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“Gimme All Your Lovin’” is a song by ZZ Top from their 1983 album Eliminator. The song was released as the album’s first single in 1983 (see 1983 in music).

Initially unsuccessful in the UK upon its early 1984 release, in the wake of the band’s American success, it was promptly re-released and reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart. It ties with 1992’s “Viva Las Vegas” as their highest-charting single in the UK. This was the first ZZ Top single to use synthesizers; the new sound made them a huge commercial success. Lyrically, the song is a variation on a common theme for the band: Sex.
Van Halen followed ZZ Top’s lead a few months later when they used synthesizers on their album 1984. Most of their core fans did not mind, since it still featured the guitar of Eddie Van Halen.
The video was ZZ Top’s first and also the first to have a sequel. Wildly successful on MTV, the clip showed a mechanic/gas station attendant who is working when three beautiful women appear in “The Eliminator,” which was a 1933 Ford Hot Rod owned by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Our hero gets the keys to the car, and goes for a ride with the ladies, who return him some time later. In a brilliant move, they left room for a sequel, as he sees the car driving off. The story picks up in the video for “Sharp Dressed Man,” where our hero is now a valet. Establishing the car and the girls as iconic images of ZZ Top helped them wow the younger generation. The car was so popular that Gibbons had another one made to take on tour.
This was the first single from the Eliminator album, which went Diamond, meaning it sold over 10 million copies.

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