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Monday, 6 July 2015

S4L Presents: The Best Debut Albums #17 - The B-52's

The B-52's
Released 6th July 1979
Island (UK)
Warner Bros (USA)
Produced by Chris Blackwell
UK Chart #22
US Chart #59

Singles and B-Sides 
(Released in various Countries)
Rock Lobster / 52 Girls (DB Records) / 6060-842 (Warner Bros.) / Runnin' Around (Island).

52 Girls / 6060-842 (Germany and The Netherlands).

The Debut Single version of Rock Lobster that was released on DB Records in 1978 was a wee bit different to the version they released in 1979 for Island/Warner Bros. and 52 Girls on the B-Side was performed in a different key from the album version.

I still have a lot of love for this album. It's quirky in the extreme, humorous. kitchy, colourful and laid the foundations for a band who throughout their career have released fantastic danceable tunes. They may not have been embraced by one and all but when I first heard Planet Claire (the single was released on the same day as the album) at my local record shop I knew that this was a band I was going to like a whole lot. 

The Debut Album Live 
(From Various Shows through the years)
Planet Claire (New York 2011).
52 Girls (New Jersey 1980).
Dance This Mess Around (Rock In Rio 1985).
Rock Lobster (Wild With The Crowd DVD).
Lava (Athens, GA 1978)
Hero Worship (Atlanta, GA 1978)
6060-842 (Buenos Aries 2013)
Downtown (Corcoran College or Art and Design 1978 or 1979)

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