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Thursday, August 11, 2011

ZZ Top - Eliminator

A-how-how-how-how. Good old ZZ Top. One of my very good friends hates ZZ Top with a passion. And it's a very misguided hatred. We used to listen to the music on cable channels in college, and they'd come on all the time. The trivia allowed me to know that the only member of ZZ Top without a giant beard, is named Frank Beard. Odd? Yes. Funny? A little. Interesting? Not really. 'Eliminator' here came out in 1983 (great year) and has sold a TON of albums. How many you ask? Well, it's certified diamond - which is 10+ million. I can't find an actual figure, otherwise I'd shout it out. Just popping this in for the first time today, it's easy to tell why it has sold like it has. It's 11 tracks deep, and half of them saw major radio airplay. It's the eighth studio album for ZZ, and this album was meant to be slightly experimental. They wanted to use more synthesizer and make a more pop music type album. Something that didn't initially go over well within the band. The record is pretty much all synth, drum machine and a sequencer. You can tell just from listening to it. It's got the signature car on the cover and the name itself is named after the winning of a street drag race. All things are are supercool and would help sell a lot of records. The videos helped too, thanks to that newfangled music television. All in all, this is a classic. Hate 'em or love 'em, this album is worth the praise and respect it gets.

1. Gimme All Your Lovin'
2. Got Me Under Pressure
3. Sharp Dressed Man
4. I Need You Tonight
5. I Got the Six
6. Legs
7. Thug
8. TV Dinners
9. Dirty Dog
10. If I Could Only Flag Her Down
11. Bad Girl

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Sharp Dressed Man
2. Legs
3. Gimme All Your Lovin'

4.25 out of 5 stars


  1. i say, it's really hard to pick the order of those top three. because they're all SO GOOD.

    and i am so pissed i missed zz top AGAIN - at the state fair last week.

  2. I totally agree. Solid stuff from the bearded dudes.

    I saw them live once - was a cool show. Not a band I'd say I couldn't miss ever again.