Love Shack

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"Love Shack"
Loveshack.jpg
Cover art for U.S. editions
Single by The B-52's
from the album Cosmic Thing
B-side "Channel Z"
Released June 20, 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop rock,[1] dance-rock[2], new wave
Length 5:21 (album version)
4:16 (single version)
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson
Producer(s) Don Was
The B-52's singles chronology
"Channel Z"
(1989)
"Love Shack"
(1989)
"Roam"
(1989)

"Channel Z"
(1989)
"Love Shack"
(1989)
"Roam"
(1989)
Audio sample
Music video
"Love Shack" on YouTube

"Love Shack" is a 1989 single by new wave band The B-52's, from their album Cosmic Thing. It is considered the band's signature song, and has been a concert staple since its release.

Release[edit]

Released in 1989 from their album Cosmic Thing, the single was the band's biggest hit song and first million-copy seller.[3] It was also the band's first song to reach the Billboard Top 40 charts, peaking at number 3,[4] also reaching number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and was number 1 for eight weeks in Australia, number 1 for 4 weeks in New Zealand, number 1 in the Republic of Ireland and also number 1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The song was a comeback of sorts, following the band's decline in popularity in the mid-1980s and the death of their guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.[5]

Produced by Don Was,[6] the song's inspiration was "a cabin around Athens, Georgia", complete with tin roof, where the band conceived "Rock Lobster", a single from their first album; it is often said to have been located off "the Atlanta Highway", as the first verse implies. B-52's singer Kate Pierson lived in the cabin in the 1970s, and the cabin existed until 2004 when it burned down.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Adam Bernstein and shot at the home and studio of ceramic artists Philip Maberry and Scott Walker in Highland, New York.[7][8] It is also the first time drag queen RuPaul had ever appeared in any type of media before his own turn as a singer and model only a few years later.

Awards and rankings[edit]

The song received a number of accolades following its release. Named as one of the 365 Songs of the Century in 2001,[9] the video for the song received an award from MTV as the Best Group Video, and was named the Best Single of 1989 by Rolling Stone.[3] Additionally, it was ranked #246 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[10]

Track listing[edit]

The single release contained various tracks depending on the country it was released in. Some countries, including the United States, had singles backed with "Channel Z", while other releases included a live version of "Rock Lobster" as the B-side.[11] A reissue single in the U.S. paired it with the follow-up single "Roam", which had also reached number 3. In 1998 and 1999, the single was released again with a number of remixes, including one by DJ Tonka, but the re-release did not chart in the United States, although it did enter the United Kingdom charts.[12]

UK single[edit]

  1. "Love Shack" (Single Version) — 4:20
  2. "Love Shack" (LP Version) — 5:21

US 12" single / CD maxi-single[edit]

  1. "Love Shack" (12" Remix) — 8:00
  2. "Love Shack" (Remix/Edit) — 4:07
  3. "Channel Z" (12" Rock Mix) — 6:24
  4. "Love Shack" (12" Mix) — 6:10
  5. "Love Shack" (A Capella) — 3:56
  6. "Love Shack" (Big Radio Mix) — 5:31

Chart performance[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Love Shack" was played in the third-season finale of Full House, where Stephanie danced to the song at the "We Love Our Children" telethon.[32]
  • The Simpsons parodied the song in the 1999 episode "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" with a song titled "Glove Slap" over a montage of Homer challenging Springfield residents to a duel with gloves, as well as the end credits. This parody was also sung by the B-52's.
  • The song is heard in the 1991 film Frankie and Johnny, when Johnny (Al Pacino) interrupts Frankie's (Michelle Pfeiffer) bowling league, vying for her affections, to her dismay.
  • The song was used as a lip-sync song in the 2nd episode of the 9th season of the show RuPaul's Drag Race which the B-52's were also guests on.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilkerson Daily Corporation, ed. (1990). The Hollywood Reporter, Volume 315, N° 1 to 17. 
  2. ^ "The B-52s". B-52s. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.  "From groundbreaking songs like "Rock Lobster," ... to chart-topping hits like "Love Shack" ... the B-52s' unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins."
  3. ^ a b David Mansour, From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. Andrews McNeel Publishing, 2005.
  4. ^ a b "B-52's 'Love Shack' burns down". The Associated Press. Today.com. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Richie Unterberger, Samb Hicks, Jennifer Dempsey. Music USA: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides, 1989.
  6. ^ Fred Bronson. Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits. Watson-Guptill, 2003.
  7. ^ "Emmy Nominated Director's Strange Trip: From Sir-Mix-a-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' to 'Fargo'". TheWrap.com. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "HOUSE PROUD; Thrill Rides on the Color Wheel". The New York Times. 1 May 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
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  10. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The B-52s Unofficial Discography: Love Shack". Theb52s.de. Archived from the original on 1 November 2005. Retrieved 24 January 2007. 
  12. ^ "The B-52s Unofficial Discography: Love Shack 99". Theb52s.de. Archived from the original on 14 September 2000. Retrieved 24 January 2007. 
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  17. ^ "Retail Sales - Volume 51, No. 7, December 16, 1989". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 7, December 16, 1989". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
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  25. ^ a b c d "Cosmic Thing awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  26. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.6684&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062
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  28. ^ "End of Year Charts 1990". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Billboard. The Longbored Surfer. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  30. ^ "1990 Top 100 Singles". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 2 March 1991. p. 41. 
  31. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140814052832/http://www.australian-charts.com/bestall.asp?page=4. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  32. ^ "Stephanie's dance to Love Shack Baby". YouTube. April 29, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 

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