I had such a huge crush on the girl in that video. She was also (briefly) in the video for The Sun Always Shines on TV.
I'd be surprised if many in the US were aware of it at all, but yeah it did get some play in the UK.
One of those bands ahead of their time that ended up influencing countless artists who came after.
Velvet Underground, Big Star, The Replacements, Pixies...
A bit of irony there. Nobody heard the song in the 80's.
It didn't become popular until '93 when it was featured in the Johnny Depp film Benny & Joon.
I vividly remember listening to that every day while riding to football practice my sophmore year (our football field was on the other side of town from the HS).
Watch the video for Abracadabra. It will make you cry.
Welcome to the 80's!
You know the band were sitting around during the shooting of the vid thinking "How did we get from The Joker to HERE?!".
Billboard has Abracadabra in it's all time top 100. That alone should tell you how stupid these lists are.
Most pop music in every era has been terrible.
We tend to forget that despite all the amazing bands in the 70's the top of the charts were actually filled with acts like the Captain & Tennille, Freddy Fender, Tony Orland & Dawn, Peaches & Herb, Andy Gibb, Kenny Nolan, and David Naughton. Yes that David Naughton.
I physically recoiled when I first read it. lol
Really though ZZ Top is an excellent example of the changes bands had to make in order to be successful in the 80's. They went from a hard blues bar band to putting out much poppier releases starting with the Eliminator album
Don't get me wrong, I love Legs, Sharp Dressed Man & Gimme All Your Lovin'....but it was a definite departure from 70's ZZ.
The J. Geils Band was another one. Anyone who only knows them from Centerfold really needs to listen to what they were doing in the 70's. Awesome band.
...and don't get me started on Steve Miller & Abracadabra.
They knew where their bread was buttered.