The B-52's
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The B-52's

October 1, 2011

  Song Title
Planet Claire
52 Girls
Dance This Mess Around
Rock Lobster
There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)
Hero Worship

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  • Original Release Date: April 15, 1987
  • Release Date: April 15, 1987
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 1979 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 39:29
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,533 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best B-52 album 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is da BOMB. Even I can dance to this! 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I say, don�t that make you feel a whole lot better? 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The debut album from the manic mavens of kitsch July 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
R.E.M. might be the most famous musical act to come out of the supposedly sleepy college town of Athens, Georgia, with the Indigo Girls being a close second, but the B-52's were the first group to come out of that now infamous hotbed of alternative music. Next month I get to see the B-52's in concert, so I am trotting out their albums and getting ready. If you do not know that the group took their name from the Southern slag for the big buouffant wigs sported by signers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, then you probably have not checked out the Broadway cast album for "Hairspray" (but you should). I remember once hearing the group's look described as "campy, thrift-store aesthetic" and I certainly could not improve on that appellation. This 1979 self-titled debut album remains their best, harkening back to the day when the group was a quintet: add to the mix Fred Schneider, guitarist Ricky Wilson, and drummer Keith Strickland. Using their first single "Rock Lobster" as the springboard to success, this album offers up songs that are first and foremost quite danceable. Of course, if you listen to the lyrics you will find the songs somewhat bizarre, but that is half the fun. Nobody is more manic than the B-52's, and this album proves the truth of that statement from day one.
Do not try to put the B-52's into the categories of either post-punk of new wave, because they were over in the category of silly fun all by them selves. Who else could match Schneider's flamboyantly campy vocals or the quirky harmonies of Pierson and Wilson? But this album works because the songs are pretty good, especially the first four tracks: "Planet Claire," "52 Girls," "Dance This Mess Around," and, of course, "Rock Lobster.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The only track worth anything is Rock Lobster
Forget the rest of this album, as none of the other songs measure up to track 4, the best one is obviously, Rock Lobster.
Published 3 months ago by Y R H
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
I am glad I bought this album. Love every song on the album. Good jams from a top grade band.
Published 3 months ago by Donald J. Koller
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Else Like It!
Could it really have been 1979?! Dance This Mess Around, indeed! When this album came out, there was nothing else remotely like it to be found in the world of music, which made it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars This ain't no bomber!
If you like the B-52's then this is the best CD to get. I had this on cassette at one time and it's been years since I had heard it again. They also have some great videos as well.
Published 11 months ago by CHRIS C CANAVAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Somehow it's brilliant
This album really shouldn't work. Kate Wilson and Cindy Wilson don't sing well at this point in their career (Fred Schneider still can't or at least doesn't. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Savonarola
5.0 out of 5 stars Bouncy and a great deal of fun
This is the album that launched a phenomenon – the B-52’s! Released in 1979 it has some that great B-52’s sound right out of the box, and all of the songs are really bouncy and a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, vinyl not in top condition
Unfortunately this vinyl record did not arrive in the condition I thought it would be in. Feel somewhat mislead by condition.
Published 15 months ago by Ariane Herwig
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic new wave from the mid 70's
I bought this when it first came out on vinyl and then recently I watched their DVD "...With the Wild Crowd" and got nostalgic. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Peter Ostman
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift
Perfect business transaction; terrific present for husband. It made his Christmas fun. He enjoyed the songs and loaded them on his MP3 player.
Published 15 months ago by B. Corley
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong, right?

A true 80's classic!!

(I'm currently working on about 500 reviews, I order pretty much everything from Amazon but I (until now) never review. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cj
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