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|Single by ZZ Top|
|from the album Eliminator|
|B-side||"A Fool for Your Stockings"|
|Genre||Rock, hard rock, blues rock, synthpop|
|Length||4:35 (Album), 3:34 (Single)
4:31 (Remix), 7:48 (Dance Mix)
|Writer(s)||Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard|
|ZZ Top singles chronology|
"Legs" is a song performed by the band ZZ Top from their 1983 album Eliminator. The song was released as a single in 1984 and reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The special dance mix version of the song peaked at number thirteen on the dance charts. Although all three members of ZZ Top are credited with playing on the track, only Gibbons was actually present; engineer Terry Manning was responsible for all the musical parts save the lead guitar. However, David Blayney (ZZ Top stage manager for 15 years) explains in his book "Sharp Dressed Men" that the pumping synthesizer effect in "Legs" was introduced in pre-production by Linden Hudson. During the final tracking sessions, Terry Manning (final Eliminator tracking engineer) called Linden Hudson and asked how he did the synth effects for "Legs", although Terry could have easily pulled it off if he needed to.
After stepping in a mud puddle and bumping into tough-looking, but polite, bikers at a crosswalk, a pretty salesgirl (Wendy Frazier) enters a burger joint. She places a take-out order but suffers harassment by everyone there except a handsome young cook who is also bullied by his co-workers. The salesgirl takes her order, escapes the place and her tormentors, but in her haste leaves her glasses and a food container. The cook retrieves the items and runs after her to the shoe store where she works.
At the shoe store, the store owner and the senior salesman both shove the salesgirl around, while a customer laughs raucously at her misfortune. The cook dashes into the shop and then to the stock room to return the girl's items. She thanks him shyly, but the owner and the salesman burst in, and heave the cook out of the store. The Eliminator pulls up, and the Eliminator girls (Jeana Tomasino, Kymberly Herrin, and Danièle Arnaud) emerge from the car. They help the cook to his feet, dust him off, then slip into the shoe store through the back door. The Eliminator girls find the dejected salesgirl, put her abusers in their place, then present the salesgirl to the ZZ Top band members, who have suddenly appeared to bestow upon her the keys to the Eliminator.
The salesgirl is whisked away for a complete makeover: new hairstyle, makeup, and sexy new wardrobe, including spike heels from her now-doting boss. The Eliminator arrives at the burger joint, where the salesgirl debuts her confident new self. She strides into the restaurant with the Eliminator girls behind her. With the help of the friendly bikers, the salesgirl gets her man as the Eliminator girls keep the more aggressive men at bay. The happy pair leaves the restaurant hand in hand and ride away in a dune buggy, while the burger joint's female owner and the rowdy customers watch them leave, sullen and angry over being put in their place. The Eliminator girls invite some of the friendly bikers to join them and the Eliminator drives away as the ZZ Top band members appear one last time to wave at the camera.
This was the third music video directed by Tim Newman.
The spinning, furry Dean guitars also premiered in this video.
The video won the 1984 MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video. This was the first year the award was given. The commercial and music video director, Tim Newman, provided direction and cinematography for this as well as the ZZ Top music videos "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "My Head's In Mississippi" (as well as "I Love LA," for his cousin Randy Newman). Sim Sadler and Bob Sarles edited "Legs," for which both received nominations for Best Editing in the first MTV Video Music Awards, in the Billboard Music Video Awards, and in the American Music Video Awards that year.
The video was parodied in a 1984 episode of St. Elsewhere, in which ZZ Top themselves, as well as the Eliminator girls appeared. In the scene, hospital orderly Luther (Eric Laneuville) falls asleep as the radio is playing "Legs", and he dreams the Eliminator girls come to his aid, helping him to seek revenge on senior hospital staff who have oppressed him.
|Australian Kent Music Report||6|
|Belgian VRT Top 30||24|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||27|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||9|
|Irish Singles Chart||9|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||35|
|Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)||19|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||7|
|UK (Official Charts Company)||16|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||8|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||13|
|U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks||3|
|Australian Kent Music Report||42|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||74|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||60|
|U.S. Cashbox Top 100||72|
- Billy Gibbons - guitar, lead vocals
- Dusty Hill – bass, backing vocals
- Frank Beard – drums, percussion
- Terry Manning - Engineer, Mix, programming
- Linden Hudson - Pre-Production Engineer >
- Rolling Stones. "ZZ Top - Biography". Expandtheroom.com. Retrieved 1 July 2013. ""Legs" introduced a pulsating synthesizer beat into ZZ Top's crunching blues-rock riffs."
- Matt Diehl. "ZZ Top: Rhythmeen". RollingStone.com. Audio-music.info. Retrieved 1 July 2013. "Touted by ZZ Top as a return to roots, Rhythmeen finds the power trio ditching the synth-pop thud of their '80s hits "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man.""
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