilary Duff either. No telling how many musicians have benefited from boob jobs.

Here is just some of the things we Houstonians can claim as our own. You know, Blue October was born here too, if that matters. If you call smoke and mirrors, weirdness, general evasion and lead singer Justin Furstenfeld's voice a gift, then add that to the list.

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ZZ Top

You thought you knew what a beard was until this trio came slithering out of our fair city, smelling of blues, tacos, whiskey, and reefer.

DJ Screw & Drank

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Don Walsh, Richard Ramirez, Beau Beasley, Culturcide, Indian Jewelry, you take your pick. Houston does noise right.

International Artists

This defunct local label, started in 1965 and now gone since 1970, put out albums by the Red Krayola, 13th Floor Elevators, Bubble Puppy, and Lightnin' Hopkins, backed by former Elevators members. This site has an excellent history of the label and its recordings as well.

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