1983, the breakthrough year when hardrock and heavymetal took a stand and brushed-off the disco-leftovers and the newwaves-preppies. The year when ACCEPT, DEF LEPPARD and new bad-boys MÖTLEY CRÜE broke down rocknroll barriers and made millions of ear-drums bleed.
...and our asses where about to get kicked a little more by some little 'ol band from Texas !
Where the electronic-synth started on 1981's El Loco, they were now the norm with this new and improved winning-formula. Massive rhythms, massive guitars and now massive fan-base. Released on April 23, 1983, ZZ TOP took the flag and ran away with it. Having been around since 1971, the beer-drinkers and hell-raisers were finally hitting a Grand Slam with their 8th release, the iconic show-stopper, RIAA-certified Diamond 10 million+ selling high-beam rock-machine: Eliminator !!!
Drummer Frank Beard kicks the door wide-open with "Gimme All Your Lovin", all hips are shakin', all fists are pumpin' and all heads are bangin' ...grade-A American southern-rocknroll. The heat turns-up a notch with "Got Me Under Pressure", look around you, that sea of air-guitar players in action. What Angus Young started, Billy F. Gibbons perfected it !
Slow down, Zippo in the air, take a deep breath and hold on to that special someone, coz "I Need You Tonight", and get right back into action as bikers unite for some fine delicacy with some "TV Dinners" that will surely fill some of the biggest rock-appetite.
In strip-bars across the nation, 4 years before the women got some sugar poured on, this muscular-hit was the be-all end-all of late-nite tavern-rocknroll. The electric "Legs" stunts the masses with it's infectious synth-rhythm and rock-solid drumbeat. The best elements of hardrock and that addictive shuffle guitar-pattern. Earth-shaking !
And now, Ladies and Gentlemen:
...kindly remove hats
...apply right-hand palm to the chest
...and pledge allegiance to the Rock-N-Roll State Of The Union address.
WELCOME TO THE TONE-ZONE !!!
"Sharp Dressed Man" is the 80s-track of all 80s-tracks. The attitude in altitude, where testosterone freely burns like gasoline. Rebels in fashion, who says you cannot kick ass in a 3-piece-suit ? Full low-end bass, rough dirty guitars, pounding drums and that snarl vocal line that makes 'em weak at the knees. A lethal dose of boogie-rocknroll that has taken the air-waves by storm. If you don't get the vibe of this one, you must be rigor-mortis !
Back then, there was the single-45, then there was FM-radio and now there was MTV ...yet MTV wouldn't have a gig without ZZ TOP and the video trilogy of "Gimme All Your Lovin", "Sharp Dress Man" and "Legs" The time was right, the people wanted it and the people got it. There is no household in America that DIDN'T possessed a copy of Eliminator. Let the good times roll with crowd-gathering heavy-blues rocknroll.
While the hardrock-orgy started with AEROSMITH, it then exploded with KISS and went beyond beyond with VAN HALEN ...it was now Texas's terrifying trio-time. What a great time to be a decadent acid-jeans wearin', arcade playin', muscle-car drivin', hair-spray fixin', Malboro smokin', Budweiser drinkin' and cocaine snortin' teenager in America !
ZZ TOP is the band and the year is 1983.
Gimme All Your Lovin' - video
Sharp Dressed Man - video
Legs - video featuring the spinnin' furry guitars
Interview in 1983 on French TV
Live on The Tube in 1983
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