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B-52's [CASSETTE] [Import]

B-52's Audio Cassette
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The B-52's are most recognisable from their brightly coloured 50-retro look and their unique vocals, mixing the high-pitched melodic harmonies of lead singers Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson with the sprechgesang vocals of frontman Fred Schneider. Formed in early 1977, their eponymous debut album was released in 1978 and quickly gained an underground following, as their new-wave/surf pop ... Read more in Amazon's B-52's Store

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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000006L41
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Planet Claire
2. 52 Girls
3. Dance This Mess Around
4. Rock Lobster
5. Lava
6. There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)
7. Hero Worship
8. 6060-842
9. Downtown

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't get enough of Cindy Wilson's voice 11 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bought the cd after finding my vinyl copy jumped in the middle of Rock Lobster (I was gutted). This album is too good. From start to finish it is chock full of musical craziness. I can't get "There's a moon..." out of my head, but all of the other tracks are good too. Although the B-52's will always be remembered for "love shack", there is much to be gained from their earlier, and in my opinion better, work.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Class 10 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
One of the best albums ever made, by one of the greatest live bands I have ever seen - bought it first in '79 because the cover looked interesting - and when I played it I remember my room lighting up with the joyous sounds coming out of the speakers and those oh so fabulous vocals - and it still has the same effect on me 27 yrs later.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing quite like it 5 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The B-52's debut album (without any 'bonus' tracks on the CD) defies any attempt to place it in a convenient cubby hole. The B-52's unique and well-crafted trashiness was a bit of a shock to the system even hot on the heels of punk. Plumbing that deep well of possibilities that lurks beneath American contemporary culture, they managed sound both unique and oh so familiar at the same time. I'm reminded very much of John Waters movies and found it no surprise to find David Byrne popping up on later album credits.
Take the opener, 'Planet Claire'. Almost everyone I've played it to has immediately identified it as Mancini's 'Peter Gunn' - which it obviously isn't (OK, so I have some odd friends!). But that sound is in the same sort of area, a tribute perhaps to beach party with some Eddie Cochran thrown in for good measure. The vocals are very, very un-60's however. With songs about astronomical phenomena and crustacean life delivered with er, a distinctive, and at the time, unusual style, you've just got to hear this to believe it. I love 'Heroes' and 'Downtown' is the best cover I've heard. And the production is unusual too, sounding slightly distant and adding to the ever-increasing list of unique qualities, be prepared to either either love it or hate it -and wonder why it took so long for the music world to throw up the B-52's -and could it happen again? Spooky.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strikingly original 5 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Hailing from Athens, Georgia, which would become famous as the hometown of the world's biggest death metal band, R.E.M., the early B-52's were one of the most original and adventurous bands of their era, seamlessly combining seemingly contradicting genres (60's instrumental rock, girl group pop, punk, surf, avant-garde elements, etc) into an eccentric but convincing whole, constantly sauntering on the thin line between kitsch and artiness. The band consisted of Fred Schneider (vocals, some miscellaneous instruments), Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson (mainly giggles and some other stuff), Cindy's brother Ricky on guitar, and Keith Strickland on drums. It is not only the music that was deemed semi-deranged. Some of the band members also looked almost alien (especially Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, with their outrageous hairdos), while the cover of the album was an extraordinary canary yellow.The album was produced by Chris Blackwell,founder of Island Recordsand also producer of several classic reggae-albums by Bob Marley and Toots & The Maytals, in Nassau (the Bahamas). And it shows. This is definitely a party record, one that will crack you up guaranteed, and that will have you hum along for almost 40 minutes.

"Planet Claire" is probably one of the greatest album openers of '79, with some Hank Marvin/ Bob Bogle-guitar stylings (or is that Duane Eddy's "Peter Gunn"?), sounding ultra-tight. Add to this some extra-terrestrial keyboards, the robotic singing of Fred Schneider, the band's trademark nonsensical lyrics ("Some say she's from Mars, or one of the seven stars, that shine after 3:30 in the morning, WELL SHE ISN'T"), and you're left with a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have
Classic. In its truest sense. If you haven't git it, get it.
Published 10 days ago by Mike Slawin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This has to be one of the best albums going, sounds so fresh and raw even in 2014. My favourite tracks here are '52 Girls' , 'Dance This Mess Around' , 'Rock Lobster' and 'There's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Takes me back to my youth and now my own children enjoy it, often in preference to the so called music of today
Published 14 months ago by GSF
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate, Kate and Cindy
'Twas about 30 years ago, when a friend of mine was liquidising his assets after a marriage split, I first heard The B52s. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dave K
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but for one problem...
The problem being that it is one of those bloody annoying CDs that they've encoded or whatever so you can only play it on a CD Player. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by B. A. Shipston
5.0 out of 5 stars I have seen the light!
I am a recent convert to the B52's, having been aware of them for years and always liked them from afar. Now i am a firm fan and making up for missing out for so long. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Mr. P. A. Mountford
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocking at the beach
I first heard this band when 'Rock Lobster' was aired on the revived 'Juke Box Jury' TV show in 1979 and couldn't get that great organ riff out of my head all evening. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2010 by D. J. H. Thorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful
The B-52's added a welcome shot of humour to the post-punk scene in 1979. Not only did they look kitchy and weird in an over-the-top 1960s type of way, their sound was something... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2003 by Pieter Uys
4.0 out of 5 stars Hex Lobster Hour
The best party album ever? Only if your friends like The Fall. I think it's too repetitive and tinny to appeal to most. Read more
Published on 28 May 2003
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