"Arrested for Driving While Blind" is a song by American blues rock band ZZ Top. Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, it was released as the second single from their fifth studio album Tejas (1976).
Background and lyric
The song ostensibly concerns the pleasures, and legal pitfalls, of driving under the influence, after dark, as an antidote to limited leisure opportunities. The song references a number of popular alcoholic beverage brands:
"When you're driving down the highway at night And you're feelin' that wild turkey's bite Don't give Johnny Walker a ride Cause Jack Black is right by your side You might get taken to the jailhouse and find You've been arrested for driving while blind." In a 1985 interview with Spin magazine, however, bass player Dusty Hill said that the song was not meant to encourage people to drive drunk: "That's not it at all. Billy introduces it: 'Don't get arrested for driving while blind.' We’re not saying, 'Don’t drink.' We're just doing a tune."
The album Tejas was produced by Bill Ham and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning. In 1987, a digitally remixed version of the recording was released on CD and the original 1976 mix version was discontinued. The remix version created controversy among fans because it significantly changed the sound of the instruments, especially the drums. On the original vinyl single release of "Arrested for Driving While Blind", the drum sound is more muted and the lead guitar solo far more prominent.
"Arrested for Driving While Blind" peaked at number ninety-one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Charts Chart (1977) Peak position US Billboard Hot 100 91