Watch the Lookin' Sharp online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Play in the Style of Billy Gibbons
ZZ Top had a huge second chapter to their career starting in 1983 with the release of the album 'Eliminator'. Although the guys experimented with some synthesizers on the 'El Loco' record in 1981, it all came together for them in a huge way on this record. They mixed synthesizers with sequencers to provide rhythmic groove and sonic beds. The other real linchpin for this record was the release of the classic videos on the then wildly popular MTV. The band's stylish videos with girls and cars were in heavy rotation on MTV. The albums sold 10 million copies in the United States and is considered one of the top 500 rock records of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine. Personally, this is not my favorite in the band's career. The songwriting is excellent but the use of the synthesizers dates the music by today's standards. I recently saw Billy Gibbons perform "Sharp Dressed Man" in a relatively small club with a stripped down band. It made me realize what a great song it truly is.