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Love Shack / Roam
Love Shack / Roam
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
  •  Track Listings (2) - Disc #1

This record shook up the snoozing world of rock in 1979, becoming a truly classic disc, one full of landmark moments and heavy with possibilities. Most "real" rockers in the late '70s tried hard to ignore the Sex Pistols a...  more »


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All Artists: B-52's
Title: Love Shack / Roam
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Release Date: 6/11/1992
Album Type: Single
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 054391943026

This record shook up the snoozing world of rock in 1979, becoming a truly classic disc, one full of landmark moments and heavy with possibilities. Most "real" rockers in the late '70s tried hard to ignore the Sex Pistols and the Clash, claiming the punk tumult was a merely a fad; but fun-loving types couldn't resist the magnificent hooks and grooves of the B-52's debut. They fell into the "new wave" while dancing their tushes off. The magnificent "Rock Lobster" remains unmatched in terms of its relentless, spastic power to move one's feet; ditto "52 Girls," with its nod to '60s trash rock. A Cramps-ish guitar grinds through "Lava," which features his-and-hers innuendo-laden lyrics. "I'm not no limburger!" goes one line from "Dance This Mess Around," but you just never question why. Brilliant. --Lorry Fleming

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Undoubtably one of the msot creative pop albums ever
Zelie Nic | Pittsburgh | 11/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't know if the B-52's thought they'd ever be heard outside of Athens, Georgia. But I'm so glad they were, and even if you don't like them, or think their music is too weird, an artist you do like may have been inspired by them including: John Lennon, who claimed that hearing this album made him want to record music again; and Kurt Cobain, who watched the B-52's on Saturday Night Live and was inspired.

And what was inspiring about the B-52's? They sounded familiar, and yet were unlike any band before them. Like the Cramps, the B-52's were high lords of low culture and were also influenced by 50/60's camp, surf and rockabilly music. The B-52's played toy insturments. They were fun, and they did it all on there own terms... for a while. The guitar, though famliarly surfy, had only four strings which were tuned to some bizarre tuning. And the guitar's rythym was... off the wall. There's a depth to the musicality that might not be apparent to those who are not listening to the music.

I had this tape as a kid and I listened to it so much that it became unlistenable; the tape ruined by so many plays. Check out the ultra-catchy "52 Girls" it's my personal favourite, but it also best incorporates the unique sound that defines these early records."
A genre of one
jcd | 05/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The thing about the B-52s, this album especially, is that though their reference points are obvious and ridiculous--old '50s sci-fi movies, bad high school dances-in-the-gym bands and, generally, a '50s TV sit-com view on the universe--the music they make out of all this junk is somehow absolutely original, brilliant and memorable. Right up there with the most inspired music of its day, from "Horses" to "The Clash." And, of course, total blissed-out dance madness to boot--which you can't really say about "Never Mind the Bollocks"..."
Awesome! Buy it now!
Treadstone71 | Somewhere else | 12/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The B-52's ought to be my favorite band. Their funky, fresh, and unique style of music really attracts a guy like me. This is their debut album, originally released in the summer of 1979. This album, in my opinion, is the most unique and fresh of them all. Their take on New Wave and rock music is very amusing and fun to sing along and dance along to ("Rock Lobster", "Lava", "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)"), while their unique take on pop rock is very funky and enjoyable ("52 Girls"). Some of their later albums were less enjoyable for me and became over-commercialized, but "The B-52's" truly stands out as a significant part of music history. 'Tis a shame their guitarist Ricky Wilson died. His guitar work on these songs were wonderful. Overall, I highly recommend this awesome album!"