Antenna (ZZ Top album)

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Antenna
ZZ Top - Antenna.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 18, 1994
RecordedJune-October 1993
GenreBlues rock, hard rock
Length50:51
LabelRCA
ProducerBilly Gibbons, Bill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
ZZ Top's Greatest Hits
(1992)
Antenna
(1994)
One Foot in the Blues
(1994)
Singles from Antenna
  1. "Pincushion"
    Released: 1994[nb 1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

Antenna is the eleventh studio album by the American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1994. It was the band's first album to be released on the RCA label. It was also the first time ZZ Top had a song with the album title in its name ("Antenna Head"). The opening track and first single from the album, "Pincushion", reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the US.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Pincushion"4:33
2."Breakaway" (Gibbons)4:57
3."World of Swirl" (Gibbons)4:08
4."Fuzzbox Voodoo"4:42
5."Girl in a T-Shirt" (Gibbons)4:10
6."Antenna Head"4:42
7."PCH"3:57
8."Cherry Red"4:38
9."Cover Your Rig" (Gibbons)5:49
10."Lizard Life"5:09
11."Deal Goin' Down"4:06
European and Japanese versions' bonus track
No.TitleLength
12."Everything"3:54

Personnel[edit]

  • Billy Gibbons – guitar, lead and backing vocals
  • Dusty Hill – bass guitar, keyboard, backing vocals, lead vocals on "World of Swirl", "Antenna Head", and "Deal Goin' Down"
  • Frank Beard – drums, percussion (dominated percussion in 2)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
  • Engineers – Joe Hardy, Tom Harding
  • Mixing – Joe Hardy
  • Mastering – Bob Ludwig
  • Photography – Bill Bernstein, Barbara LaBarge
  • Text – Jim Bessman

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 14

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1994 Breakaway Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1994 Fuzzbox Voodoo Mainstream Rock Tracks 30
1994 Girl in a T-shirt Mainstream Rock Tracks 27
1994 Pincushion Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[5] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[7] Gold 34,220[7]
France (SNEP)[8] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[9] Gold 250,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[10] Gold 25,000*
Sweden (GLF)[11] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[12] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[14] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pincushion CD single: "Pincushion (Album Version)" (4:33) b/w "Pincushion (Edited Version)" (3:42) and "Cherry Red" (4:38); total duration: 12:53.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pincushion". www.spirit-of-metal.com. May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  4. ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). "ZZ Top". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 907-8. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ "Austrian album certifications – ZZ Top – Antenna" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – ZZ Top – Antenna". Music Canada. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "ZZ Top" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: Albums". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved December 16, 2012. (select "ZZ Top" from drop-down list)
  9. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (ZZ Top; 'Antenna')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-17. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (ZZ Top; 'Antenna')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – ZZ Top – Antenna". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1996". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 2, 2020.