Afterburner is the ninth studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985. Afterburner was a financial success, going several times platinum and launching several hit singles, the most successful of which was "Sleeping Bag" which peaked at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the UK, it was the band's second album to be certified by the British Phonographic Industry, attaining Gold (100,000 units) in 1985. In 1990, it was certified Platinum (300,000 units), to date their final Platinum certification in the UK.
The song "Can't Stop Rockin'" was used in the 1993 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. The song "Velcro Fly" was an element in Stephen King's The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands; Eddie keeps hearing drums playing in the distance and thinks it sounds like, then later realizes it is, the drum track for "Velcro Fly".
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|Released||October 28, 1985|
|ZZ Top chronology|
|Singles from Afterburner|
|Rolling Stone||unfavorable |
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic retrospectively gave it 3 stars out of 5, stating: "Well, if you just had your biggest hit ever, you'd probably try to replicate it, too. And if you were praised for being visionary because you played all your blues grooves to a slightly sequenced beat, you'd probably be tempted to not just continue in that direction, but to tighten the sequencer and graft on synthesizers, since it'll all signal how futuristic you are. [...] Problem is, no matter how much you dress ZZ Top up, they're still ZZ Top. Sometimes they can trick you into thinking they're a little flashier than usual, but they're still a lil' ol' blues band from Texas, kicking out blues-rockers. And blues-rock just doesn't kick when it's synthesized. [...] All this means that Afterburner is merely a product of its time -- the only record ZZ Top could have made at the time, but it hardly exists out of that time."
Robert Christgau gave a B score, stating: "With sales on Eliminator over five mil almost by accident, this hard-boogieing market strategy is defined by conscious commercial ambition--by its all but announced intention of making ZZ the next Bruce/Madonna/Prince/Michael, with two beards and a Beard at every checkout counter." Christgau cited "Rough Boy" and "Velcro Fly" as the highlights of the album.
The album was the band's first to hit number 1, topping the charts in New Zealand. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200, at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart, and at number 6 on the Australian albums chart.
Album – Billboard (United States)
Singles – Billboard (United States)
|1985||"Can't Stop Rockin'"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||8|
|1985||"Sleeping Bag"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
|1985||"Sleeping Bag"||Billboard Hot 100||8|
|1985||"Stages"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
|1986||"Delirious"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||16|
|1986||"Rough Boy"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||5|
|1986||"Rough Boy"||Billboard Hot 100||22|
|1986||"Sleeping Bag"||Hot Dance Music/Club Play||41|
|1986||"Stages"||Billboard Hot 100||21|
|1986||"Velcro Fly"||Hot Dance Music/Club Play||43|
|1986||"Velcro Fly"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||15|
|1986||"Velcro Fly"||Billboard Hot 100||35|
|1986||"Woke Up with Wood"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||18|
This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2019.Rough Boy
"Rough Boy" was the third single by American rock band ZZ Top from their 1985 album Afterburner. The song reached No. 5 on the Album Rock Tracks chart and No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as No. 23 in the UK Top 40. Unlike the other songs on the album, this song has a much slower tempo and is more of a power ballad. It also shares a similar, though much slower, tune to their song "Leila" from their album El Loco.Sleeping Bag (song)
"Sleeping Bag" is a song performed by the band ZZ Top from their 1985 album Afterburner. The song was released as a single in 1985 and became their most successful single, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, equaling the peak of their previous single "Legs". However, unlike "Legs", it also reached #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, a first for the band.Stages (song)
"Stages" is a song by American rock band ZZ Top. It was released as the second single from their ninth studio album Afterburner (1985). It peaked at number 21 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for two weeks.