Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top

Song#:  1540
Date:  07/23/1983
Debut:  80
Peak:  56
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Blues-Rock

Pop Bits:  The Texas trio scored their third Top 40 entry with "Gimme All Your Lovin'," the first single from their Eliminator album. This second single couldn't quite reach the same level, but it was a hit at Rock reaching #8. The video for this song was very popular and it continued with the same theme that was set in the video for "Gimme." MTV would be a very good thing for the band as it would help make Eliminator their most successful album.

ReduxReview:  For me, the band hit the peak of their powers with this track. It was where their Southern boogie blues melded perfectly with their new synth-driven sound. I would never be a big fan of the group, but it is hard to deny something as tasty as this song. I'm actually surprised that it peaked at #56. It is one of those songs that I thought for sure did a lot better - especially because it was all over our local radio and the video was constantly played on MTV. Really, the peak became irrelevant because everyone knew this track and Eliminator found its way to millions of stereos.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  In 1977, the trio was set to take a quick three-month break that somehow turned into a 2-year hiatus. During that time, two members of the band, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, grew out their beards. The lengthy facial hair became a trademark that they have maintained ever since. The band's drummer refrained from growing his out, which is a bit ironic because his name is Frank Beard.



  1. I think sometimes these famous songs don't make it very far up the charts because people just go straight to buying the album instead. Lots of popular Led Zeppelin songs are like that.

    1. I think that is the case too, especially with a lot of rock tracks.