I recently listened to this entire album on cassette while sitting in the sun in the backyard playing UNO with the wife. Yeah, I know, I live a glamorous life. Kidding aside, it made a big impact on me. First off, if this album doesn't bring you back to 1985, then you just weren't there. Everything about it, the production, synth tones, packaging, and videos just screams Reagan era MTV rock. Second, what is that guitar tone? @Eicca, c'mon, you've got to know, is this a Rockman? Sure sounds like it to me (despite all Gibbons "amp cabin" subterfuge). Here's my personal feelings about the different era's of ZZ Top. The 70s stuff, Tres Hombres, Fandango!, Degüello, and so on, are beyond amazing. From a strictly guitar standpoint, they're literally unsurpassable, some of the best tones ever recorded. Then there is Eliminator, which is radically different, but totally genius and undeniable. It was a master stroke of sonic and visual inspiration at exactly the right time, becoming a part of, shaping, and representing the mid 80s zeitgeist. The other day I told one of the other guys in my band that I loved this album and he looked at me as if I had just said my favorite dish is worms in marinara sauce. But I don't care, I love Eliminator front to back. Then there's Afterburner, which I like, though which I view as an inferior sequel to it's immediate predecessor. But the nostalgia factor is high for me with this album. In it I hear The Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian", Was Not Was' "The Dinosaur"; there's monster trucks in the "Sleeping Bag" video just like in the film Roadhouse; they've got the Space Shuttle imagery. It's 1980s overload! It's probably the sound of ZZ Top "selling out" as hard as they can, but I love it.