ZZ Top – Eliminator

MTV was in and the popularity of blues and southern rock seemed to be waning as the 1980’s moved along. I think ZZ Top took note of that when they went into the studio to record their 8th album. “Eliminator” still sounded like ZZ Top, but with its heavier use of synthesizers and electronic drum machines it definitely had a different feel than the Texas trio’s earlier records. It was a shift in style that paid off for them big time. “Eliminator” became ZZ Top’s most successful album, selling more than 10 million copies and topping the album charts in numerous countries around the world.

And then there were the videos…

In 1983, MTV was still made its bread and butter playing music videos. The popularity of “Eliminator” was helped enormously by an unforgettable video trilogy for the songs “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Sharp Dressed Man”, and “Legs”. They were all over MTV back then and opened up ZZ Top up to a whole new audience, helping to the little band from Texas become one of the hugest acts of the early ’80s.