Since the release of the band's debut album in January 1971, they have become known for their strong blues roots and humorous lyrical motifs, relying heavily on double entendres and innuendo. The band's musical style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired rock on their early albums, then incorporating New Wave, punk rock and dance-rock, with heavy use of synthesizers. In 1979, the band reunited after a two-year break from touring and signed a new recording contract, switching from London Records to Warner Bros. Lead vocalist Gibbons and bass guitarist Dusty Hill grew chest-length beards which, along with black sunglasses, have become distinctive aspects of the band's image.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. As a group, they possesses 11 gold records and 7 platinum (13 multi-platinum) records; their 1983 album, today's mystery album, remains the group's most commercially successful record, selling over 10 million units. The band also ranks 80th in U.S. album sales, with 25 million units.To this day, they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
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Today's mystery album was released March 23, 1983 is the eight studio album released by today's band. In 1982, they convened at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Ardent had become the group's main recording studio since 1973. Production was handled by the band's manager Bill Ham, while Terry Manning was responsible for the engineering. The band wanted to expand on the synthesizer sound of their 1981 record El Loco. Influenced by pop music, today's mystery album′s tracks were recorded with a combination of the synthesizer, drum machine and sequencer.Three of Eliminator's five singles appeared in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Gimme All Your Lovin'", released in April 1983, went to the number two position.
In 1983, the band made several music videos in California. "Gimme All Your Lovin'" was filmed at a gas station in Littlerock, while "Sharp Dressed Man" was filmed at night on the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. "Legs" took place at a restaurant and shoe salon in Newhall, Gibbons and Hill had custom Dean Z guitars made with authentic sheepskin covering the body and tuners, as well as a unit to make the guitars spin in a complete circle. With Tim Newman as director, the "Legs" video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video in 1984. The Eliminator coupe, along with three Playboy models, made an appearance in the videos.
In 1976, Billy Gibbons met with Don Thelen of Buffalo Motor Cars in Paramount, California, to build a customized 1933 Ford coupe. The car was built with a Corvette-style engine fabricated by the So-Cal Speed Shop. It was finished in 1983 and called the Eliminator. The car has become recognizable for its red finish and graphics, which can be seen in several of the band's music videos. The Eliminator has also made worldwide appearances in television, movies, auto shows and charity events.
It was ranked at number 396 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It's the band's most successful release with sales of over 10 million copies in the United States. In 2008, today's mystery album was remastered and reissued, with the addition of bonus tracks and a DVD containing music videos and live performances. The original version of "Legs" was restored, making its first appearance on CD, while the single mix of the song remained on the album as a bonus track.
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