NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - ZZ TOP "ELIMINATOR"
The UK didn't really know what to make of this trio, two men with long beards and one with a moustache. The five singles released from this 1983 album were received all very differently. The first single remains their biggest hit, reaching number 10 (matched only by their Elvis inspired "Vivea Las Vegas" in later years. "Gimme All Your Lovin'" was superb, something like I had never heard before. That pumping drumbeat and twangy Country guitar solos with a sound that seemed like there were definitely more than two guitarists on the record, it was so big and loud. Add the catchy chorus and it was an immense introduction to ZZ Top. The video was the first in the classic "keyring and car" videos. The second single "Got Me Under Pressure" failed to chart here. It was a classic fast Blues guitar driven track, searing guitar solosand the same pumping drumbeat that appeared on the first single. Not sure why this wasn't accepted by the Brits, maybe the chorus wasn't as catchy or as frequent. "Sharp Dressed Man" was the third single and got the Z's back in the chart peaking at number 22. The cool video also probably helped it to chart, similar in vein to "Gimme All Your Lovin'", al the elements were re-invented for this track and again a superb catchy chorus. "TV Dinners" had a really weird, scary video and this 4th single also failed to chart here. It is a much slower track, with a lot more Blues elements, the slow drawl of the guitars and laid back drumbeat, not one of my alltime favourites but its a very quirky, eerie song! The last track to be released as a single, "Legs" is definitely my favourite ZZ Top song, if not only for the video! Check it out, you will see why it is called "Legs"! It reached number 16 in the UK chart and was another "keyring and car" video. An ideal "driving" song, chucg-a-chug drums and guitars, with a great Texas vibe, Blues and Country twang, memorable chorus, it is just a great song!