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The B-52's

Posted: 17 Apr 2015, 16:01
by TripleJay97
Pitchfork just posted this! Sounds incredible.

http://pitchfork.com/news/59295-the-b-5 ... ive-album/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The B-52's are one of those bands that just don't get enough credit these days. Whenever they get mentioned, it's always "OOOOH LUV SHEK" despite the fact they released three or four solid albums before that.

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 17 Apr 2015, 16:32
by KingLouieLouie76
Very underrated..... "Rock Lobster" inspired several others to follow their path... Just dreadful though that they're only regarded for their most commercial sounding mid-late 80s drivel!

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 17 Apr 2015, 16:38
by TripleJay97
I read somewhere that Rock Lobster persuaded John Lennon to come out of retirement!

And yeah, I know. They had one of the finest guitarists ever. It's a real shame he didn't last long :(

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 17 Apr 2015, 16:43
by KingLouieLouie76
TripleJay97 wrote:I read somewhere that Rock Lobster persuaded John Lennon to come out of retirement!

And yeah, I know. They had one of the finest guitarists ever. It's a real shame he didn't last long :(

You're right regarding John....it was because he believed that Kate Pierson was highly influenced by Yoko and that would allow Yoko to transition herself out there as an "artist" of her own right.... That inspired "Walking On Thin Ice", which John was clutching onto the master tape the moment that he got murdered.

Yes, Ricky Wilson was a brilliant guitarist...he had so much more to offer!

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 17 Apr 2015, 16:46
by TripleJay97
After listening to that live performance again, I feel the need to revisit their second album. I never gave it as much time as I did with s/t, even though it was just as good IMO.

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 17 Apr 2015, 17:19
by KingLouieLouie76
TripleJay97 wrote:After listening to that live performance again, I feel the need to revisit their second album. I never gave it as much time as I did with s/t, even though it was just as good IMO.

Yeah, I haven't listened to them in quite some time.....Just too bad they became too mainstream later on though....

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 20 Jan 2018, 16:01
by KingLouieLouie76
I've been watching their earlier concerts on youtube lately and yes guitarist, Ricky Wilson, made such a distinct difference in their earlier sound. Unfortunately he passed due to AIDS in 1985 and the band never had that edge/energy ever again. Cindy Wilson (Ricky's sister) and Kate Pierson were so remarkable and Fred Schneider (on lead vocals) blended so perfectly well.

No telling how much more prominent they would have been if Ricky was still alive. He really set the tone early on...his guitar styling was something special!

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 21 Jan 2018, 05:15
by metalhipslop
The b-52s are one of the greatest bands of all time. I am 23. and their first album was the FIRST album I have heard. my mom would always play their debut as she cleaned the house as I was a child along with Blondie. when I got into my teens I grabbed the cd and played the shit out of it with my brother.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl_EEpRfrkk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

give me back my man is one of my favourites !

I totally agree they are way too underappreciated. Their debut is flawless. Every song is gold

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 21 Jan 2018, 05:27
by metalhipslop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fnXpuCJldI" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

this is a great one.

Re: The B-52's

Posted: 21 Jan 2018, 15:53
by KingLouieLouie76
Oh...I definitely agree w/you regarding their debut, but their 2nd album "Wild Planet" is just as good! "Give Me Back My Man" (which you so perfectly included in your first post is from that album) and another fave of mine is "Private Idaho" (from that same concert) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKCGilFFFPk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

To reiterate, Ricky Wilson on guitar stole the show... He was so unique and gave them that certain something that the coudn't replicate after his death, even though he passed before they recorded "Love Shack".... however, that song to me is so inferior to their first two albums!