XXX Chicago #AtoZChallenge

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While XXX typically refers to the adult entertainment industry in most parts of the world (and on this blog!), today’s post is actually about something completely different.

It’s about a band from Chicago…

NAMED Chicago…

With an album entitled…

You guessed it:

XXX

Now, I’ll admit I’m not actually a fan of Chicago (the band, anyway). I couldn’t name a single one of their tunes, even if my life depended on it.

But it turns out, they were just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. (Along with NWA, Cheap Trick [another Chicago band!], Steve Miller and Deep Purple, for those keeping score.)

And they wrote these songs:

I have no idea what “25 or 6 to 4” even means, but I’ve definitely heard this song on various classic rock stations throughout the years. Their horn section pretty much rocks.

Apparently Jimi Hendrix even told the band that their guitarist was better than he was. Whoa.

But I still have to wonder why they named their twentieth album “XXX,” since X is the Roman numeral for 10, and therefore 3 Xs = 30, not 20. Is the extra X for extra credit? Predicting another 10 years of rockin’?

I guess you’d have to ask them.

Chicago bands that aren’t Chicago

Here are a few bands and solo artists that I do like, who are originally from Chicago:

    • The Chi-Lites
    • Fall Out Boy
    • Liz Phair
    • Smashing Pumpkins
    • Veruca Salt
    • Wesley Willis

Not to mention the many talented jazz and blues artists Chicago has produced over the decades!

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What about you?

What’s your favorite Chicago band?

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  1. Kevin says:

    Chicago XXX was the band’s twentieth studio album, but their thirtieth album overall. As for the title, “25 or 6 to 4,” it’s an answer to the Chicago song “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”. The answer is 25 or 26 minutes to 4 o’clock.