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"
"TV Dinners"
"Sharp Dressed Man"
"TV Dinners"

"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.


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

Credits and personnel[edit]


Chart (1983) Peak
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


  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.