“The B-52’s” debut album

“The B-52’s” is the debut album by the new wave band the B-52’s. The album cover was designed by Tony Wright (credited as Sue Ab Surd).
Released: July 6, 1979

79 07 B-52's 1979 album ad

“Planet Claire”
“52 Girls”
“Dance This Mess Around”

“Rock Lobster”
“Lava”
“There’s a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)”
“Hero Worship”
“6060-842”
“Downtown” (Petula Clark cover)

An impoverished two-girl, three-guy quintet from Athens, Georgia, the B-52’s could barely afford their own instruments…

79 07 B-52's 1979 Take Cover album ad

“The B-52’s” peaked at number 59 on the Billboard 200, while “Rock Lobster” reached number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.

B-52's Ban Notice 1979

Music critic Robert Christgau awarded the album rating an “A,” commenting that he is
“more delighted with their rhythms, which show off their Georgia roots by adapting the innovations of early funk (a decade late, just like the Stones and Chicago blues) to an endlessly danceable force beat format.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 152 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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