Deadbeat Club

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"Deadbeat Club"
Single by The B-52's
from the album Cosmic Thing
ReleasedJanuary 1990
GenrePop rock, new wave
Songwriter(s)The B-52's
Producer(s)Nile Rodgers
The B-52's singles chronology
"Deadbeat Club"
"Good Stuff"

"Deadbeat Club" is a song by the B-52's. The song is about the band's early days in Athens when they would hang around in cafes drinking coffee. Because they didn't work or do anything, their parents nicknamed them "Deadbeats". Allen's, mentioned in the nostalgic song, was a real-life place in Athens, Georgia. Normaltown is a neighborhood of Athens.

The song was released as the fifth and final single from their 1989 album Cosmic Thing. It peaked at No. 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100, No. 21 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, No. 35 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart and No. 73 on the Australian Singles Chart in 1990. The music video features R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.


Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 73
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 35
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 30


  1. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  2. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1256." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  3. ^ " – The B-52's – Deadbeat Club". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "The B-52s Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.