Sharp Dressed Man

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"Sharp Dressed Man"
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Eliminator
B-side "I Got the Six"
Released 1983
Format 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:13 (album)
3:01 (single edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
Producer(s) Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Got Me Under Pressure"
(1983)
"Sharp Dressed Man"
(1983)
"TV Dinners"
(1983)

"Sharp Dressed Man" is a song performed by ZZ Top from their album Eliminator released in 1983. The song was produced by band manager Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning. Pre-production recording engineer Linden Hudson was very involved in the early stages of this song's production.[1]

At 2007's VH1 Rock Honors, Nickelback covered the song as a tribute (Billy Gibbons had earlier made a guest appearance on Nickelback's own song "Rockstar"). ZZ Top played this song at halftime of the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl. The song is currently used as the opening theme for A&E's Duck Dynasty.

Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan performed a tango to "Sharp Dressed Man" as their first dance in the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Sharp Dressed Man" continues the "male fantasy come to life" of the "Gimme All Your Lovin'" video released earlier in 1983. As in the previous video, an attractive man who is experiencing frustration in his menial job is assisted in gaining social stature and prowess by a triad of very attractive and somewhat mysterious women traveling in ZZ Top's signature red car. ZZ Top themselves play a role in the narrative, both by playing themselves as performing band members and as rather ethereal spirits who encourage and assist the young man by providing him with the car keys that enable him to go for a very long drive with the women. The young man returns to the site of his previous frustration (his workplace, a nightclub) and empowered both by his new-found status and by both the women's and ZZ Top's encouragement, embarks on a new romantic adventure with another attractive young woman who has previously abandoned her date.

Directed by Tim Newman

This is the only video in the trilogy that does not have an intro.

Cover versions and parodies[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report 66[5]
Belgian VRT Top 30 15
Dutch Singles Chart 9[6]
Irish Singles Chart 8
U.K. Singles Chart 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 56
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Position
Dutch Top 40 81

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ^ Blayney, David (1994). Sharp Dressed Men. New York: Hyperion. pp. 196–203. ISBN ISBN 0-7868-8005-8.
  2. ^ http://www.deborah-harry.com/dh/sharpdressed.php
  3. ^ Steven Tyler, Wolfmother and Others Record ZZ Top Tribute Album - http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/News/zz-top-0824-2011/
  4. ^ http://www.portlandleader.net/articles/2012/11/30/news/14638573.txt
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ http://www.top40.nl/search.aspx?keyword=ZZ%20Top&jaar=1971&maand=3&week=11#
  7. ^ ^ Deborah Frost (1985). ZZ Top - Bad And Worldwide. New York: Rolling Stone Press. ISBN 0020029500.
  8. ^ ^ Tres Hombres: The Story of ZZ Top" by David Sinclair. 95 pages. Virgin Books, 1986, ISBN 0-86369-167-6.