Eliminator is ZZ Top's eighth album, released on March 23, 1983. Probably the Texan band's most famous and critically acclaimed album, it sees the trio further expand on the synthesizer sounds from their previous release. 1981's El Loco.
Production started a year before release, in 1982 - inside Frank Beard's house in Houston, before Gibbons headed to Memphis, Tennessee to complete the work. Linden Hudson, the producer that lived alongside Beard in his house, had drawn the band's attention towards synthesizers and drum machines, to the point that Hill and Beard themselves contributed little in the album's final recording.
Eliminator received high praise from critics for its production and sound that bridges hard rock with synthpop; it sold over 10 million copies, and its success can also be attributed to multiple music videos that received heavy rotation on television.
- "Gimme All Your Lovin'"
- "Got Me Under Pressure"
- "Sharp Dressed Man" (the Trope Namer)
- "I Need You Tonight"
- "I Got The Six"
- "TV Dinners"
- "Dirty Dog"
- "If Only I Could Flag Her Down"
- "Bad Girl"
"She's got tropes, and she knows how to use 'em":
- All Women Are Lustful: "Got Me Under Pressure" takes this to sick extremes.
- Auto Erotica: "Got Me Under Pressure""But she won't let me use my passion
Unless it's in a limousine"
- Changed for the Video: The video version of "Legs" differs from the album version in that it has a different intro as well as backing vocals and some added instruments.
- Cool Car: The Eliminator Car, a modified 1933 Ford Coupe, which appears not only in the cover but also in several of the band's music videos.
- Food Songs Are Funny: "TV Dinners"
- Intercourse with You: The majority of the album, but especially "Gimme All Your Lovin'".
- It Came from the Fridge: A little monster appears from out of a person's TV dinner in the video for "TV Dinners" to wreak havoc.
- New Sound Album: The band further fleshes out their use of synthesizers in this album.
- Record Producer: Bill Ham
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Take a wild guess...
- She's Got Legs: The chorus in "Legs" is the Trope Namer.
- Space Whale Aesop: Fanservice aside, the message of the video for "Legs" appears to be, "Be nice to people, or ZZ Top and three hot women will magically show up and rescue those people you mistreated and make you pay for the bad things you did to them."