Entry: The B-52's: "Dance This Mess Around" 11.10.2006



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It's a sad fact that The B-52's biggest "hit" is the high school dance staple, "Love Shack." I'm not gonna be an arrogantly snobby music scenster and tell you that I don't enjoy the insane catchiness of that cut (come on, I listen to Hanson people.) I just don't think its very representative of the innovative rockabilly, surf, new-wave of their late 70's, early 80's stuff. That stuff will blow your mind, it is incredibly unique, boisterous, and most importantly ORIGINAL. It really bums me out that few people are even aware that The B-52's made music before the 1990's. That's probably because their popularity spiked during that decade due to "Love" Shack, Kate' Pierson's appearance on R.E.M.'s video/song "Shiny Happy People" and their top 40, irritating cliche pop tune known as "Roam."

I don't think this should deter people from appreciating The B-52's earlier work. Nobody can even come close to that singular B-52's sound, which consisted of the following elements: outlandish and eccentric lyrics (ex: "Devil in My Car" is about a car's demon pocession); flaming redhead, Kate Pierson's fierce and quirky vocals that complement Cindy Wilson's spunky vocal contributions; front-man Schneider's effeminate, humorous, spoken word diatribes; and Ricky Wilson's unusual guitar tunings and obvious love of surf rock

"[Ricky Wilson's] style is said to have been heavily influenced by American Surf Group The Ventures, possibly Syd Barrett's "Lucifer Sam" and other Batman-style sixties music."---wikipedia.com.

I hope this article and the 1980 SNL performance of "Dance This Mess Around" will encourage all of you to set aside your cynicism about The B-52's 90's pop sell-out phase and check out their earlier work, specifically the albums, Wild Planet and their self-titled debut. You might just find yourself searching your local thrift stores for a "B-52" a nickname for the bouffant wigs the band's ladie's made part of their signature look.  (also the name of Boeing B-52s, which are eight-engine strategic bombers) I'm thinking of dressing up as Kate Pierson myself next Halloween...she's seriously my rock idol. The woman has some serious pipes, AND she plays the keyboards! Plus, the red-hair doesn't hurt.

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November 24, 2006   01:10 AM PST
 
Couldn't agree more! Even MESOPOTAMIA and WHAMMY! contain some mind blowing cuts. They truly are pioneers of alternative music.

They have a new disc coming out in 2007 and I have a feeling it's going to kick ass!

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