Tag: ZZ Top

Thursday 7/29/21 12am ET: Feature LP: ZZ Top – Eliminator (1983)

Eliminator is the eighth studio album by American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983, by Warner Bros. Records. Recorded in Tennessee during 1982, the album was produced by the band’s manager Bill Ham and peaked at the top of the charts in many countries. “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Got Me Under Pressure”, “Sharp Dressed Man”, “TV Dinners”, and “Legs” were released as singles. A Diamond certified album, Eliminator is ZZ Top’s most commercially successful release, with sales of over 10 million copies in the United States alone.

The band wanted to expand on the synthesizer sound of their 1981 album El Loco. Influenced by new wave, Eliminator′s tracks were recorded with a combination of the synthesizer, drum machine and sequencer. The album used music videos as successful promotional tools — the videos for “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” received regular rotation on MTV and helped the band gain popularity with a teenage fan base. A customized 1933 Ford coupe, depicted on the album cover, could be seen in the videos. Following Eliminator′s release, ZZ Top embarked on a worldwide concert tour.

Often considered ZZ Top’s most popular release, the record was ranked at number 398 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was listed at number 39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s.

After the success of “Legs”, Eliminator was reissued with the song’s edited single remix replacing the original version. The single remix was also used on many CD pressings. CDs manufactured in Germany by Record Service Alsdorf still used the original album mix. In 2008, Eliminator was remastered and reissued, with the addition of bonus tracks and a DVD containing music videos and live performances. The original version of “Legs” was included, while the single mix of the song remained on the album as a bonus track.

  1. “Gimme All Your Lovin'” 3:59
  2. “Got Me Under Pressure” 3:59
  3. “Sharp Dressed Man” 4:13
  4. “I Need You Tonight” 6:14
  5. “I Got the Six” 2:52
  6. “Legs” 4:35
  7. “Thug” Gibbons, Hill, Beard, Linden Hudson 4:17
  8. “TV Dinners” 3:50
  9. “Dirty Dog” 4:05
  10. “If I Could Only Flag Her Down” 3:40
  11. “Bad Girl” 3:16
  12. “Legs” (Dance Mix) 7:48

Billy Gibbons – guitars, vocals
Dusty Hill – bass, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on “I Got the Six” and “Bad Girl”
Frank Beard – drums, percussion
Jimi Jamison – backing vocals
Terry Manning – synthesizers, drum machine, engineer

Wednesday 7/28/21 8pm ET: In Memoriam / Artist Countdown: ZZ Top – Top 30 Hits

Dusty Hill passed away July 28, 2021

ZZ Top, an American blues rock band. They have released 15 studio albums, four live albums, seven compilation albums and 44 singles and has sold over 25 million albums in the US with additional sales internationally.

1Viva Las Vegas1992
2Gimme All Your Lovin’1983
3Sleeping Bag1985
4Doubleback1990
5Legs1984
6Sharp Dressed Man1983
7Rough Boy1986
8Pincushion1994
9Stages1985
10Velcro Fly1986
11Give It Up1991
12Got Me Under Pressure1983
13My Head’s in Mississippi1990
14La Grange1973
15What’s Up with That1996
16Breakaway1994
17TV Dinners1983
18Tush1975
19Tube Snake Boogie1981
20Concrete and Steel1990
21Can’t Stop Rockin’1985
22Gun Love1992
23She’s Just Killing Me1996
24Fearless Boogie1999
25Decision or Collision1991
26Delirious1986
27Woke Up with Wood1986
28Bang Bang1996
29Girl in a T-Shirt1994
30Pearl Necklace1981

In Memoriam: Dusty Hill (1949 – 2021)

Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the bassist and secondary lead vocalist of the American rock group ZZ Top; he also played keyboards with the band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of ZZ Top, in 2004.

Hill, his brother, and future fellow ZZ Top member Frank Beard played in local Dallas bands the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers, and American Blues. From 1966 to 1968, American Blues played the Dallas-Fort Worth-Houston circuit. In 1969, Hill was a member of a fake version of the British band The Zombies with Beard.

In 1968, the band decided to leave the Dallas–Fort Worth area and relocate to Houston. At this time, however, Rocky Hill wanted to focus on “straight blues”, while Dusty wanted the band to rock more. Rocky left the band and Dusty and Beard moved to Houston, joining guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons of Houston psychedelic-rockers Moving Sidewalks in the recently formed ZZ Top just after they released their first single in 1969. Hill played bass and keyboards the bad and was secondary lead vocalist.

Hill’s on-screen appearances include Back to the Future Part III, Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme, WWE Raw and Deadwood, and as himself in the 11th-season episode of King of the Hill, “Hank Gets Dusted”, in which Hank Hill is said to be Dusty’s cousin. He also made an appearance on The Drew Carey Show as himself auditioning for a spot in Drew’s band, but is rejected because of his attachment to his trademark beard which he refers to as a ‘Texas Goatee’.

In 2000 he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, and as a result, ZZ Top canceled their European tour. Hill resumed work in 2002.

Hill was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of ZZ Top, in 2004.

On July 28, 2021, Hill died in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas, aged 72. His death was announced by his ZZ Top bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard.

Monday 11/9/2020 8pm ET: Feature LP: ZZ Top – Afterburner (1985)

Afterburner is the ninth studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top, released October 28, 1985. Afterburner was a financial success, going several times platinum and launching several hit singles, the most successful of which was “Sleeping Bag” which peaked at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the UK, it was the band’s second album to be certified by the British Phonographic Industry, attaining Gold (100,000 units) in 1985. In 1990, it was certified Platinum (300,000 units).

“Sleeping Bag” – 4:03
“Stages” – 3:32
“Woke Up with Wood” – 3:45
“Rough Boy” – 4:50
“Can’t Stop Rockin'” – 3:02

“Planet of Women” – 4:09
“I Got the Message” – 3:27
“Velcro Fly” – 3:29
“Dipping Low (In the Lap of Luxury)” – 3:11
“Delirious” – 3:41

Billy Gibbons – guitar, lead and backing vocals
Dusty Hill – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Can’t Stop Rockin'” and “Delirious”, keyboards
Frank Beard – drums

Monday 12am ET: Feature LP: ZZ Top – Goin’ 50

Packed with enough hits to fill a roadhouse jukebox, GOIN’ 50 spans the band’s entire musical career, from its 1969 debut, and its multi-platinum zenith during the Eighties, to its most-recent releases. This new retrospective includes an array from each of the 15 studio albums that guitarist Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard and bassist Dusty Hill have recorded since 1970. Two bonus tracks, “Salt Lick” and “Miller’s Farm” – a single and b-side respectively – were recorded in 1969 by the original incarnation of ZZ Top.

1. La Grange 3:52
2. Sharp Dressed Man 4:12
3. Gimme All Your Lovin’ 4:00
4. Tush 2:16
5. Legs 4:33
6. Rough Boy 4:50
7. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide 4:47
8. Cheap Sunglasses 4:46
9. Got Me Under Pressure 3:58
10. Sleeping Bag 4:02
11. Velcro Fly 3:29
12. Doubleback 3:56
13. Viva Las Vegas 4:44
14. Salt Lick 2:45
15. Miller’s Farm 2:35
16. (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree 2:35
17. Francine 3:32
18. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers 3:23
19. Waitin For The Bus 3:00
20. Jesus Just Left Chicago (Live from Nashville) 4:38
21. Heard It on the X 2:24
22. Backdoor Medley: 9:51
23. It’s Only Love 4:23
24. Arrested for Driving While Blind 3:06
25. Enjoy and Get It On 3:23
26. I Thank You 3:23
27. Leila 3:15
28. Tube Snake Boogie 3:02
29. Pearl Necklace 4:05
30. TV Dinners 3:50
31. Can’t Stop Rockin’ 3:03
32. Stages 3:31
33. Delirious 3:41
34. Woke up with Wood 3:45
35. Concrete and Steel 3:48
36. My Head’s in Mississippi 4:19
37. Give It Up 3:30
38. Decision or Collision 4:02
39. Gun Love 3:39
40. Pincushion 4:33
41. Breakaway 4:57
42. Girl in a T-Shirt 4:10
43. Fuzzbox Voodoo 4:42
44. She’s Just Killing Me 4:56
45. What’s up with That 5:20
46. Bang Bang 4:28
47. Rhythmeen 3:53
48. Fearless Boogie 4:01
49. 36-22-36 2:35
50. Piece 4:19

Monday 4pm ET: Feature Artist – ZZ Top

ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970, consisted of vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons (the band’s leader, main lyricist and musical arranger), bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. “As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers”, according to critic Michael “Cub” Koda. “Gibbons is one of America’s finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom […] while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.”

The band released its first album, ZZ Top’s First Album, in 1971. Beginning with blues-inspired rock, the trio later incorporated new wave, punk rock and dance-rock by using synthesizers. Their songs have a reputation for containing humorous lyrics laced with double entendres and innuendos.

The band’s top-selling album is their 1983 release Eliminator, which sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. Total record sales of 25 million place ZZ Top among the top-100-selling artists in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. That includes eleven gold, seven platinum and three multi-platinum albums as of 2016, according to the RIAA. By 2014, ZZ Top had sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Saturday 12pm ET: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

On Brit Rock this week music from Gary Moore, AC/DC, Jeff Lynne, Extreme, Billy Idol, Faith No More, Fish, Aerosmith,Quireboys, Black Crowes, Stranglers, Boston, Deep Purple, Killers, The Eagles, Chris Cornell, The Fray, Kings Of Leon, U2, The Scorpions, Genesis, Dire Straits, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Frijid Pink, Queen, Cinderella, Foreigner, Russ Ballard, Peter Gabriel, Gun, The Hooters, ZZ Top, Richard Marx, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Rainbow.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.  Encore at 12am Sunday morning.