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The B-52's
Studio album by The B-52's
Released July 6, 1979 (1979-07-06)
Recorded Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, 1979
Genre New Wave
Length 39:14
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Chris Blackwell
Professional reviews
The B-52's chronology
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The B-52's is an eponymous New Wave album by Athens, Georgia-based rock band The B-52's. The kitschy lyrics and mood, and the hook-laden harmonies helped establish a fanbase for the band, who would go on to release several chart-topping singles. Because the words "Play Loud" and "High Fidelity" appear on the original LP, this album is sometimes erroneously referred to by either of those phrases as the album's title.

The B-52's peaked at number 59 on the Billboard 200 and "Rock Lobster" peaked at number 56 on the Hot 100.

In 2003 the TV network VH1 named The B-52's the 99th greatest album of all time.[1] Shortly before his death, John Lennon said he enjoyed the album.[2] In his 1995 book, "The Alternative Music Almanac", Alan Cross placed the album in the #9 spot 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.

The album cover was designed by "Sue Absurd" (aka Tony Wright), who also worked with musicians such as Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Traffic.


Track listing

Side one

  1. "Planet Claire" (Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland) – 4:35
  2. "52 Girls" (Joe Ayers, Ricky Wilson) – 3:34
  3. "Dance This Mess Around" (Kate Pierson, Schneider, Strickland, Cindy Wilson, R. Wilson) – 4:36
  4. "Rock Lobster" (Schneider, R. Wilson) – 6:49

Side two

  1. "Lava" (Pierson, Schneider, Strickland, C. Wilson, R. Wilson) – 4:54
  2. "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)" (Pierson, Schneider, Strickland, C. Wilson, R. Wilson) – 4:54
  3. "Hero Worship" (Robert Waldrop, R. Wilson) – 4:07
  4. "6060-842" (Pierson, Schneider, Strickland, R. Wilson) – 2:48
  5. "Downtown" (Tony Hatch) – 2:57


Chart performance

Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 59
UK Albums Chart 22


Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold November 11, 1980
RIAA – U.S. Platinum May 13, 1986


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