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Eliminator by ZZ Top (Warner Brothers, 1983)

Eliminator was ZZ Top’s eighth studio album and remains the band’s most successful album with sales of over 10 million copes in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, Eliminator has reached Diamond certification in both Canada and the U.S.; 4 times Platinum in both Australia and the UK; 2 times Platinum in France; Platinum in Finland; 3 times Gold in Germany and Gold certification in Austria.

Critics adored the album, praising the songwriting and the band’s use of synthesizers. (ZZ Top had recently begun using synths on their previous album El Loco and wanted to expand that sound on Eliminator.) The album singles’ music videos were in heavy rotation on MTV during the 80s. In addition, Eliminator featured a customized 30s Ford Coupe on the cover and that same car was in their music videos as well.

Eliminator was produced by the band’s manager Bill Ham. The album’s five single releases were Gimme All Your Love (#37 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Mainstream Rock); Got Me Under Pressure (#18 on Mainstream Rock); Sharp Dressed Man (#56 on Hot 100 and #8 on Mainstream Rock); TV Dinners (#38 on Mainstream Rock) and Legs (#8 on Hot 100, #3 on Mainstream Rock and #13 on Hot Dance/Club Play).

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