ZZ Top’s ‘Legs’ and the Women Who Own Them
They had legs and they knew how to use them. And, as far as we know, they still do.
They were the women behind ZZ Top's iconic 1984 video "Legs" and our new pal Marc Tyler Nobleman — the same music-video girl sleuth that found the Sherrie in Steve Perry's "Oh Sherrie" and the girl in Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" clip — has tracked down those famous legs and the women who stand on them.
When ZZ Top released "Legs," from their 1983 album Eliminator, the Texas trio was already a well established forced on album-rock radio, churning out such hits as "Tush," "La Grange," "Tube Snake Boogie," and "Sharp Dressed Man." Yet, that song and accompanying video — with those women and those legs — helped take the band to a whole new level, as they say in the record business.
With their long, flowing beards ZZ Top's singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons and bassist Dusty Hill are certainly a sight to be seen, but they can hardly compare with Wendy Frazier, Kymberly Herrin and Daniele Arnaud — the fine lovely ladies featured in the video.
Frazier, the brunette who makes the transformation from shoe store clerk to video vixen in the clip, told Nobleman she always dreamed of being Miss America. Through a friend, she landed a role in Baxter Robertson's "Silver Stand" clip in 1983, which was directed by Tim Newman. When it came time to cast women in ZZ Top's "Legs" video, she got a call from Newman's office to audition. Initially, Frazier thought she didn't have a chance getting cast alongside the "gorgeous playmates who 'knew how to use it,'" Frazier told Nobleman, but she got the part and celebrated her 21st birthday on the set, and received an autographed teddy bear from the band.
The highlight of the video for Frazier is a bit risqué. At about the 4:15 mark of the clip, she's hoisted up on a counter by a biker and spins around to kick her boyfriend's boss. "In the process, by accident, just a peek of the crotch of my underwear showed. I was ahead of Sharon Stone." Of course, Sharon Stone wasn't wearing panties, but that's a whole other story.