The B-52's (album)

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The B-52's
The B-52's cover.jpg
Cover art by Tony Wright
Studio album by The B-52's
Released July 6, 1979
Recorded 1978–1979 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre
Length 39:14
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Chris Blackwell
The B-52's chronology
The B-52's
(1979)
Wild Planet
(1980)
Singles from The B-52's
  1. "Rock Lobster"
    Released: April 1978
  2. "Planet Claire"
    Released: July 6, 1979
  3. "Dance This Mess Around"
    Released: 1979

The B-52's is the eponymous debut album by the Athens, Georgia-based new wave band The B-52's. The kitschy lyrics and mood, and the hook-laden harmonies helped establish a fanbase for the band, who went on to release several chart-topping singles. The album cover was designed by Tony Wright (credited as Sue Ab Surd).

The B-52's peaked at number 59 on the Billboard 200,[3] and "Rock Lobster" reached number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] In 2003, the television network VH1 named The B-52's the 99th greatest album of all time. Shortly before his death, John Lennon said he enjoyed the album.[5] In his 1995 book, The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed the album ninth on the list of 10 Classic Alternative Albums. In 2003, the album was ranked number 152 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record Guide A[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[10]
Select 4/5[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[12]
Smash Hits 5/10[13]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 10/10[14]

Critical reception for The B-52's was generally favorable; critics praised the album's kitschy lyrics and party atmosphere.[1][15] The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The B-52's, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Planet Claire"   Henry Mancini,[17] Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland Schneider, Pierson 4:35
2. "52 Girls"   Jeremy Ayers, Ricky Wilson Pierson, Wilson 3:34
3. "Dance This Mess Around"     Schneider, C. Wilson 4:36
4. "Rock Lobster"   Schneider, R. Wilson Pierson, Schneider, C. Wilson 6:49
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Lava"     Pierson, Schneider, C. Wilson 4:54
2. "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)"     Pierson, Schneider, C. Wilson 4:54
3. "Hero Worship"   Robert Waldrop, R. Wilson C. Wilson 4:07
4. "6060-842"   Pierson, Schneider, Strickland, R. Wilson Pierson, Schneider, C. Wilson 2:48
5. "Downtown" (Petula Clark cover, 1964) Tony Hatch Pierson, C. Wilson 2:57
Total length:
39:14

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Chris Blackwell - Producer
  • Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound - Mastering

Charts and certifications[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The B-52's – The B-52's". AllMusic. Retrieved March 22, 2004. 
  2. ^ "The Definitive Guide to Dance-Rock". Spin. 21 (10). October 2005. 
  3. ^ a b The B-52's > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 October 2004.
  4. ^ a b c The B-52's > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 October 2004.
  5. ^ imdb.com
  6. ^ Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) [2005]. "152 | The B-52's - The B-52's". Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. ISBN 1-932958-61-4. OCLC 70672814. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 8 Aug 2011. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 3, 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 13, 2012.  Relevant portion posted with a new rating at "The B-52's: The B-52's > Consumer Guide Album". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved March 31, 2006. 
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  9. ^ Blashill, Pat (October 16, 2003). "The B-52's: The B-52's". Rolling Stone (933). Archived from the original on June 2, 2007. Retrieved March 22, 2004. 
  10. ^ Considine, J.D. (2004). "The B-52's". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 67–68. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  11. ^ Cavanagh, David (July 1990). "Flip Your Wig". Select (1): 121. 
  12. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (October 11, 2003). "The B-52's: The B-52's". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ Starr, Red (August 9–22, 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 25. 
  14. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-67975574-8. 
  15. ^ Carson, Tom (September 20, 1979). "The B-52's: The B-52's Music Reviews". Rolling Stone (300). Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2009. 
  16. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 
  17. ^ Mancini is credited as a co-author of "Planet Claire" on reissues of the album due to the song's use of the bass line from Mancini's "Peter Gunn."
  18. ^ "Sale 40 - Lot 489: Australian Record Industry Association Award For The B-52's". Australian Recording Industry Association. Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles. 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  19. ^ "American album certifications – The B-52's". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH