Best Sellers From The ’80s: Z.Z. Top’s “Afterburner”

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Z.Z. Top - Afterburner (Warner Bros., 1985)

Z.Z. Top – Afterburner (Warner Bros., 1985)

Having discovered a formula that sold them nearly ten million copies of their Eliminator album, Texas trio Z.Z. Top and their producer, Bill Ham, saw no reason to mess with success.

Afterburner or, based on the trebly, radio-friendly tone of the record, Eliminator, Part II is what. It took the inevitable hit from critics and longtime fans, who pined for the good old days of Rio Grande Mud, but it didn’t dissuade the millions of fans who were eager to scoop up more of they’d already heard two years earlier.

Seven singles were released from the album to various levels of chart success. The not-so-subtle “Wake Up With Wood” was the last of the set, a track that hit Number 18 on the Mainstream Rock chart while “Sleeping Bag,” “Rough Boy” and “Stages” all fared well on the pop charts (at Numbers 1, 22 and 21, respectively).

Z.Z. Top would take a five-year hiatus after the Afterburner to enjoy the benefits of selling another 5 million records.

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