Velcro Fly

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"Velcro Fly"
Velcro Fly.jpg
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Afterburner
B-side"Woke Up With Wood"
ReleasedJuly 1986
Format7"
Recorded1985
GenreRock
Length3:29
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Billy Gibbons
Dusty Hill
Frank Beard
Producer(s)Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Rough Boy"
(1986)
"Velcro Fly"
(1986)
"Doubleback"
(1986)
"Rough Boy"
(1986)
"Velcro Fly"
(1986)
"Doubleback"
(1986)

"Velcro Fly" is the fourth 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.

Reception[edit]

Robert Christgau called the song a "highlight" on Afterburner. [1]

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 asserts that the song was never released as a single in his world.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Afterburner". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 1 September 2011.