B-52's Appreciation

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B-52's Appreciation

Post by noisepunk » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:56 pm

When I was three or four I bought a B-52's cassette tape (Brush Fire and Roam) from a yard sale because it was in a tie-dye sleeve and they became my first favorite band. Years later, and I still think they're pretty awesome.

Anyone else a fan?
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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by UlricvonCatalyst » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:13 pm

I L-U-V luv that album. Deadbeat Club and Topaz are great tracks from it too and it speaks volumes that despite having heard Love Shack a gazillion times it still never fails to tickle my fancy.

I'm maybe in the minority in that I prefer that stuff to their earlier Planet Claire/Rock Lobster-era incarnation.

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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by noisepunk » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:20 pm

It's all great stuff- I'd gladly listen to Love Shack over Yellow Submarine (which also doesn't bother me as much as it does other people) any day.

I just bought a copy of Cosmic Thing over the holidays, and a copy of Private Idaho on vinyl a few years prior, but I need to definitely expand my collection.
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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by antisymmetric » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:39 pm

This makes me want to dig and find my early albums of theirs (vinyl- I forget which ones). I have the Time Capsule CD too, it's a pretty good representation of their early and late stuff.
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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by luau » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:40 pm

I like all of it, but the early stuff is incredible. And the dancing... :-*

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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by eggwheat » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:04 pm

Love B52's.. the guy who mixed Love Shack etc just did some mixing on our album..

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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by shadowplay » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:41 am

I love the B52's, well the first four albums anyway. I think Fred Schneider is one of the great frontmen, I mean check this out! I am not very sentimental musically but I must admit to warm and fuzzy feelings towards those albums, they were so different from the dark music I was and am into. I saw them a few times in the early 80's and I can hardly remember it beyond knowing that the gigs were amazing and they put on a show. I am not saying Love Shack is a bad tune or something but it lacks something for me.

One thing worth tracking down is the seven of Rock Lobster/52 girls it's way more lo-fi, not better or worse but different. Ricky Wilson was an awesome guitarist, like check out Give ME Back My Manfor joyous tight surf-funk

Some of my favourites that are (slightly) off the beaten path. I am not setting aside the well quoted Dirty Back Roads etc but these show a different sidehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESAZFiD9rAU

Mesopotamia this is great to dance to.

Song for a Future Generation There's a good drinking game that goes with this i.e " Hi my name's David and I like chilli sauce on almost everything"

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Post by budda12ax7 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:45 am

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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by LanceLink » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:52 am

I've been a fan since 1980 and do play them from time to time... I like it all but still favor the earlier recordings. Same goes for Devo...

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Post by fullerplast » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:29 am

LanceLink wrote:I've been a fan since 1980 and do play them from time to time... I like it all but still favor the earlier recordings. Same goes for Devo...
Same here. I always liked both bands. I like the 52's later stuff as well as the earlier.

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Post by SignoftheDragon » Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:32 am

My first 'real' concert was the B-52s Cosmic Thing tour when I was 13. I've always loved everything from that era and before, but they kinda lost me a few years later with that "Good Stuff" song. I think I also hit a saturation point with the readhead's voice plastered across the airwaves with Iggy Pop, R.E.M. and whatever else she guested on.

I still dig it when a real B-52s song comes up in the shuffle, either on the iPod or the radio; there are a couple local stations here that know what they are doing sometimes.

Private Idaho, Quiche Lorraine, Butter Beans, and so on- I always thought it was amusing that they found such sympathy with the darkie crowds. A bit of sunshine to brighten up our gloomy minds I guess...

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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by Telliot » Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:40 am

LanceLink wrote:I've been a fan since 1980 and do play them from time to time... I like it all but still favor the earlier recordings. Same goes for Devo...
B-52s (especially the early stuff), DEVO and XTC were on constant play, growing up. I still love that stuff!!

I should add King Crimson and Adrian Belew to that list, too...

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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by RuffiansFC » Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:52 am

kate pierson's voice is angelic. wild planet is always in my party record stack.

for a nice b-52s/king crimson tie-in, sara lee, who played bass on cosmic thing, was in the league of gentlemen with robert fripp.

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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by adumb112 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:09 am

most people only know "love shack", but the b52s were super talented and great song writers. big fan and real hard songs to cover!!!

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Re: B-52's Appreciation

Post by Telliot » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:15 am

I think their first album is still my favorite. As many times as I've heard it, I think "Rock Lobster" is a masterpiece.
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