TV Dinners (song)

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"TV Dinners"
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Eliminator
B-side "Cheap Sunglasses"
Released 1983
Format 12", cassette
Recorded 1982
Genre Rock
Length 3:50
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Billy Gibbons
Dusty Hill
Frank Beard
Producer(s) Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Sharp Dressed Man"
"TV Dinners"

"TV Dinners" is a song by Texas rock band ZZ Top, taken from their eighth studio album, 1983's diamond Eliminator.

It is a simple, beat-driven tune with humorous lyrics about pre-packaged, microwavable meals. Released as a single, it reached #38 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.

The song was produced by band manager Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning.

20 years later, Robert Palmer sung TV Dinners with ZZ Top on his album Drive (2003)[1]

Music Video[edit]

A music video was made, utilizing both live action and claymation. Bassist Dusty Hill plays a Vox Continental organ in the video and both Hill and drummer Frank Beard do not wear sunglasses (a trademark ZZ Top accessory).


Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles Chart 67
U.S. Billboard Top Tracks 38

Music Video[edit]

Directed by Marios Pinzer



A 1955 Gretsch Roundup was used by Billy recording "TV Dinners"[5]


  1. ^ Drive album.
  2. ^ ^ Blayney, David (1994). Sharp Dressed Men. New York: Hyperion. pp. 196–203. ISBN ISBN 0-7868-8005-8.
  3. ^ ^ Deborah Frost (1985). ZZ Top - Bad And Worldwide. New York: Rolling Stone Press. DOI 10:0020029500.
  4. ^ ^ Tres Hombres: The Story of ZZ Top" by David Sinclair (of the London Times). Virgin Books, 1986, ISBN 0-86369-167-6.
  5. ^ Billy Gibbons Rock&Roll Geardhead