The B-52's - The B-52's (2014)

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The B-52's - The B-52's (2014)

Artist: The B-52's
Title Of Album: The B-52's
Year Of Release: 2014 [1979]
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Country: United States
Genre: New Wave, Alternative, Post-Punk
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: 320kbps / Lossless [44.1kHz/16bit / 96kHz/24bit / 192kHz/24bit]
Full Size: 102 mb / 270 mb / 877 mb / 1.72 gb
Time: 39:35 min

The B-52's released their eponymous debut album on July 7, 1979. The singles from the album included "Rock Lobster", "Planet Claire", and "Dance This Mess Around". The B-52's peaked at #59 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Even in the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk in the late '70s, the B-52's' eponymous debut stood out as an original. Unabashed kitsch mavens at a time when their peers were either vulgar or stylish, the Athens quintet celebrated all the silliest aspects of pre-Beatles pop culture -- bad hairdos, sci-fi nightmares, dance crazes, pastels, and anything else that sprung into their minds -- to a skewed fusion of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, and white funk. On paper, it sounds like a cerebral exercise, but it played like a party. The jerky, angular funk was irresistibly danceable, winning over listeners dubious of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson's high-pitched, shrill close harmonies and Fred Schneider's campy, flamboyant vocalizing, pitched halfway between singing and speaking. It's all great fun, but it wouldn't have resonated throughout the years if the group hadn't written such incredibly infectious, memorable tunes as "Planet Claire," "Dance This Mess Around," and, of course, their signature tune, "Rock Lobster." These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture wasn't simply affectation -- it was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture. It's difficult to imagine the endless kitschy retro fads of the '80s and '90s without the B-52's pointing the way, but The B-52's isn't simply an historic artifact -- it's a hell of a good time.

TRACKLIST:

1. Planet Claire 4:33
2. 52 Girls 3:35
3. Dance This Mess Around 4:37
4. Rock Lobster 6:51
5. Lava 4:55
6. There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) 4:58
7. Hero Worship 4:08
8. 6060-842 2:52
9. Downtown 2:57

Fred Schneider - cowbell, toy piano, synth bass, Vocals, walkie talkie
Kate Pierson - Farfisa Combo Compact organ, synth bass, guitar, vocals
Keith Strickland - percussion, drums, "Planet Claire" sounds
Cindy Wilson - bongos, tambourine, guitar, vocals
Ricky Wilson - guitars, smoke alarm
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