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The B-52's campy debut! Contains their signature hit Rock Lobster !

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This record shook up the snoozing world of rock in 1979, becoming a truly classic disc, one full of landmark moments and heavy with possibilities. Most "real" rockers in the late '70s tried hard to ignore the Sex Pistols and the Clash, claiming the punk tumult was a merely a fad; but fun-loving types couldn't resist the magnificent hooks and grooves of the B-52's debut. They fell into the "new wave" while dancing their tushes off. The magnificent "Rock Lobster" remains unmatched in terms of its relentless, spastic power to move one's feet; ditto "52 Girls," with its nod to '60s trash rock. A Cramps-ish guitar grinds through "Lava," which features his-and-hers innuendo-laden lyrics. "I'm not no limburger!" goes one line from "Dance This Mess Around," but you just never question why. Brilliant. --Lorry Fleming


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  1. Planet Claire 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  3. Dance This Mess Around 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Rock Lobster 6:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Lava 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. 6060-842 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Downtown 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KKD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By balefireelegy on September 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Many of my friends hate the B-52's.. frankly at times I don't blame them... their music circa cosmic thing was so overplayed when I was growing up. Yes Cosmic thing is a fun album and every party I attended in MIddleschool usually ended up playing Love shack before the night ended... but it lacks something compared to their first album.. or could be thought of as over burdened.

Secondly I admitt to loving Pop music.. But the First B-52 album sounded so fresh and unique.. the band members weren't great musicians technically... but so much more energy radiates through when the band itself plays and writes their music as opposed to having other musicians and tons of production.

This is just a fun album and one of the most interesting sonic experiences out there. The first four songs are what makes this album classic.. Planet claire is the perfect way to immerse the listner into the B-52's sound. Starting with the soft menacing guitar at the begining then breaking out the organ... enter fred...

Lava and Hero Worship are good songs, they aren't the same quality as the first four and by this point in the album feel alot less fresh and creative.. the songs at the end tend to run a bit together.. while there's a moon in the sky and 6060-842 get a bit annoying an repetitive..

The cover of Downtown feels appropriate as a closer..

Overall this album is a good time and probably the most interesting and invigorating B-52 album...

Even some people who hate the bands later material will concede that the music on this album is something worth hearing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stanley B. on December 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
What's that you say? You want party music. You wanna dance like a monk-funk mowgli, but you don't want to be seen to be a trend-hound, you don't want to leap aboard this funk-punk-disco wagon that doin' the rounds. Hmm... let me see now... Well there's always this, you can't go wrong with this. It's a joyous meisterwork from Athens' finest, the B-52s. This could whip up a mother thumpin' rumpus in a mausoleum. It's new wave gospel music. And these Georgians preach a fearsome hip shaking truth... Yeah, this is the one. Hearing this again... It's making my ears all prickly. Wow I mean look at these songs. Planet Claire, that's a kind of spooky b-movie sci-fi, exotica, hypno-rhythmic monster, if you follow me. 52 Girls, that might be my favourite. It hits this, this incredible surf guitar groove that sends shivers up and down my spine. And Dance This Mess Around, there's your perfect party song right there. You could goad your friends into doing the Hip-o-crit, or the Aqua-velva, or or the Escalator! Oh yeah, and then of course you've got the demented Rock Lobster. You must know that one. It'll have you beating the dance floor like a loved-up baboon. Side two doesn't really live up to that sublime flip but, you know, it's still good stuff. I mean that 6060-842, yeah that's a cracking little song. So, anyway, has that helped? Come on, be honest. I don't mind. You were lookin' a bit down in the mouth. This will give you that sparkle, I promise. Look at my eye. See that sparkle? And I'm just sitting here talking about it...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gsc01315@wvnet.edu on February 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I can't say how much I love this album! It has so many gems, the most successful being "Planet Claire," "52 Girls," and "Rock Lobster." The album has 6 other gems to spare, which means that I can't say how much I love every song on this LP. I purchased it yesterday at a flea market, and it's stayed on my turntable since. From Kate Pierson's trashy organ cords, to Cindy Wilson's intense screaming on "Dance this Mess Around," and the rather disrespectful cover of "Downtown," the album remains a gem in its own right, and should be purchased by everyone! It's just one of those albums, like "Thriller" or the "Flashdance" soundtrack. Anyway, the bottom line is, buy this album on whatever you can, whether it be vinyl (on which it sounds wonderful), cassette, or CD, you need to own this!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Has it really been 20 years since I first heard the B-52's self-released "Rock Lobster" 45 at my local record store; first saw Kate and Cindy in their bouffant wigs and Fred with his toy piano and walkie-talkie doing "all 16 dances" at my local new-wave bar; first fell in love with the B's beach-party movie blend of camp and kitsch that combined Henry Mancini, Duane Eddy, Petula Clark and Yma Sumac??? This record changed my life in 1979; my tastes in thrift store clothing, garage sale records, cheesy movies and, above all, DANCING began with the B-52's, and my approach to guitar playing was directly influenced by Ricky Wilson - his death in the 80's affected me more profoundly than John Lennon's. Twenty years after its release, this record can still make this shy tuna dance like almost no other. This is the one I'd need on my desert island for "twistin' round the fire, havin' fun..."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Formed in 1976 as a lark, the five-member Athens, Georgia band made a hit on the dance club scene with their unexpected tongue-in-cheek lyrics and weirdly retro "Twilight Zone" sound. But they didn't really get off the ground in a big way until 1979, when their self-titled debut release pretty much put the "new" in 1970s and 1980s New Wave--and even today it's hard to think of that era without contemplating it.
Opening with the memorable "Planet Claire," with its retro-rhythms, electronic pings, and truly off the wall lyrics, the band puts you on notice: it will be quite unlike anything you've heard before. And that holds true through virtually every cut. Of course, whether you like it or not is an entirely different matter: it can be difficult to relate to music made with such instruments as smoke-detectors, toy pianos, and a stripped down guitar-bass-drums combo, not to mention lyrics that often seem to be thrown together from the first rhyming words the band could think of. Quite a few people will find that a little of it goes a long way.
But it grows on you. It really does. "52 Girls," with Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson spewing out female names very much like you'd recite state capitols in high school, is wickedly funny once you manage to tune into it--and when you move on to "Dance this Mess Around" you're hooked, plugged into Cindy and Kate's alternately strident, alternately harmonic vocals and Fred Schneider's unexpected rap-like interjections.
For all its weirdness, this is music designed to get you on your feet, and on draggy days when I don't quite feel up to the task I can drop this particular CD on the stereo and "dance this mess around" all the way to a spotless kitchen.
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