TV Dinners (song)

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"TV Dinners"
ZZ Top TV Dinners.jpg
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.
Songwriter(s) Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
Producer(s) Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Sharp Dressed Man"
(1983)
"TV Dinners"
(1983)
"Legs"
(1984)
"Sharp Dressed Man"
(1983)
"TV Dinners"
(1983)
"Legs"
(1984)

"TV Dinners" is a song performed by American band ZZ Top from their 1983 album Eliminator. It was produced by band manager Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning. The song is a simple, beat-driven tune with humorous lyrics about pre-packaged, oven-ready meals. Released as a single, it reached #38 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. Robert Palmer recorded "TV Dinners" for his studio album 2003 Drive.

Recording[edit]

Guitarist Billy Gibbons played a 1955 Gretsch Roundup while recording "TV Dinners".[1]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

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

Music Video[edit]

Marios Pinzer directed the song's music video,[citation needed] which used both live action and claymation. In it, bassist Dusty Hill plays a Vox Continental organ, and both Hill and drummer Frank Beard do not wear sunglasses, a trademark ZZ Top accessory.

See also[edit]

TV dinner

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gibbons, Billy F. (March 2011). Billy F. Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead. Voyageur Press. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-7603-4030-1. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  2. ^ Blayney, David (1994). Sharp Dressed Men. New York: Hyperion. pp. 196–203. ISBN 0-7868-8005-8. 
  3. ^ Frost, Deborah (1985). ZZ Top: Bad And Worldwide. New York: Rolling Stone Press. ISBN 0020029500. 
  4. ^ Sinclair, David (1986). Tres Hombres: The Story of ZZ Top. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-86369-167-6.