The Rocky Horror Picture Show of music. Step 1. This is so ridiculous. Step 2. Wow this is hysterical. Step 3. Why is my head bobbin? Step 4. There's a Moon in the sky, and it's called the Moon. Step 5. R O C K L O B S T E R
Punk, disco, surf, pop junk and cold war paranoia - no wonder they're talking nonsense. Except they're not. The whacked-out vocal affectation, pseudo-classical flourishes and bonkers lyrics give alienation a voice, sure, but more importantly a beat. That rhythms is all that's keeping these crazy kids' feet on the floor.
This album puts me in mind of a party where you only know one person and you suspect it might be a bad party, but the host actually turns out to be really charismatic, and the other guests are all pretty interesting actually, and the conversation flows easily and you come away thinking what a great night you had, and you basically never talk to anyone you met at that party ever again, but you treasure the memory of that party. An extra half star (rounded up) for Rock Lobster.
Did I really lend this album to Brent Nixon, the DJ at the President Hotel, so I could get it on demand when I was there? Did I get thrown out of somewhere for dancing too dangerously to Rock Lobster? It's all so fuzzy now. Listening to it 40 years later, I'd say the supporting songs sound better and the guitar licks are still great, if a bit unoriginal. I apologize to the brilliant Mike Oldfield for giving them a higher score, but the B52s were more part of the sound track of my personal coming of age flick.
Subdued and explosive all at once. It somehow makes me nostalgic for a time that never was. Nobody can do it quite like the B-52s.
This album was an unexpected joy to listen to. While I feel like everyone has heard or at least brushed up against the biggest track on this album ("Rock Lobster"), it's not truly indicative of the rest of the album or the band as a whole. There's so much more to unpack here. Tracks like "52 Girls" and "Hero Worship" are much better indicators of what this band is capable of. While this album is close enough to 80s new-wave that I should hate it, it somehow manages to avoid almost all the stuff that I hate. The guitar and organ tones are so great. The relentless rhythms are mesmerizing. And the lyrics have the same joyful near-nihilism of my favorite punk bands. I can hear the influence that this band had on later new-wave acts but I think most of them missed what The B-52's were doing here and just decided that stupid lyrics were cool and ran with it. These lyrics are... nonsensical. But they're anything but stupid. In fact, I would say that the kitchy nonsense is, in itself, a significant cultural commentary. Especially with the benefit of hindsight to know that the decade that immediately followed this album's release was one of record excess and rejection of personal and cultural responsibility.
This is one of the best (my favourite) debut albums of all time. Considering this came out at the height of punk and American mucho stadium rock, this is a very revolutionary album. Nothing I have read has ever summed up the vibe of the B52's than this quote from issue 19 of Rick Remender and Wes Craig's comic, Deadly Class: "B52's are a true original, that's pretty rare. A bunch of art school kids from Athens Georgia putting together a mix of Doo-Wop, surf tones, and free flowing oddball psychedelic lyrics. Two knockouts running around in beehive hairdos, this flamboyant gay guy who is just fearless. They're not trying to plug themselves into some stunted adolescent need to feel tough"
Iconic indie rock! A unique take on punk/new wave, mixing up 60’s West coast surf rock with NY garage and art rock of the late 70’s, and then having a party doing it. No other band sounds like B-52s. Not back then, not today some 40 years later.
Somehow, I never got around to listening to the B-52s until know. I expected all the kitsch 1960s surf rock throwback stuff, but the overall sound is way better than I expected! This is a solid new wave record with some discordant punk elements alongside irrepressible rhythms that make me do a chair-dance at my computer. Some strong Devo vibes, but I think I actually prefer the B-52s now! 5*
La chanson d'introduction Planet Claire ne rappelle pas le thème de James Bond mais bien celui de Mission Impossible, seulement le jour où mon compagnon d'écoute elmalaise s'apercevra des bêtises qu'il raconte, les poules auront des molaires et de très longues canines. La ligne mélodique de ce premier morceau m'a d'ailleurs été enseignée lors de l'un de mes premiers cours de basse, bien que je n'eusse jamais entendu la chanson en question. Vous avez d'ailleurs été nombreux ces derniers temps à me demander comment ma carrière de bassiste s'était terminée, je vais profiter de cette critique pour enfin vous répondre. Au crépuscule de mes quatorze ans, la perspective de me retirer de l'industrie musicale trottait dans ma tête depuis un bon moment. Certaines personnes de mon entourage était informées du fait qu'une annonce de fin de carrière pouvait intervenir à tout instant. Je reçus pourtant un matin l'appel de la directrice de mon école de musique qui me tint à peu près ce discours : "Robaéroportuaire, je viens d'avoir Robert Dimery au téléphone, il lui manque une huit-centaine d'albums pour compléter son livre des 1001, et il a pensé à toi pour y figurer après t'avoir entendu chanter sur le morceau All Of My Friends Were Here des Kinks. J'ai donc décidé d'organiser un concert dont tu seras l'attraction principale. Il aura lieu dans deux semaines, ne te rate pas." Un concert fut bel et bien organisé au théâtre La Pergola de Bordeaux dans les semaines qui suivirent. Seulement voilà, pendant la semaine qui précédait ce fameux concert, je fus atteint d'une gastro-entérite comprenant les symptômes suivants : maux de tête, vomissements, diarrhées. La tenue de l'événement était donc incertaine jusqu'à la veille de celui-ci. Sentant que j'allais mieux le jour-j, je décidai de ne pas l'annuler. Lorsque j'arrivai dans la salle, les organisateurs demandèrent à mes musiciens et moi-même de les suivre pour nous montrer l'emplacement de notre loge. Nous y accédâmes par la scène. Au moment de la découvrir, je compris soudain qu'un énorme problème allait se poser : aucune issue n'était prévue pour se rendre au toilettes. Seule la porte donnant sur la scène permettait d'y accéder. Il allait donc falloir que je tienne toute la durée de la première partie assurée par Finley Quaye sans aller aux W.C. alors que la fréquence à laquelle je m'y rendais par heure depuis le début de ma maladie était en moyenne de sept fois. La salle se remplit et Finley, après avoir branché ses casseroles et différents grille-pain, commença sa partie sous les huées d'une audience qui n'attendait que moi. Mon ventre grondait, gargouillait, glougloutait à n'en plus finir. "Robert est dans la salle..." me répétais-je pour me rassurer. Au bout d'une heure, Finley s'effondra en larmes avant de m'introduire au micro et de quitter la salle. J'ouvris la porte de la loge et marchai vers le devant de la scène. J'aperçus très vite Robert Dimery au premier rang, accompagné de son fils Mike Ladd alors âgé d'une douzaine d'années. Ma basse bientôt sanglée et positionnée de manière idéale, je débutai ma performance. Les premiers morceaux se déroulèrent à merveille. Je jouais mes lignes avec précision et concentration. Arriva bientôt le dernier morceau du concert, Smells Like Teen Spirit de Nirvana, au cours duquel il était prévu que je m'avance au bord de la scène et termine un héroïque solo sur les genoux. Je m'avançai donc jusqu'au bord, et au moment de m'agenouiller, gerbai soudain plusieurs litres de liquide accumulé en loge sur les jambes de Mike Ladd. Bien que Robert ne m'en parlât jamais, il me semble que cet épisode ait eu raison de mon absence de la liste et donc du Générateur.
loved it, loved it.. old lady's kind of music
Loved it. This is one of my favorite albums and bands. It is something I came of age with.
Easiest 5 star rating I'll ever give. No brainer. This otherworldly offering from the B-52's is one of the greatest debut albums ever recorded. They are so fucking cool and I love every track! This is an all-time favourite album of mine that I have loved for years. Dance This Mess Around, Lava, Rock Lobster, and 6060-842 are standout tracks, but I really do love every single note of this album.
A manifesto of weird. This album is awesome. It is a combination of punk, surf, emerging new wave, and a lot of guts. This album could easily fall off the edge of the cliff into the inane, but it just stays in that sweet spot of weird and genius. The arrangement is perfect with driving bass and drums and guitar and synth lines that are instantly memorable and clear. The vocal delivery is occasionally silly, occasionally earnest, and occasionally feels like a street preacher trying to save your soul.
You can tell from the dayglow cover that this is a bit of a daft album and I love it for that reason. There's so much humour, energy and excitement and it sounds so fresh. The music is groovy, the sounds are zany and the singing is carefree. Unlike a lot of punk and new wave it sounds childish (in a good way), sunny but also a bit spooky all at the same time (love the organ sounds). Fab stuff.
what's not to love about this album?
Brilliantly eccentric and creative. All the energy of punk with added zaniness.
My maternal grandparents had a beach house in Galveston, Texas, that we used to frequent on the weekends when I was a kid. To say they had interesting taste in décor would be, uhmm, an understatement. As one settled down on the ‘commode’ (as they referred to it), with pants or skirt dropped to the ankles, a glance up above the closed door revealed a camera lens poking out from the wall with the caption, ‘Smile. You’re on candid camera.’ In addition, the light switch plate featured a rotund male golfer with the switch itself serving as the sportsman’s penis. There was stuff like that all over the joint. It was a dream house for a young boy. My personal favorite piece of fine art was the famous Kash Koolidge painting (actually one of a series of 18), ‘Dogs Playing Poker,’ which hung right above the table that doubled for dining and game playing. ‘Kitsch’ is a term applied to art and design that is perceived as naïve, imitation, gratuitous or banal, and Koolidge’s painting is often offered as an example. Wikipedia describes the lyrics and mood of The B-52’s as kitschy, and one might perceive them as gratuitous, I’ll give you that one; but naïve, imitation, banal!? I beg to differ. Hailing from Athens, Georgia, the B-52s are one of the most unique bands to emerge from the so-called new wave/punk classic era, with Fred Schneider’s infectiously bizarre spoken vocals, not to mention Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson’s equally and appealingly weird intonations and harmonies, and Ricky Wilson’s fabulous minimalist guitar playing on the Epiphone Coronet, an axe shared by a diverse group of guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Del Shannon, Wayne Kramer, and Ace Frehley. Wilson never got the accolades he deserved, proving that less really is sometimes more. On ‘Lava’ and ‘Hero Worship’ he adds uncharacteristic (for him) distortion recognized as a more traditional classic rock guitar sound. Indeed, on ‘Hero Worship’ his riff would fit nicely with any AC/DC song. No foolin’. But on the rest, it’s much cleaner, often favoring throbbing single notes (especially on the lower E and A strings) rather than power chord strumming. But it rocks all the same, every bit as much as Angus Young on all six of his strings. Yep, I said it. Turn the volume on this LP way up and tell me I’m wrong. And while drummer Keith Strickland is no Neil Peart, he does provide the necessary stability to hold this whole gloriously danceable mess together. Too much drumming flare would hurt rather than help the B-52’s. From the moment the listener rockets off into outer space on the opener, ‘Planet Clare,’ the journey is a musical G-force that presses the listener right back into his/her seat. But once freed from planet Earth’s gravitational restrictions we are invited to loosen our seat belts and float, no, dance around the capsule. And the wild array of wacky instruments (toy piano, smoke alarms, and such) only adds to the fun. Please do not be fooled by the seemingly silly and nonsensical lyrics. Both Lewis Carroll and John Lennon taught us, hopefully, that nonsense is not always no sense. ‘Lava’ is obviously chocked full of innuendoes: ‘My love’s erupting like a red hot lava.’ That’s not what I’m referring to. I believe the third track, ‘Dance This Mess Around,’ is the best example to offer. Kate Pierson, with authentically passionate aching in her voice, pleads for her man to stay, to remember when times were better. Then in homage to the Supremes’ 1965 hit ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love,’ she adds a little twist of her own: ‘Walk, talk, in the name of love before you break my heart. Think it over, think it over. Roll it over in your mind. Why don’t you dance with me?’ Later, she and Fred recite a litany of old dance moves like the Shu-ga-Loo and the Camel Walk (not real?), but then the Hippy Shake (which is real), and again, Kate is savvy enough to say it in the original cadence of 1964’s The Swinging Blue Jeans: ‘Hippy Hippy forward Hippy Hippy Hippy Shake. Finally, she and Fred go right into a dialogue: (Kate) ‘Hey now, don’t that make you feel a whole lot better?’ (Fred) ‘Huh?’ (Kate) ‘I say, don’t that make you fell a whole lot better?’ And when Fred asks, ‘What you say?’ he says it in such a way that conveys a clear, but subtle nod to Ray Charles’ hit ‘Hit The Road Jack.’ It took me at least an hour of singing that damn line over and over, google searching and what not, before I finally remembered where I had first heard this. (Incidentally, it finally came to me while I was urinating out my morning coffee. I often receive inspiration both on the toilet and in the shower. Something about the running water. Something else about the power of those duties to empty my mind of thought, thus freeing it to receive inspiration. But that’s a whole other topic.) My point is that the B-52’s might appear to be, or may be perceived, as kitsch, and in some ways they certainly are; but, underlying the look, the sound, the lyrics, they are also quite the opposite of banal, naïve, imitators. No one is saying that about The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour (my favorite LP from my favorite band), and if they are, then its a banal and gratuitous critique. So goo-goo g’joob, you crabalocker fishwife, you corporation tee-shirt, you elementary penguin. Don’t you think the joker laughs at you? Ho ho ho hee hee hee ha ha ha. I dearly wish the B-52’s would have omitted their cove of the Tony Hatch tune popularized by the wonderful Petula Clark in 1964, ‘Downtown.’ (The B-52’s sure have a thing about the mid-60s.) It’s a mess, and not worthy of 'B-52’s.' Eliminate it, and this is a perfect LP. But seeing as how it’s only three minutes long and obviously not meant to be taken seriously- the punk rock practice of often lovingly lampooning 60s songs, as in D.C.’s Minor Threat’s version of ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ performed both by Paul Revere & The Raiders and the Monkees, i.e.- then I’m willing to let it slide and round up from a 4.9 to the big 5. As Fred Schneider yowls about 10-15 seconds or so after the five minute mark on ‘Rock Lobster,’ directly following the girls doing their best joyful dolphin background vocals, ‘Let’s Raaaaccckk!’ Yes, let’s.
What a treat. What a fun album. Excellent beach rock + punk sounds, makes you wanna get up and dance.
We start at 3 based just on Rock Lobster. The females' screeching near the end of Rock L is a shout out to Yoko Ono. If you didn't know Yoko got shout outs, now you know. I didn't remember there was a cover version of Downtown on the LP. This was just a year after Syd Vicious took My Way for a ride up the charts.
The schtick wears thin pretty quick. Like the female vocals but that's about it. Don't want to listen to it again.
I have a really hard time taking this band seriously. They are just so corny. I think it’s the guy’s voice, because I react to a song like 52 Girls much differently than Rock Lobster. He just strikes me as desperately uncool.
I really hated this. While the beats were pretty interesting and upbeat, the vocals were too much. I knew I didn't like Rock Lobster, but the rest wasn't any better. One of the closest I've been to shutting off mid album so far.
More edgy punk than I had expected. Kinda like art punk. What a vibe.
YOU ALREADY KNOW
I only heard this album for the first time a couple of years ago, but when I heard it I instantly loved it. I totally dig the energy and musicality of this group. Always a rewarding listen
Roam around the world
A classic in every respect
I love them. They are so funky and cool and party like. Crazy, weird, loud and fun.
Love this! Was a staple listen in the early 80s
Some days everyone needs a bit of Rock Lobster in their lives. For me, yesterday was one of those days. Great upbeat tunes, I was bopping along all day!
10/10 this album is packed with so much personality and attitude, I love it I barely understood anything they were saying but it doesn’t matter all I need is some of this awesome boogie-woogie, talking-heads-meets-tarantino-score type music
Fantastic! One of those albums I’ve wanted to listen to for years but never got round to. Loved it! Fun, quirky and uniquely. A classic
rock lobster so groovy - so groovy
Classic kitsch party music from the early 80's, great memories
She came from Planet Claire I knew she came from there She drove a Plymouth Satellite A-faster than the speed of light
I got this album as a gift back in the early 80s. I knew Rock Lobster, the rest was new (to me) at the time. I immediately loved it. It really brings back memories. The LP I had skipped during Dance this Mess Around and it would loop on one track over and over again. I actually recorded the skipping version to a cassette… eventually, the album self-corrected and the skip went away. Every time I hear that song, it makes me think of the loop, and I heard it in my head…. The album is great, start to finish. I think Wild Planet (their next album) is just as good, if not better. Glad to see this one (at least) on the list. 5/5.
FIVE STARS An all-time classic and a personal favorite of mine. As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 942 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 27 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 16 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 16
This album is a personal favorite of mine and one of the strangest, funniest and overall best debut albums of a rock band. Part surf rock parody, part punk rock, part acid trip at a 50’s drive-thru movie theater, the album is filled with spiky guitar riffs and absurdist humor. Fred Schneider’s vocals get most of the attention in The B-52’s and understandably so; he sounds as if the Mad Hatter were a radio announcer. But Cindy Wilson deserves equal billing here. She’s an absolute maniac on the microphone, screaming and wailing one minute, and slurring her way through a bizarre baby voice the next. She’s a powerhouse on the hypnotic “Dance This Mess Around.” Side A is untouchable for me - the sequence of “Planet Claire,” “52 Girls,” “Dance This Mess Around” and “Rock Lobster” is incredible (the latter two are both top 100 songs for me). The second half of the album is a blast too though, with loads of goofy humor, sexual innuendo and a charming cover of “Downtown” to cap things off. How fun to hear a band experiment and fool around the way The B-52’s do here. It’s a brazen, joyful album that sounds like nothing else. I’ve listened to it dozens of times and it never gets any less strange or thrilling.
I love the B-52's so much. Just out there in small town Georgia, all alone, inventing New Wave.
I have owned this album on cassette, vinyl, CD and mp3. For years I had the cover of this album hanging on my office wall. This is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite albums. There is an exuberance and joy to these songs that has held a really special place in my heart for 40 years now. There's a reason the B's are so beloved by such a diverse group of fans. On a basic level, they make catchy party songs that are easy to sing and dance to. Musically, they have always done what they wanted, whether it's on trend or not, and people love them for that. There's something about the B's that resonates then with misfits, nerds and outsiders. The B-52's are having a big party in their big tent, and everyone is invited. As for the album itself, come on. The band came out swinging (okay, frugging, probably) with their very first album. I love all their stuff, but this album really is the best thing the B-52's ever did. Musically it's purposefully bare bones, but the songs are crisp, energetic, quirky, F-U-N. No filler at all, just 9 perfect songs perfectly arranged in 39 minutes. The B's took all the cool things about surf, garage rock and girl groups, artfully rearranging them for the post punk era, and somehow it works! The lyrics are cleverer than people give the band credit for, kitschy and silly for sure, but also with warmth and sly humor. Held up against the musical excesses of stadium rock, the anger of punk and the coldness of new wave, the B-52's are a breath of fresh air. It's such an unusual, singular sound, but there’s nothing not to love about it. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Rock Lobster, Lava, 52 Girls, Planet Claire, Dance This Mess Around, Hero Worship, Downtown, There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon), 6060-842
Love The B-52s!
3.75/5. I liked this. It’s was weird, different, and good. I would not mind revisiting this.
This was a pretty good album, the production was great als ahead of its time 8,5/10
I enjoyed this. A little weird, but that's par for B-52s.
Another example of why this 1001 album process is great: listening to artists I wrote off completely. I just knew B-52s as Rock Lobster and Love Shack, which I didn't think are bad... but I feel like I've heard pop culture parodies more than the actual band. There is a proto-punk/surf aspect in here that is pretty neat. They definitely ride the humor line well, I see RCe parallels here. In fact, RCE probably wouldn't exist if not for bands like B-52s making humor in music a thing. Reminds me a bit of Devo as well. Fav track: Dance this Mess Around. 3.5 to 4.
catchy hooks, surprise funk, driving beat, and ridiculous FUN lyrics. Refreshing.
A true unicorn of a music group. Great record, so much fun, so weird and funky.
I like how goofy this band is, and I like their surf rock sound. My dad used to play them for us kids sometimes. LOVE "Rock Lobster." I don't think they needed to include the cover of "Downtown", that track weakened a pretty good album.
Athens GA represent! Love the girls voices and the sounds of the guitar is great. How did Fred get that job?
This album starts out brilliantly with a hommage to the Peter Gunn theme with Planet Claire, legs are a' moving and head is a' bopping. Funky, punky, kitchy and so much fun. To this day Rock Lobster still gets everyone on the dancefloor.
Está bien. Pero sin más.
Music that's fun, I enjoyed.
Kuulosti vähän surffirokilta. Levyn kansikuvan ja artistikuvan perusteella odotin jotain ABBA-kopiota, joten yllätys oli iloinen. Tykkäsin kyllä levystä, mutta lopun Downtown-cover meinasi olla vähän liikaa, miksihän sellainen oli pitänyt tunkea mukaan? Arvosana levylle olisi suunnilleen 3.5. Pyöristettäköön kivasti ylöspäin.
Aangename easy listening, Rock Lobster is geweldig! 4/5
This a very fun and interesting album. It's like the perfect mix of kitsch, British pop, funk and 60's sci-fi. The songs are upbeat with a particular sound that I really enjoyed.
Gute Laune Musik. Gut für "im Hintergrund laufen lassen".
Not a bad album. Good background music with catchy beats.
free spirited and adventurous.
The B-52's have always had a special brand of wacky mixed with surf rock, and I've always appreciated it.
I like to think that B-52 was the one who made New Wave weird. It is more evident than anywhere else the transition from punk to New Wave in the era, and on top of that they incorporate surf rock giving it a distinctive feel you know must be B-52. With loud, danceable, and most incredibly strange lyrics with themes in scifi, LGBT, and much more not frequently touched upon, it becomes an enjoyable listen so much that I played it 3 or 4 times yesterday!
Fun fun music
Vernieuwende band met veel invloed op jaren 90 muziek en verder. Vrolijke deuntjes waar je je wel even voor open moet stellen, maar vooral live zo ongelooflijk leuk om mee te maken. Dikke vier ster
Fancy, cool, geht in den Nacken
Disco meets DIY Punk, new wave and 50’s surf rock. ‘The B-52’s’ is great for most of it’s run time, but runs out of steam towards the end, their cover of Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’ tacked on to pad out the length of the album. Despite that, ’The B-52’s’ is still a unique, distinctive and undeniably fun record. If nothing else, you’re never left in any doubt as to who you’re listening to when their songs come on the wireless, and that’s never a bad thing.
It's the B-52's, but without arguably their top two songs. Solid album, nothing to turn your nose up at, just not a 5.
The B-52's do an excellent job of laying down an old-school surf rock riff and riding that all throughout the song. It's an element that sounds conventional, until you hear it for yourself and realize that the B-52's are anything but conventional. They get spooky synths, nonsense lyrics, and lean 100% into making fun upbeat bops. It's a shame that pretty well every song on here is eclipsed by the incredible Rock Lobster, which fully explores every facet of the riffs they use with excellence. No complaints there. Another great one near the back-half is 6060-842, which just rocks. All the songs rock! The B-52's rock.
Fun throwback but not my favorite stuff
Los B-52's son una banda muy curiosa porque son casi casi un género en sí mismos y tal vez sin darse cuenta inventaron el sonido esteretípico de fiesta de Halloween. Aunque todas las rolas suenan bastante bastante parecidas entre ellas, la música no es nada mala y no me molesta nada cuando aparecen aleatoriamente en mi música.
Es muy sencillo, a quien no le gustan los B 52s no tiene alma. No hay mucho que pensar, no son un parteaguas en nada particular, no tienen mucha sustancia pero son música absurda tremendamente divertida y bien hecha que si bien no cambió mucho durante su carrera tampoco bajo su calidad. Podrían poner aquí este disco con Rock Lobster o poner Loveshack que es de años adelante y no se siente la diferencia. No hay mucho que decir pero tampoco mucho de qué quejarse, quizá unicamente que el disco pueda llegar a sentirse un poco repetitivo hacia el final y pudiera sentirse también un poco largo. Esa queja es de personas matarrisas, el disco es pop del mejor y más alegre que pudiera encontrar.
4.3 - Unabashedly kitschy, drawing on a Jon Waters-esque trash-pop aesthetic complete with beehive hairdos, hawaiian shirts and all manner of cultural detritus from late-50s/early-60s. I remember loving this retro look and sound as a kid when I first became aware of it through Pee Wee's Playhouse. Unadulterated cheeky fun with slapping rhythms to keep the hot buns bouncing.
Great poppy dance number
Very 70's and very groovy. Really liked it.
Surprised me. In a good way
Fun campy music
Love the B52s sound. So different for the time...especially coming out of Athens Georgia. Just fun songs all around. 4/5
This was surprisingly good. The album can't really escape the decade it was made in, so it sounds a little bit dated, but even then this is way more original than many albums coming out today. The songs are fun, kind of psychodelic at times and in general really good. Saving it to my list to listen more another day.
Hey, I've heard this band before. Took 4 days to get to a band I know! First time listening to a whole album straight through, though. Toe-tapping fun! I think I like late 70s/early 80s New Wave. I don't know if I knew that Rock Lobster was that long of a song.
Certainly unique and original. Weird surf guitar mixed with haunted organ and lots of shouting. I didn’t know they were doing this a full 10 years before Love Shack. It did get a bit ‘one trick’ to keep my interest for a full album though.
I've never heard this whole album. It's fun
261020 10:57 3.5
Athens' new wave spawned the quirky dance-music with Sixties overtones of the B52's, basically a synthesis of the three leading phenomena of the time (new wave, disco-music and Sixties revival). (7/10) FT: Rock Lobster
Totally distinctive sound, fun record.
My introduction to the B-52's was their album "Cosmic Thing" which came 10 years after this album. I have listened to this album at least once before to hear the rest of the album that includes "Rock Lobster". The B-52's have a consistent sound throughout the album. If you like the band you'll probably like the album. "Rock Lobster" (with all of its oddities) and "Planet Claire" are the tracks I'm most likely to revisit. I do like the band, and I like many of their songs. I may not come back to the album very soon, but I wouldn't be surprised if I do.
cool punk esque alternative album with a uninque catchy sound
It's just good fun isn't it? Grey po-faced post-punk painted in technicolour and covered in glitter.
I've been secretly banging everyone in the B-52's behind their backs. I plan on revealing this information at the Christmas party and watching the fireworks go off. They all love me, the freaks.
Reverbed wig-outs are rad.
Sounds like the soundtrack for my memories of college parties. A fun album from one of the many bands that came out of Athens, Georgia in the early 80's.
kooky, packed with hooks and joy
this was a lot of fun
Was pretty disillusioned with 70’s music and then along came the B-52’s,and my music world heading into the 80’s changed…cool album and they only got better…fun,fun,fun
It seems there is more to the B-52's than 'Loveshack', a questionable apostrophe, talk-singing, and the Flintstones. This is a high-energy, hook-laden, post-punk/new wave album which picks you up and demands attention and movement. Like the cover art, the album has a quirky cartoony vibe, but avoids slipping into novelty territory by virtue of its ferocity. Imagine this would have sounded ground-breaking in 1979 and remains fresh, fun and catchy today. 4/5.
Solid new wave album
Toes the line between delightful and annoying expertly. I wish a few of the other songs had the same chaos as Rock Lobster. Still, it's an album I'd listen to again. 8/10
8/10. Just a really fun album. Gets a bit long, but stays exuberant
it was good!
Pretty good. Love rock lobster
It’s hard to recall how offbeat and strange this album sounded back in 79. From the gradual build and killer guitar of Planet Claire to the body shaking Dance This Mess Around and the goofy Rock Lobster. It opened up a new day glo world to my 17 year old brain. Good stuff.
This is a pretty good album, I recognized the voices when the first song started but I could come up where they came from. It was great actually listen to songs they have made that did not go as big as Love Shack and Rock lobster.
Decent album - knew a few of them from before - will play again.
A Whole Day On The Bus From Thala To Béni Khiar. Still Sick, Only Heard Planet Claire
Growing up I never really liked Love Shack or Rock Lobster, which was all I knew of the B-52's. The entire album is exciting and unique, ahead of its time maybe. Took me on a trip, that's for sure!
In a previous review of the band The Jams, I cited how polymath Carrie Brownstein (unf) mentioned the band being the gateway to her punk and alternative journey. So imagine my excitement when I get the chance to review yet another Carrie Brownstein gem. The B-52s played dance-y keyboard tinged rock known as New Wave, which was a related to, if not a sub-set, of Post Punk. In keeping with its punk roots, post punk was iconoclastic and defiant of boundaries, but in doing so, it favored keyboards and angular, single notes on guitar (as opposed to the power chorded rage of hardcore contemporaries like Black Flag). The B-52s self-titled album was a fun ride clocking in at just under 40 minutes. From the hypnotic synths and guitars of Planet Claire to the ridiculous but oddly-catchy Rock Lobster, to the punky guitar crunch of the irreverent Lava, the album was emotive and experimental without taking itself too seriously. The band sees both male and female vocals, both being utilized in whole songs , or as a call-and-response. As such, the influence on Sleater-Kinney is thus clear and apparent, as is their rightful place in the unsung line-up of post-punk greats.
Very solid debut from one of the strangest bands I can think of (in a good way). I was definitely aware of the B-52's through Love Shack and Rock Lobster (the latter being on this album) as well as through Kate Pierson's vocal appearance in R.E.M.'s 'Shiny Happy People'. Although I have enjoyed what I have heard from them in the past, I wouldn't have necessarily thought that an album of theirs could be worthy of being on a list like this; however, I think S/T earned a spot for sure due to how fun and unique it was. I would say this album was ahead of its time by a few years at least and that it fully embraced its weirdness in a way that there is a certain charm to it that is nearly impossible to duplicate. There is just so much personality here shown through their dorky beach rock vibes and very unique vocalists ('Hero Worship' had some insane vocals from Kate in a way that was almost Yoko Ono-esque). Overall, it was clear that this was their statement to the world and that nothing was going to stop them from being themselves which I can really respect. I wouldn't say it is the most finely-crafted or well-written album ever, but it is a fun listen that I would recommend to others. 3.5/5.
It’s easy to forget how out there this record seemed in the very late ‘70s. Holds up better than most kitsch of that era. Though the latter work significantly degraded their legacy (approaching at the nadir novelty act status), this is tight and hooky and edgy, interesting and original. Somehow arty and vaguely punk at the same time. 3.5 stars but gets 4 because of the originality.
Pretty fun funky oddball tunes.
Fun album. ROCK LOBSTER!!! The cover of Downtown wasn't great.
Not commercially as successful as Cosmic Thing, but definitely more impactful. Can't believe this came out in 1979. Still very worth a listen.
Killer. Great debut.
Andy is psychic, y'all. Could you please mention something about Black Sabbath in your next review? Thx. Anywho, this came out in 1979??? I had no idea. They are an '80s/'90s band in my heart and there they shall remain. I enjoyed listening to this and I really do love the vocals across the board. That is the sound of this band, as far as I'm concerned. They could sing Will Smith's Oscar speech and it would fill me with joy. Nobody else sounds like this band because of those three vocalists. But man... did "Rock Lobster" have to be damn near 7 minutes long? They play that song on the kids' station on SiriusXM from time to time and I'm always in disbelief, because I can't keep it in my attention for 7 minutes so what's a kid supposed to do with it? (Know what else is also unapologetically long and feels even longer? That fucking "Space Jam" song. Oh my God in Heaven.) That aside, an enjoyable listen. I don't think I'll ever call myself a full-blown 52 Head, but I'd always welcome putting it on.
Lot's a great fun and energy. What's not to like.
Mi fanno venire in mente i Magma, deliranti così.
Está bien. Pero sin más.
New wave, post-punk. Está bien. Un 4.
Kitschy, cool, unique, and fun. What's not to like? Great debut album. 4 stars.
Rock Lobster! I actually really like the dynamic the group has, even with the very different sounding voices. A fun album. 7/10
Classic! 4.5 / 5
first listen there's something otherworldly about this band, like aliens on acid imitating human music
Takes me back
Good, but not really my thing.
Good but sadly some songs were missing
Definitely a fun, unique group. Some very memorable songs but didn't hold my attention all the way through.
Yeah, I haven't taken enough drugs to get it. Rock Lobster is funny, though.
Love shack baby.
Yup. It’s the B52s
I can really hear the beginning of the 80s in this one. It’s…strange. I don’t hate it, but I find it mildly annoying, mostly when the guy is sort of yelling.
Semibängeri Surf rock
I couldn't always get into their kitschy retro aesthetic, and there's a reason that "Rock Lobster" is the song they're best known for: it's the best song on the album by a mile. It's certainly not a bad album, but it's not for me.
Good but kinda dumb at various moments
Demasiado de su época. No soporta el paso del tiempo, pero no está mal del todo
Some fun tunes, definitely heard rock lobster before
Side one or the first half are classics that have lived on. Side two I haven't heard before and their style wears a bit thin on it. Hard to put a label on this but post-punk/new wave dance for the era could work.
Maybe its me, maybe its the music but I seem to be in a bit of a 3-star rut. This was fun but I wouldn't be hankering for more...
"Planet Claire has pink air All the trees are red No one ever dies there No one has a head" (Planet Claire) "We were at the beach Everybody had matching towels Somebody went under a dock And there they saw a rock It wasn't a rock It was a rock lobster Rock lobster! Rock lobster!" (Rock lobster) "There's a moon in the sky It's called the moon" (There's a moon in the sky (called the moon)) Aprecio mucho el altísimo componente mamarracho de las letras de este disco.
Different, a solid ***
Vooral de leuke baslijntjes spraken me aan. Maar algemeen gevoel van het album is maar matig
3/5 in the end it didn't matter tbh
Great fun and a bit punky
OK, of its time
A quirky album that’s quite unique
Classic b52. Not bad musically or lyrically
A lot of fun songs and some classic hits. Definitely a fun flying album. Some weaker songs that you tire of quickly but overall very strong and at times funny album.
I like parts of most of the songs but the lyrics are pretty weird. Seems like you need to be doing drugs at some chic underground NYC club in the 80s to really get the vibe of this one. My favorite track is “52 Girls”.
You can't beat Rock Lobster.. this is real time surf rock. Not for the faint of heart or the causal listener.
not as many classics as Cosmic Thing but still a great new wave/dance rock album. I liked the guitar on rock lobster tho
Decent not my vibe though really
Punky with some catchy riffs. Doesn’t sound like the ‘Love Shack’ band.
peppy, reasonably interesting
A very strange and fun project. Might need a little to get used to it though.
I think I get why it’s important, see the emergence of electronica… too cheesy for me though
ROCK LOBSTARR DOWN DOOOWWWWWWN
This album really rocked in places. Lovely mix of 50s and 60s surf pop, garage and punk. Really interesting and catchy. They just made me smile and I love their voices. At times I thought, 'ah this is just silly' and their voices are really annoying. A couple of songs sounded like a really good version of The Wiggles. Overall I really enjoyed it.
One of the freshest, disruptive bands of their time. I can see why John Lennon liked them (e.g. a touch of "Yoko-like" vocals in Rock Lobster?). I can't listen to more than one album at a time, it ends up being all too similar, but I must recognize their new, innovative approach.
funny pop sound, addictive melodies.
not bad, can get quite whiney at times
I groaned when I saw this come up but really enjoyed this. Would listen again and probably buy on vinyl.
Good fun, and I love Rock Lobster.
Close to a 4 star for me
3.5 weird but i enjoyed it
Finally something with a beat. Last few albums have been slow/boring. I wasn't expecting to like this very much, probably because I'm not that big a fan of 80s music and I thought this would be pretty pop-oriented (Love Shack is probably the only song of theirs have some awareness of). But it's surprisingly good. Fun surf guitars and driving beats. Vocals remind me of X a bit. Good, enjoyable listen but also nothing earth shattering for me so it's unlikely I'll revisit much. Very solid 3 stars.
Good stuff. Not a huge fan of new wave. Like a lot of B52s, Cars, Talking Heads. But not enough to buy any albums.
Cool band, wanted it to go longer than it did.
Esta padre el a-go-go y es música muy agradable. Rock Lobster se siente eterna en comparación al resto del disco. 2.5 sube a 3. Songs: Hero Worship, Rock Lobster
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Classic, and just in time for Halloween.
Very odd. Classic new wave. Planet Claire is an absolute classic. 6-7/10
Enjoyed but not a classic
Nice mix of fun and post-punk sounds
Je n'ai pas eu le temps d'écrire ma review hier après l'écoute de cet album, mais vu que Robert n'a visiblement pas eu le temps de réparer le générateur personne ne m'en tiendra rigueur. La série noire continue, la vague de perturbations entrevue courant de la semaine dernière persiste dans le ciel générateurien, une éclaircie est attendue au plus vite.
I was dreading playing this, but there was actually some interesting stuff going on. Can definitely hear some Oh Sees in some of this. Some weird/fun/wild stuff going on. Some obnoxious stuff for sure.
Didn’t know this album was ‘79, earns a few points for that. Lead singer sounds like Dead Kennedy’s or New Order. The aesthetic is like punk but in the style of 50s atom punk. I feel like the band are mediocre musicians. A few songs started to sound like a kids album, or maybe kids albums sound like this. It did start to grow on me a little. But just okay, 3.
In this expert reviewer's opinion, these are not songs. These are goofy experimental jams with a few repeated phrases interspersed, which is cool too. My prior exposure to the B52s was Cosmic Thing, which is full of songs. Some really great ones. Songs or not, every single track is danceable, weird, at least slightly interesting. But also, who cares? Maybe I need to look under the beehive hair and Secret Agent Man grooves to find the point. B
Lots of fun, crazy guitar and vocals. Interesting would I listen again? Don't know
Always fucking weird
It is alright. Not really memorable.
Meh. I can appreciate them on one hand and dislike them on the other. Weird as shit. Good for them.
Dug the James bond/ surfing guitar sounds. Pretty simple, and a little annoying. Do not really like their voices. Can't say I'd listen to this one. 2.5
Not as revered as the B51's, but okay
Liked it, but not amazing
Another one of those "you've heard of them, but never listened to them" artists. Obviously familiar with "Rock Lobster", such a fun song. I did not realize that track is nearly 7 minutes long. As far as the album goes, it's quirky and fun, however there's some serious musicianship happening! It's actually a pretty decent surf-rock/new wave album. Didn't love it, but it's alright.
This album quickly establishes the B-52's iconic sound with Planet Claire, and also has Rock Lobster. There is definitely some room for growth, though, as some of the tracks are a bit aimless. I think their work gets better from here.
Intro je kao uvod u nekakav super outer space herojski film, ali kroz album općenito vladaju ti quirky instrumentali uz njihovo nabadanje uzvika, pjevušenja, pričanja i vikanja - sve u svemu zabavan album. Na mjestima (pjesmama) osjetim taj neki miks vokala i ritma - Siouxie + Blondie uz začin vedrijeg post punka/new wavea. 6060 - 842! and I'm waiting for you! Favoritne: Dance This Mess Around, Rock Lobster, 6060 - 842.
Pendulum swings from love this to shoot me now. So I'll go with a 3
New wave surf-rock that revels in its own silliness- I careered between being immensely on board and feeling incredibly irritated by every note. Between them, the band carve out a very niche, idiosyncratic sound that seems to take the oddball "art-punk" scene of the late 70s to its extreme. Did any other band take it this far and enjoy the same level of commercial success and critical acclaim hand-in-hand? It's hard to imagine who else might have pulled it off. "Planet Claire" beams the band into the galaxy with a "retro-futuristic" feel even for 1978: a clean and trebly guitar riff twangs around a searing chromatic organ sequence in one of the strongest instrumental moments on the record. "Dance This Mess Around" climaxes in an addictive insistent refrain, and "6060-842" is catchy if a bit repetitive. There's a lot of fun to be had if I'm in the right frame of mind, but the chief flaw is that in several places, the inherent novelty factor becomes too pronounced, and "B-52's" becomes obnoxious for the sake of it. The main offenders are Fred Schneider's constipated vocals (thank god they have multiple vocalists) and the relentlessy kitschy lyrics- "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)" springs to mind. Both factors come to a head with the best known track "Rock Lobster", which I had no idea was 7 minutes long on the album version... it wasn't a welcome discovery. The musicianship and the songwriting is all quite simplistic, to striking effect on the album's best tracks but failing to redeem the inherent novelty value of the worst. "B-52's" can be quite a party, but if you're not on their wavelength, you'll be looking for the nearest open window to jump out of.
I really like the vibe of this album, but all the songs could have been 2 minutes shorter
Very funky and upbeat. Interesting sound and overall fun album.
2/3/22 Quirky. Fun. Background music.
Rock Lobster is always a jam, but most of the album is a bit difficult to listen to just because of how odd it is. Granted, I can definitely see how this was a very influential album.
Listened to on 2/3/22 3/5 Favorite Songs: Hero Worship, Lava Fun party music for the 70s and would definitely listen to the background
Fun and kitschy album. Definitely very front-heavy. Rock Lobster is obviously just an absolute classic.
Prima bandje maar niet helemaal mijn ding, iets te soft en commercialized
High-pitched melodies from a keyboard/organ, shouting lyrics, energetic drums, yet somehow this was not quite punk and way more funk. In a way the sound is futuristic and something one would expect from an episode of "The Jetsons". The album opens with "Planet Claire" using what had become an ubiquitous bass line synonymous with action television of the 60s the kind that is familiar to anyone who has watched "Nick at Nite" at any point in their life. Playful and fun, again, something akin to the enjoyment and perhaps dystopian vibe of "The Jetsons" where fashion is eccentric and okay, where old-fashioned does not exist or even matter where the world is in automated order in need of flirtation with chaos. The album is remarkably progressive in this sense. Punkish attitude minus the statement pieces, it is though one has stepped into the world of Scott Pilgrim where a strange mix of apathy and personal drive have collided. The album lyrics are anthological with themes and linear storytelling seemingly nonexistent, but rather than being lost the B-52s have assumed the role of tour guide from Planet Claire to the exciting life on a beach.
The whole album was extremely energetic, but while some songs were catchy and groovy, others sounded a bit like a middle school talent show act that everyone uncomfortably claps for. Will have to try this one again. 2.5, but I'll give it a 3.
Very fun and silly
i really hated the background track because it was just so repetitive. it had no interesting aspect to it it it was just a basic beat and was snooze worthy.
Loved this as a kid (my teen cohorts definitely not getting it, putting me in for a bit of mockery - but they were all drunkenly dancing to Love Shack in college in just a few short years). Did not hold up for me quite so well - the minimalist kitsch, the repetition. But still enjoyed it.
The first 4 songs are absolutely stellar. They are quirky unique and catchy. Unfortunately the rest of the album doesn’t quite hold up as well, being weird without being so entertaining.
This was a strange trip. Makes me wonder how they ever found the success they did.
Pros: - It's a very unique sound. It's got this 50's ish thing, but the guitars and vocals are more experimental then what they were doing in the 50s. Cons: - One reason why I don't have this up higher is that I think there's something with the songwriting that keeps it from being a 4 or 5 but I can't exactly figure it out. "Dance This Mess Around" for example is a really cool song- it's energetic yet also laid back. The vocals yell in your face while the guitars play a minimalism riff that repeats throughout. It's a great sound, but I can't help but feel like the recording engineer hit the "record" button and they just jammed this track out. What makes it even harder to pinpoint is that the album has tracks like Rock Lobster, which show multi faceted strengths in songwriting; the structure is super well thought out, the instrumentation really great, the lyrics are funny and a little simple but have such a unique theme. It makes me think this song had a lot of thought put into it. Misc: - Overall I enjoy the album and it's a fun listen. I think maybe if it was a little more dynamic and strayed a little further at times from the variables that seem to appear in most tracks: mid tempo / drumset / clean, spanky guitar / fun vocals , then I would rate it a 4. It's always hard to say (write) something like that though because I do understand that this is their sound. Rock Lobster is one of the quirkiest songs of all time.
So delightfully kooky! And surprisingly rockin! I really enjoyed this more than I thought, and can't wait to listen to it again when I'm on the way to the beach to get PUMPED (and to get weird).
Genre: New Wave 3/5 Better than your average New Wave venture, the B-52's self-titled album is one great half of music followed by what I would assume are six songs that they also tried on, but effort can't be heard, at least from where I'm standing. A few decent openers, and one mega-hit, Rock Lobster, but this is all The B-52's had to offer at this time. It makes for a semi-decent listen. This genre can sound grating at times, but we were early enough in the process when this album was conceived that this mostly sounds like punk/power pop continuation/progression. There aren't too many ridiculous arrangement choices a la Dexy Midnight Runners, and while it may lack in the experimenation department, this is decent inoffensive pop music. The vocals can be off-putting at times, but the arrangements are pretty straightforward. Much more boring than I was anticipating.
Knew a few of these but was surprised to find that this whole album didn't grab me as much as I had anticipated. Perhaps it's a grower.
This is exactly what I was expecting when I receive the album this morning. I'm not sure if this is good but at the same time, it attends to my expectations. Well, I don't know, maybe my expectations were not good enough.
"Planet Claire" sounds like a Bond song. "Rock Lobster" is honestly not a good song, but it's humor factor and bassline make up for the rest of it. All in all not too bad of an album just early new wave.
All the typical B52 things - weird voice guy, solid vocal gal, quirky lyrics and keyboards - with a bit more punk style vocals than I expected.
This is the debut album from the new wave band The B-52's. The album was received well by critics, and the band quickly gained a fanbase as a result of this and the fun-loving lyrics and mood of their music. The band tried to emulate music from pop icons of earlier decades, but also add a little more funk and danceable beats. While this would seem like an imposter tactic, it paid off for the band because their music was in fact still good enough on its own. Although the music is good, I am not normally a fan of the pop genre, so that skews my opinion on this album.
released in 1979.... sounds before it's time
I wish i was in the studio during the recording of rock lobster. A fun party as an album. Just not a party i would attend again
Better than I expected. I've held onto a longstanding animosity towards this band because Love Shack is one of the most overplayed and annoying songs of the last forty years, but it's fortunately not on here. The one hit single on here that I'm familiar with is Rock Lobster, a song I actually do like. Maybe the band is better than I give them credit - my only real exposure has been Love Shack, Rock Lobster, and Roam, a song that always felt like a particularly weak Blondie track. I also can't say I'm a fan of their kitschy aesthetic, something that always felt like Devo/Talking Heads idiosyncrasy but lacking the level of social commentary and taking a detour to the 50s/early 60s by way of John Waters. And while I like Devo and John Waters and love the Talking Heads, something about what the B-52s were doing always felt a little toothless by comparison. TLDR, I didn't hate it like I expected, but it didn't completely win me over.
New wave rock, lidt for mærkeligt
Bit weird? It was ok I dunno weird
Not really noteworthy
Couple good song. Mostly not great.
I understand the importance of the B-52's but Rock Lobster just doesn't slap in the same way.
Kaksijakoinen levy. Pidin kovasti naislaulajan äänestä ja tyylistä, kun taas mieslaulaja ärsytti suuresti. Levyn soundimaailmassa ja naisvokalistin äänessä oli jotain todella paljon Pintandwefall:sta muistuttavaa. Mukavaa sekoilua, mutta pidemmän päälle vähän raskasta kuunneltavaa. Kakkosen ja kolmosen välimaastossa heilutaan, mutta ehkä kakkoseen tällä kertaa valahtaen.
Not for me. Some funky rhythm.
not for me but fun
I think I would like this more if the vocals weren't so obnoxious and had more dynamics. The sparse arrangements work well but the shouting doesn't
Better than i expected i guess
Who listens to this crap?
I almost like it...
One famous song
Uit m'n geboortejaar en dat is ook meteen het enige goede eraan.
tonally weird. felt like a mishmash of popular sounds from the late 70s early 80s
Vreemd, maar hier is al veel slechter gepasseerd. Dus ik weet niet of dit album toch relatief goed is, of dat de standaarden beginnen te zakken.
Decent enough listen but no emotional trigger points
Kunne være temaet til en dårlig (læs: god) krimi-film. Også, ROCK LOBSTER! 2 stjerner, kun pga. Rock Lobster og Planet Claire.
Over rated band in my opinion
Not for me. I appreciate the energy and some of the rhythms/instrumentals but can’t get into it. The kitschy lyrics and delivery were overplayed and wore on me. 52 Girls is the closest to a highlight Rock Lobster a low.
Good rock vibes, nothing to write home about
Agradable, hay un temazo por ahi: rock lobster. Buen sonido muy fresco new wave
De B52s ken ik van hun flauwe hitjes in de jaren '90. Dit is blijkbaar hun debuut album een behoorlijk aantal jaren eerder. Het begint met filmmuziek en een heel cabareteske zangstem (als in: slecht in zingen, dan maar grappig doen). Daarna zijn er wel aardige uptempo rock nummers, maar het blijft allemaal hangen in de middenmoot. Soms is er wel eens een leuk deuntje, soms is er wel eens mooi gezongen, maar nooit een klap op de spreekwoordelijke vuurpijl. Daarentegen is het ook nooit echt heel erg vals en op de mannelijke zangstem na niet heel tenenkrommend. Gewoon 13-in-een-dozijn muziek wat mij betreft. Hoe kan ik 2.5 sterren geven?
Gelukkig hebben ze later nog wat betere nummers gemaakt. Muziek is wel oké, maar qua zang is het op sommige momenten net of ik Phoebe van Friends hoor zingen 🙉
75. O primeiro quarto tinha novidade e camas confortáveis. No segundo quarto, decadência e madeira velha. No terceiro quarto, ninguém dormia. Quando o quarto se começar a repetir, estamos a ficar sérios. MotA: Planet Claire "She came from Planet Claire, I knew she came from there"
I can tell why The B-52s didn't have more success.
Probably hysterical in 1979.
Awful, but not as awful as I thought it would be.
I started out thinking I was going to like this a lot. Then it went downhill. The songs all sound a like and the droning that I enjoyed for the first couple tracks quickly became grating. The cover of Downtown is particularly odd.
Enjoyed the instrumentals but the vocals and lyrics were very offputting
Pretty shit tbh
Jeden z dziwniejszych pickow ostatnio na liscie, banda z hamerykanskim aten, w georgii, debiutancki eponimowy krazek bandy B-52's z 97, wiec czasy synthowych densowych brzmien, tego sie wlasnie spodziewalem gdy musialem szukac plyty na soulseeku, bo spotifaj nie posiada go w swoim katalogu, choc jest to najpopularniejszy krazek zespolu, ciezko okreslic co to jest za muzyka, z pewnoscia mozna okreslic ja jako cos z nowej fali, brzmieniowo podobne do devo, ale poprzeczka kiczu i absurdu zostala tu jeszcze wyzej zawieszona, moze i nie ma synthowego brzmienia za duzo, ale jesli w wykorzystanych instrumentach pojawiaja sie pozycje takie jak, dzieciece pianino, klawiszowe basy, walkie talkie, czy alarm przeciew pozarowy, wiec juz to daje do myslenia jak bedzie brzmiec to 39 minut, do tego dodac kontent liryczny oparty na retro kiczu, wiec beka z lat 50 i 60 hamerykanskosci, a to wszystko podane przez wokale tak straszne, ze w niektorych momentach uszy prosza o zaprzestanie torturowania, to wlasnie te dwa zenskie wokale najbardziej mi przeszkadzaly podczas odsluchu, bo w niektorych miejsach album potrafi byc zabawny, ale tylko po to zeby zaraz sluchac jejejejej w duzym natezeniu, pomysl na siebie plyta ma, ale slucha sie tego ciezko, moze to muzyka bardziej do zabawy przy dawaniu po kablach na dencingowych florach, ale na sluchawkach brzmi strasznie, nie dodaje nic na plejke, bo sluchane offlajnowo jedynie, ale hajlajtem plyty byl rock lobster, ktory ma w sobie klimat serfingowy i glownym wokalem jest pan Fred Schneider, a panie robia za chorki, wiec tak bardzo nie bola uszy, no i sam pomysl zrobienia surf rockowego kawalka na temat langustowatego zwierza z glebin to kusznt warsztatu lirycznego, a wykorzystanie w tekscie okreslenia jak bikiniowy wielory tylko to potwierdza
Best Song: Hero Worship. No male vocals, and an uninhibited/chaotic/amateurish vocal performance. Worst Song: Planet Claire. Just a goofy start to the album. Overall: The female vocals far outperform the male ones. In a not altogether bad way, it sounds like an alien's conception of what rock music is,
Rock Lobster is fun i guess, but even that is novelty and gets annoying. There's a reason I don't know any of the rest of this.
The vocals can either be unique and eccentric or off-putting and annoying. While I like the sound of the guitars and synths, the songs themselves often go on for too long to keep my interest, even with the unique rhythmic switches that the band implements. Overall, the record feels like one that's more significant for its impact on the New Wave scene over its own quality. BEST TRACKS: Lava, Hero Worship, 6060-842 WORST TRACKS: Rock Lobster, There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon), Downtown
Ja ok det var satme ikke særligt godt. De er bedst tænkt som et one hit wonder
Más o menos
Don't very get it...
The B-52's are fun in small doses, but an entire album of them? Phewf. It's... a lot. Not very pleasant.
J’ai été surpris de découvrir l’année de cet album. Probablement à cause du succès de Love Shack sur l’album Cosmic Thing paru en 1989, je m’attendais à quelques années plus tôt. Ça ne sonne pas du tout comme un album de 1979. La production vieillit bien. Après pour le contenu, c’est intéressant, mais ça vient long par moment. L’album aurait pu être plus court et ça aurait été mieux, mais ce n’était pas la norme à l’époque. J’aime beaucoup la guitare sur cet album et l’énergie qu’on y retrouve. Rock Lobster est la grosse pièce de l’album et vraiment la plus intéressante. Planet Claire est bizarre. Elle est longue à partir, comme si ils la jouaient en show pour ouvrir pendant que les musiciens se mettent en place et qu’il se passe quelque chose visuellement. Sur l’album, c’est long. Pièce préférée: Rock Lobster
C'est pas un disque que je m'asseoirais pour écouter mais c'est sympa comme musique de party mettons. Les tounes sont un peu pas mal répétitives et longue pour rien si tu ne danse pas j'imagine. Charme suranné, influences nostalgique Sur spoty il manque des tounes mais j'ai compris le principe
2. i guess I'm supposed to like them, they're zany and whatnot. But I find them just annoying.
Found think surprising grating.. I’ve always liked the B52s I’ve heard. I didn’t enjoy this!
J’aime le son et le ton humoristique. La production est réussi aussi puisque je n’ai pas l’impression d’écouter un album de 1979. Rock Lobster est très bonne, mais l’album s’étire en longueur.
It was okay
I mean, the B-52's are some fun-loving folks and this is some pretty upbeat music, but this is too much of a good thing to me. Feels repetitive. And Rock Lobster is almost 7 minutes long? I don't need all this.
I don't really enjoy the talk-singing throughout this album
Wat werkt deze muziek me op mijn zenuwen zeg! Dat opgefokte gedoe en geschreeuw de hele tijd. Ik werd er op een gegeven moment echt boos van. Next!
More often than not, when bands attempt to manufacture campy music, the results are painful. Generally, camp has to be arrived at unintentionally to be funny. The opening tune of B-52's eponymous album, Planet Claire, is a case in point. It's anchored by an obvious Peter Gunn riff. To this, Fred Schneider adds unfunny lyrics in a self-consciously goofy voice, and Kate Pierson layers on keyboard lines which are intended to be redolent of 60s outer space epics but aren't clever enough to add much. 52 Girls is at least a little more pleasant, if inconsequential. A decent little rock 'n roll/new wave guitar line chugs along while Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson contribute high pitched charmingly off key melodies on top that periodically diverge or converge. I wouldn't be surprised if the members of Lush nicked their vocal style from this tune, so the B-52's earn some good karma there. Dance This Mess Around is pretty nondescript except for the vocals, which are once again, self-consciously goofy in a way that is designed to be amusing. On Rock Lobster, the B-52's push their approach of merging various strains of 50s and 60s ephemera with self-consciously goofy lyrics and vocal stylings as far as it can go, which resulted in a monster hit. Why? My guess is that the influences were so obvious that audiences felt like they were in on the joke, and it didn't matter that the song sucked. The rest of the album proceeds along the same lines, but the B-52's save the worst for last with a disastrous cover of Downtown, which drains the tune of any charm it might have had. How to rate? This album is a thoroughgoing stinker, but I'll add half a point for influencing Lush, one of the better shoegaze bands of the 90s.
Absolutely hated the first track and bailed hard.
Hoewel ik snap dat dit album belangrijk is geweest als inspiratie voor hun muziek, kom ik maar niet los van ‘the Flintstones’. Het doet mij teveel aan punk denken, de stijl die ik niet trek. Niet voor mij, dit album.
Wat zal ik hier eens over zeggen? Ik moet meteen denken aan die waardeloze Austin Powers film eind jaren '90. De stem van de zangeres klinkt als een mug die rond je hoofd blijft zoemen waardoor je een slapeloze nacht hebt. Not my cup of tea..
New wave, combining rock and dance music. There's bits to like but it's a largely noisy and chaotic sound, perhaps better suited to the time. Quite liked the rockier 'Hero Worship'.
Not for me. Did you know Rock Lobster is 7 minutes long. 7 Minutes
Perhaps this album hasn't aged well and I am being harsh but I was delighted when I got to the end of it.
not a fan of punk
Not a fan. I love new wave, but I guess I've been spoiled by David Byrne's genius. I've never liked "Rock Lobster", and I've never heard anything else by the band. "Planet Claire" is good, but the only track that I actively liked was "Hero Worship" I guess because it sounds like something that would have shown up on Talking Heads '77 but with better production. I will revisit this album from time to time, to see if it'll grow on me. Until then it's just an annoying one-hit (to me) wonder album.
fuck outta here with this shit
Cannot stand the B-52's. Rock Lobster is a total abomination.
That was silly.
J’aime beaucoup les artistes qui ne se prennent pas au sérieux. Par contre, ça ne m’amuse pas longtemps s’il n’y a pas de substance. « There’s a moon in the sky... It’s called the moon... » ... ... vraiment ?
I did not enjoy this. One or 2 decent riffs to be fair but I can't go the lead singers voice.
My instinct was gonna be to pan this. Because that first song "Planet Claire" and jesusf#R#*&^#$ "Rock Lobster" are just straight up awful. I hate that keyboard sound and Fred.... yeah that's a big no from me. But then "52 Girls" is pretty good - the dueling vocals (read: NOT Fred) and punky guitars make for a fun song. I could maybe have gotten behind a full album of that. Maybe. Or maybe it's just that it's the only part of the album that floats above the sewage and kitsch. Because it dunks right back into that, which are what I cannot stand and unfortunately what I remember and think of with this album/band. "Lava" makes me want to drown in it. 2/10 1 star.
It's a no from me.
Impressive, inasmuch as this seems almost precision-engineered to annoy the living fuck out of me