ZZ Top Rough Boy
Label: Warner Bros. Records W0111 CD, Warner Bros. Records 9362 40470-2
Format: CD, Single
Country: UK & Europe
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Southern Rock, Soft Rock, Synth-pop
1 Rough Boy (Edit) 3:53
2 Viva Las Vegas (12″ Remix) 8:31 Written-By Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
3 Velcro Fly (Extended Mix) 6:22 Engineer Bob Ludwig, Joe Hardy Remix Bill Ham
4 Doubleback (AOR Mix) 3:55
Producer Bill Ham
Written-By Gibbons* (tracks: 1, 3, 4), Hill* (tracks: 1, 3, 4), Beard* (tracks: 1, 3, 4)
The inlay can be folded out to a poster.
Produced for Lone Wolf Productions
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd., except ‘Viva Las Vegas’ Carlin Music Corporation.
Lone Wolf Production Company.
1. ? 1985 WEA International Inc.
2. ? 1992 WEA International Inc.
3. ? 1986 WEA International Inc.
4. ? 1990 WEA International Inc.
© 1992 WEA International Inc.
The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by Warner Bros. Records in the U.S., and WEA International Inc. in the world outside of the U.S.
A Time Warner Company
Also available the album ‘ZZ Top Greatest Hits’ LP, CD, Cassette and Video
Barcode: 0 9362-40470-2 5
Other (Rights Societies): GEMA BIEM
Other (Label Code): LC0392
Matrix / Runout: W 0111 CD : 1:2 MASTERED BY NIMBUS
“Rough Boy” was the third single by American rock band ZZ Top from their album Afterburner. The song reached #5 on the Mainstream Rock charts and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as #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.
The music video (directed by Steve Barron) features the bands “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’ legs, protruding from metal plates, some of which double as lighted message signs or crosswalk signals.
Chart (1986) Peak position:
US Billboard Hot 100 22
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks 5
Dutch Singles Chart 81
French Singles Chart 22
Polish Singles Chart 12
Swiss Singles Chart 38
UK Singles Chart 23
Billy Gibbons – guitar, lead vocals
Dusty Hill – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Frank Beard – drums
“Doubleback” is a song by ZZ Top from their album Recycler, which was featured in the film Back to the Future Part III. The band had a cameo in the movie playing an “Old West” version of the song along with some local musicians. The regular version of the song plays over the credits.
“Doubleback” reached #1 on the Album Rock Tracks for 5 weeks. It was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award in 1990 for “Best Video from a Film.” The song was also featured in Back to the Future: The Pinball.
The song was produced by band manager Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning.