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Nothing quite like it,
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This review is from: B-52's (Audio CD)
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.