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Forty years of 'Rock Lobster'

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Forty years of 'Rock Lobster'

Postby q89747 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:50 pm

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Re: Forty years of 'Rock Lobster'

Postby bpdp3 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:42 pm

I really don't like it when people say "you had to be there"... but if you're discovering the b52s post 'love shack', it might be hard to appreciate how awesomely strange they were at the time of their debut.

In fact, I'd say that debut album (and songs like rock lobster) is the quintessential example of new wave. The cover of that debut perfectly reflects the kitsch, the bizarreness, the thrill of what was early new wave.

I heard an interview with James Murphy of LCD sound system where he said that the guitar in rock lobster could beat up any other guitar. I TOTALLY agree.. that guitar is downright menacing. Brilliant song!

Thanks for sharing the article (and I remember Lennon mentioning the 52s in his interviews for double fantasy...!)
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Re: Forty years of 'Rock Lobster'

Postby q89747 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:40 am

Agreed. They get (somewhat understandably) dismissed as a novelty act. But the first LP is one of my faves of all time. There's another thread from years ago on the NWO about the 'Mount Rushmore' of NW guitarists; one of my votes is Ricky Wilson.
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Re: Forty years of 'Rock Lobster'

Postby bpdp3 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:35 am



...not a huge exaggeration to say I'd give my left arm to go to this show!
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