Velcro Fly

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"Velcro Fly"
Velcro Fly.jpg
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Afterburner
Released July 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Rock
Length 3:29
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Billy Gibbons
Dusty Hill
Frank Beard
Producer(s) Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Woke Up with Wood"
"Velcro Fly"
"Rough Boy"
"Woke Up with Wood"
"Velcro Fly"
"Rough Boy"

"Velcro Fly" is the fifth single off ZZ Top's 1985 album Afterburner. The song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986.

A 12" version is featured on the box set Chrome, Smoke & BBQ.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Velcro Fly" features Egyptian hieroglyphics (possibly a reference to other songs from the album such as "Sleeping Bag") and female dancers, a common theme in almost every ZZ Top music video. The video also has dance moves choreographed by pop singer Paula Abdul.

The video was released on the DVD Greatest Hits: The Video Collection, along with other videos from the band's albums Eliminator and Recycler.

In popular culture[edit]

The song appears in Stephen King's novel, The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands, where in the series's post-apocalyptic alternate reality of Mid-World, the song's looped percussion intro, played via a large PA system in the decaying city of Lud, is referred to as "the God Drums". In the book, Eddie Dean incorrectly asserts that the song was never released as a single.


Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 54
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 35
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 43
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 15