Screamin’ Scott

Weekdays 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

1983 Smash Hit Album ZZ TOP ELIMINATOR

It was 40 years ago Billy Gibbons decided to take ZZ TOP boogie and blues rock to a new level. After the release of El Loco in 1981 which features a different sound with synthesizer parts. Billy Gibbons decided to go all out on the next record. Right after a tour in 1982 the boys, Billy GibbonsDusty Hill, and Frank Beard, went into the studio to start experimenting with more of a driving beat and synthesized groove. The finished album was the tightest upbeat rock record they had ever made.

March of 1983 ZZ TOP Took Us All For A Ride. The album was titled, “Eliminator.” ZZ TOPS record executives noticed 1983 the popularity of Music Television and took full advantage of the opportunity by quickly producing 3 videos of the band.  “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, “Sharp Dressed Man“, and “Legs.”  The videos had everything from pretty girls to a custom 1933 red Ford coupe  “the Eliminator car“, ZZ Top’s spinning guitars, covered in white sheepskin. And a storyline of the car intertwined into each video. 



In the Summer of 1983, I will never forget an outdoor backyard party with a DJ. The crowd’s reaction to almost every song off the album. People went crazy dancing to every song. We had to wait for the tour to come to Michigan. August, ZZ TOP played Joe Louis Arena with Blackfoot opening the show. One of the best ZZ TOP shows I had ever seen.

Happy 40th anniversary to the Texas Trio including the late Dusty Hill, who passed in 2021.


ZZ Top: Their 40 Best Songs, Ranked

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

Sign me up for the 94.7 WCSX email newsletter!

Stay connected to all things Classic Rock, join the WCSX Workforce- it’s free and you can win prizes, concert tickets and VIP experiences.

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.