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The B-52's [Import]

B-52's Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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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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The B-52's campy debut! Contains their signature hit Rock Lobster !

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5.0 out of 5 stars Putting the "New" in New Wave 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 25 years old...and still fresh Feb. 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that this debut album was unleashed a quarter of a century ago; nobody has come close to duplicating what The B-52's accomplished upon its release. Raw, energetic and charmingly naive, this one's about the basics of rock and roll: singing your heart out, dancing yourself into a frenzy, and celebrating youth.
There are a handful of B-52's anthologies on the market, but their late-blooming commercial success detracts from the brilliance of their debut. There isn't a weak track among the bunch. Beginning with the bizarre "Planet Claire," the listener goes on a wild journey that is steeped in the culture of 1950s science fiction movies, beehive hairdos, dance crazes, and joyful irreverence.
Musically, the band adopts much of the punk "do it yourself" attitude that prevailed during the time of the album's release. Bass guitars seem to fixate on one chord, rhythm guitars run up and down scales, and basic drum beats push the songs forward. Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson's voices, which at first blush seem so wildly out of tune, blend in a manner that is sublimely beautiful. Fred Schneider's vocals, which recall Rex Harrison's talk/singing in the film version of "My Fair Lady," seem so natural in this setting that it's easy to find yourself singing along with him at any point.
Lyrically, the band explores territory that few have ever chanced. Name-checking Tina Louise and Jackie Onassis in "52 Girls" is unique to say the least, and including a reference to limburger cheese in a list of dances ("Dance This Mess Around") is a route that was never evident to Burt Bacharach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful Nov. 20 2003
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The B-52's added a welcome shot of humour to the post-punk scene from 1979 onwards. Not only did they look kitchy and weird in an over-the-top 1960s type of way, their sound was something quite distinctive and they wrote great songs.
It's still hard to define the music which is a fun blend of pop, quirky funk and experimental rock. In addition to the jerky arrangements, the innovative vocals are what made the mix so successful and distinctive. The male voice hovers between a singing and speaking style while the female vocals frame it with tight, urgent harmonies and shrieks. The closest comparison I can find of a similar band from the same era is The Flying Lizards, but they were much more obscure.
My favourite songs include the jerky Rock Lobster with its great hooks, the tuneful Planet Claire and the infectious Dance This Mess Around. Many of the tracks are good for the dancefloor too. Although not all the songs are up to the quality of the aforementioned hits, they're all innovative, funny and listenable. After all these years, this album still sounds unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars their first is their best!!!! Oct. 12 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
in the performing arts, originality is key, and the b-52's are that in spades. there can never be another. thats it, end of story. while i have enjoyed certain songs from later releases, this entry release has proven impossible to beat. masterful in the way they straddled the line between camp and serious rocking grooves. if they were too campy they wouldnt have been taken seriously. they were just too cool. how hypnotic and driving is planet clare??? very!!! deep pulsating bass, bongo rhythm in the background. there is some amazing grinding guitar work on this album. the rock lobster climax is exhillarating. i wont go on as i could easily ramble. so enough said. i do trade cd's in every so often. this is one i will NEVER trade!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars toujours sur la sellette.
les B`52 sont venus à montréal l`été dernier,mais je n`ai malheureusement les voir. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2012 by mitche
5.0 out of 5 stars I say, don�t that make you feel a whole lot better?
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... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by Stanley B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Irreverent fun
Looking for something fun? Look no further - the whole point of the B-52's is fun with a grove, something that will make you smile as you sing along, and make you just wanna... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by Damian P. Gadal
5.0 out of 5 stars their first is their best!!!!
in the performing arts, originality is key, and the b-52's arethat in spades. there can neverbe another. thats it, end of story. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The debut album from the manic mavens of kitsch
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... Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
5.0 out of 5 stars Defining An Era
It was 1979 and the B-52s were on Saturday Night Live. I was in AWE. Yes they did "Rock Lobster" and "Dance This Mess Around". Read more
Published on May 20 2003 by R. M. Ettinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a MASTERPIECE
I was a kid when I first saw the B52's on SNL back in like 1979. I turned down the TV sound because I thought that they looked weird. And they did. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2003 by "smm22@psu.edu"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Totally Infectious, Quintessential Party Album!
The first time that I was exposed to the B-52's was at a friend's party back in the late 1980's where he played this album. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2002 by M. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly Genial!
Including in the New Wave movement as one of the principal forces we had this band from Athens, Georgia(the same as R.E.M. Read more
Published on June 4 2002 by Joao A.S.A. Botelho
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