ZZ Top were never considered sex symbols or fashion icons, but they were convincing in this song about how rich, well-dressed men are irresistible to women. This being the '80s, a silk suit was considered fashionable, although ZZ Top were much more comfortable in denim.
In a 1985 interview with Spin magazine, bass player Dusty Hill explained: "Sharp-dressed depends on who you are. If you're on a motorcycle, really sharp leather is great. If you're a punk rocker, you can get sharp that way. You can be sharp or not sharp in any mode. It's all in your head. If you feel sharp, you be sharp."
"Sharp Dressed Man" is a song performed by ZZ Top from their 1983 album Eliminator. The song was produced by band manager Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning. Pre-production recording engineer Linden Hudson was very involved in the early stages of this song's production.
Eliminator was one of few albums that have sold over 10 million copies in America, earning Diamond certification.
Clean shirt, new shoes And I don't know where I am goin' to Silk suit, black tie, I don't need a reason why They come runnin' just as fast as they can 'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man
Gold watch, diamond ring, I ain't missin' not a single thing Cufflinks, stick pin, When I step out I'm gonna do you in They come runnin' just as fast as they can 'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man
Top coat, top hat, And I don't worry 'cause my wallet's fat Black shades, white gloves, Lookin' sharp lookin' for love They come runnin' just as fast as they can 'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man
Songwriters: Frank Beard / Billy Gibbons / Dusty Hill Sharp Dressed Man lyrics © BMG Rights Management