Got Me Under Pressure

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"Got Me Under Pressure"
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Eliminator
GenreHard rock[1]
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Billy Gibbons
Dusty Hill
Frank Beard
Producer(s)Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Gimme All Your Lovin'"
"Got Me Under Pressure"
"Sharp Dressed Man"

"Got Me Under Pressure" is a song by ZZ Top from their 1983 album Eliminator. The song was produced by band manager Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning. David Blayney (ZZ Top's stage manager of 15 years), in his book Sharp Dressed Men described how the song was pre-produced: Billy Gibbons and Linden Hudson (Houston engineer and songwriter) wrote the whole song and created a recorded demo all in one afternoon without either Dusty Hill (ZZ Top bass player) or Frank Beard (ZZ Top drummer) even knowing about it. Linden created the bass on a synthesizer, created drums on a drum machine and helped Billy Gibbons write the lyrics; Billy performed the guitars and vocals.[2]

Album appearances[edit]

Besides Eliminator, "Got Me Under Pressure" also appears on the following compilations.


Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 18

Uses in other media[edit]

In 2008, it was used in a TV commercial for Pennzoil.



  1. ^ Daniels, Neil (2014). Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers: A ZZ Top Guide. Soundcheck Books. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-9571442-7-9.
  2. ^ Blayney, David (1994). Sharp dressed men : ZZ Top behind the scenes from blues to boogie to beards (1st ed.). New York: Hyperion. ISBN 0-7868-8005-8.


  • Alford, Deborah Frost ; photographs by Bob (1985). ZZ Top : bad and worldwide. New York: Collier Books. ISBN 0020029500.
  • Sinclair, David (1986). The story of ZZ Top : Tres Hombres. London: Virgin. ISBN 0-86369-167-6.