Outer Space Music – ZZ Top “Rough Boy”

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American rock band ZZ Top formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas, but it was in 1986 that they launched into space with the song “Rough Boy.” The music video is set in space, and mostly remembered for its walking walk sign . . . 


“Rough Boy” was the third single by American rock band ZZ Top from their 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.

The music video (directed by Steve Barron) features the band’s “Eliminator” car/space shuttle hybrid (from the Afterburner album cover) visiting a space car wash, interspersed with images of the band members’ hands and faces, as well as a woman’s legs, protruding from metal plates, some of which double as lighted message signs or crosswalk signals.

The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons (the band’s leader, main lyricist and musical arranger), and drummer Frank Beard. ZZ Top is mostly known for Hill and Gibbons’ long beards; despite his surname, Frank Beard usually only has a mustache.

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