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Monday, November 08, 2004

THERE'S A MOON IN THE SKY, AND IT'S CALLED THE MOON

In 1979 the B 52's unleashed their self titled debut, and the world forgot it's woes, however briefly, and danced again. An undeniable record, produced by Chris Blackwell, The B-52's is chock full of great grooves and good times. It proves without a doubt that simple can be better. 'Planet Claire', '52 Girls', 'Dance This Mess Around', 'Rock Lobster', and 'Lava' comprise the first side, and I can't think of a better album side to stop thinking and start dancing to. The vocal harmonies, a la Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, are beyond reproach, and Fred Schneider...well we all love a loud queen now don't we. The late Ricky Wilson, whom we lost in 1985, brought surf sensibilities into punk rock guitar. Think Dick Dale on Thorazine. The B-52's is a great album by any standards, and probably their best offering.

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