B-52’s – The B-52’s (Vinyl LP)

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Description

*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2021

Label:  Warner Records

 

Track List

Side A

1. Planet Claire
2. 52 Girls
3. Dance This Mess Around
4. Rock Lobster

Side B

1. Lava
2. There’s A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)
3. Hero Worship
4. 6060-842
5. Downtown

 

Personnel

Drums, Percussion, Effects [Claire Sounds] – Keith Strickland
Guitar, Effects [Smoke Alarm] – Ricky Wilson
Vocals, Bongos, Tambourine – Cindy Wilson
Vocals, Organ, Keyboards [Keyboard Bass] – Kate Pierson
Vocals, Toy Piano, Electronics [Walkie Talkie] – Fred Schneider

 

Review

Even in the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk in the late ’70s, the B-52’s’ eponymous debut stood out as an original. Unabashed kitsch mavens at a time when their peers were either vulgar or stylish, the Athens quintet celebrated all the silliest aspects of pre-Beatles pop culture — bad hairdos, sci-fi nightmares, dance crazes, pastels, and anything else that sprung into their minds — to a skewed fusion of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, and white funk. On paper, it sounds like a cerebral exercise, but it played like a party. The jerky, angular funk was irresistibly danceable, winning over listeners dubious of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson’s high-pitched, shrill close harmonies and Fred Schneider’s campy, flamboyant vocalizing, pitched halfway between singing and speaking. It’s all great fun, but it wouldn’t have resonated throughout the years if the group hadn’t written such incredibly infectious, memorable tunes as “Planet Claire,” “Dance This Mess Around,” and, of course, their signature tune, “Rock Lobster.” These songs illustrated that the B-52’s’ adoration of camp culture wasn’t simply affectation — it was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture. It’s difficult to imagine the endless kitschy retro fads of the ’80s and ’90s without the B-52’s pointing the way, but The B-52’s isn’t simply an historic artifact — it’s a hell of a good time.     Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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