80s Rock - ZZ Top

 
 

The red 1933 Ford 3-window coupe hot rod, "The Eliminator", was customized by Don Thelen at Paramount. The car was featured in a video trilogy from the album Eliminator, consisting of "Sharp Dressed Man", "Gimme All Your Lovin,'" and "Legs." 

 

ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man (1983)

The video for Sharp Dressed Man continues the "male fantasy come to life" of the Gimme All Your Lovin' video released earlier in 1983. This was the second hit single from the Eliminator album (third single in the U.S.) and reached No.22 in the singles chart.

The song features in the opening titles to the US reality TV show Duck Dynasty which is also aired in the UK on Freeview.

During the 80s, ZZ Top provided a consistent sound of rockin' blues with most of the songs being written by the trio themselves - Gibbons, Hill and Beard. Dusty Hill once described himself as "Immune to fashion".

ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man single sleeve front

Legs (1983)

The title of this track (and the photo on the single sleeve) tells you all you need to know about the subject matter! Legs was the third hit single from the Eliminator album for the 80s rock band, reaching #16 in the UK singles chart and #8 in the U.S. A remixed dance version also reached #13 in the U.S. dance charts.

The video won an MTV award for the Best Group Video. Unfortunately, most of the original 80s videos by ZZ Top are unavailable for copyright reasons, but I hope you will enjoy the live versions on this page. ZZ Top are a great live band, and you get to hear all those extra guitar riffs!

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Stages (1986)
Stages was the second single from the band's ninth album Afterburner and reached #21 in the US and #43 here in the UK. The B-side on the 7" vinyl was entitled Can't Stop Rockin'. However, a different song featured on the 12" version called Hi Fi Mama, along with an extended version of Stages.

Viva Las Vegas (1992)

This cover of Elvis Presley's hit single was released to promote ZZ Top's Greatest Hits album which features many of their great eighties hits and reached No.10 in the UK singles chart.
ZZ Top - Viva Las Vegas - 5 inch CD single (1992)
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Released in September 2012, La Futura was ZZ Top's first album in nine years.

 

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