History Music / TheB52s

14th May '17 7:08:04 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Invoked and PlayedForLaughs in "Mesopotamia". In a 2012 interview Kate Pierson even said that the group actually consulted an encyclopedia during the writing of the song, to ensure that they got everything about Mesopotamia ''wrong''.

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Invoked and PlayedForLaughs in "Mesopotamia". In a 2012 interview Kate Pierson even said that the group actually consulted an encyclopedia during the writing of the song, to ensure that they got everything about Mesopotamia ''wrong''.



*** "Debbie" is about Debbie Harry despite mentioning her "all girl rock band". Whilst Debbie Harry did have an all girl rock band in the pre-Music/{{Blondie}} days, Blondie themselves were predominantly male with her as the only female.

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*** ** "Debbie" is about Debbie Harry despite mentioning her "all girl rock band". Whilst Debbie Harry did have an all girl rock band in the pre-Music/{{Blondie}} days, Blondie themselves were predominantly male with her as the only female.



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* CutSong: The first pressing of ''Whammy'' included a song called "Don't Worry". The band credited the song to Music/YokoOno out of tribute to her song "Don't Worry Kyoko", though it was not a cover. The band did not realise however, that doing this they would have to pay royalties to Yoko. When Yoko's lawyers found out, they demanded so much money in songwriting royalties that the band nearly went broke. They agreed to replace the track with "Moon '83" on later pressings. "Moon '83" is a remix of "There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)" which had previously been released as the BSide of "Legal Tender".
** Yoko was already a fan of the band and remains good friends with them. It has been noted that the real trouble came from not asking her lawyers first, had they done so, it would have been easier to keep it in print.
** Also available on the original vinyl (or cassette) if you can find it second-hand.
*** Interestingly enough it stayed in print in Sweden, and there was never a later pressing - possibly because the band credited the song to themselves the whole time on this pressing.

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* CutSong: The first pressing of ''Whammy'' included a song called "Don't Worry". The band credited the song to Music/YokoOno out of tribute to her song "Don't Worry Kyoko", though it was not a cover. The band did not realise however, that doing this they would have to pay royalties to Yoko. When Yoko's lawyers found out, they demanded so much money in songwriting royalties that the band nearly went broke. They agreed to replace the track with "Moon '83" on later pressings. "Moon '83" is a remix of "There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)" which had previously been released as the BSide of "Legal Tender". \n** Yoko was already a fan of the band and remains good friends with them. It has been noted that the real trouble came from not asking her lawyers first, had they done so, it would have been easier to keep it in print.
** Also available on the original vinyl (or cassette) if you can find it second-hand.
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print. Interestingly enough it stayed in print in Sweden, and there was never a later pressing - possibly because the band credited the song to themselves the whole time on this pressing.



* EarlyBirdCameo: Keith Strickland plays some of the guitar on ''Bouncing Off The Satellites'' in order to finish the songs that the late Ricky Wilson was unable to play on. Keith later became their full guitarist from ''Cosmic Thing'' onwards. This fact is barely mentioned due to the fact that the band have not said much about ''Satellites''.
** Much earlier, he played guitar on the band's first (unrecorded) jam session, "Killer Bees", whilst Ricky played bongos. Keith asked Ricky to play lead guitar for the band because he felt he was more innovative, and Keith also had learned drums.
*** Keith also played some guitar parts on Whammy!, notably the slide parts on Work That Skirt. His presence on that album was not as big due to the band using drum machines on the tracks.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Keith Strickland plays some of the guitar on ''Bouncing Off The Satellites'' in order to finish the songs that the late Ricky Wilson was unable to play on. Keith later became their full guitarist from ''Cosmic Thing'' onwards. This fact is barely mentioned due to the fact that the band have not said much about ''Satellites''.
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''Satellites''. Much earlier, he played guitar on the band's first (unrecorded) jam session, "Killer Bees", whilst Ricky played bongos. Keith asked Ricky to play lead guitar for the band because he felt he was more innovative, and Keith also had learned drums. \n*** Keith also played some guitar parts on Whammy!, notably the slide parts on Work That Skirt. His presence on that album was not as big due to the band using drum machines on the tracks.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Who knew that B-52's had stealth capabilties? Every. Single. One. of their albums have a completely raunchy subtext somewhere, but to date ''none'' of them carry a Parental Advisory label.
** They are careful to never actually swear on record, though they have done so in unreleased demos (Funplex for instance, had "here's your stupid 7-UP" as "[[PrecisionFStrike here's your fucking 7-Up]]" before it was changed for the final version.)
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation'', released in 1998. Also has two new songs exclusive to it: "Debbie" and "Hallucinating Pluto".

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Who knew that B-52's had stealth capabilties? Every. Single. One. of their albums have a completely raunchy subtext somewhere, but to date ''none'' of them carry a Parental Advisory label.
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label. They are careful to never actually swear on record, though they have done so in unreleased demos (Funplex for instance, had "here's your stupid 7-UP" as "[[PrecisionFStrike here's your fucking 7-Up]]" before it was changed for the final version.)
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''Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation'', released in 1998. Also has two new songs exclusive to it: "Debbie" and "Hallucinating Pluto".



*** The band's first was "Dance This Mess Around", released in 1986. It was released to cash in on the death of Ricky Wilson (which the record company thought would end the band), but also to fulfil their Island contract. Though it doesn't contain any exclusive tracks, Rock Lobster was reissued as a single from it, including several collectable picture discs. The included version of Rock Lobster on the single was a new edit.
*** Also, the compilation Planet Claire on the Spectrum label. Released without the band's involvement, it is available with two different cover designs.

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*** ** The band's first was "Dance This Mess Around", released in 1986. It was released to cash in on the death of Ricky Wilson (which the record company thought would end the band), but also to fulfil their Island contract. Though it doesn't contain any exclusive tracks, Rock Lobster was reissued as a single from it, including several collectable picture discs. The included version of Rock Lobster on the single was a new edit.
*** ** Also, the compilation Planet Claire on the Spectrum label. Released without the band's involvement, it is available with two different cover designs.designs.
* HummerDinger: "Hop in my Chrysler / It's as big as a whale / And it's about to set sail!"



* ListSong: "52 Girls" is mostly a list of girl names. The song's lyricist Jeremy Ayers noted that there were never actually 52 Girls in the song, and he just named it as such to fit with the band's name.

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"52 Girls" is mostly a list of girl names. The song's lyricist Jeremy Ayers noted that there were never actually 52 Girls in the song, and he just named it as such to fit with the band's name.
25th Dec '16 2:39:45 PM onionmaster
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* MagnumOpusDissonance: Whilst critics will usually state the s/t or Cosmic Thing as the band's best album, fans almost universally like Wild Planet or Whammy the best.
** Within the band itself. Whilst Fred, Kate, and Keith all like "Wild Planet" best, Cindy likes "Bouncing Off The Satellites" most, owing to the bittersweet qualities of it being her brother Ricky's last album as well as having several of her most popular songs such as "Ain't It A Shame" on the album.


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* WastedSong: "Ain't It A Shame" is routinely cited as the great hit single that never was, and might have been had it not been for the lack of promotion behind "Bouncing Off The Satellites". The song has somewhat been VindicatedByHistory as SineadOConnor covered it, it appeared on "Nude On The Moon" and Cindy has performed it live on solo tours.
1st Dec '16 11:41:54 PM Xtifr
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'''The B-52s''' are a [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] Band out of Athens, Georgia, the same birthplace of Music/{{REM}}. They're most well-known for their quirky SciFi-themed songs and beehive hairdos worn by the female members (hence the name).

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'''The B-52s''' The B-52s are a [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] Band out of Athens, Georgia, the same birthplace of Music/{{REM}}. They're most well-known for their quirky SciFi-themed songs and beehive hairdos worn by the female members (hence the name).
5th Nov '16 6:07:21 PM NWolfman
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* They also performed the original ThemeTune to the '90s cartoon ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.

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* They also performed Performed the original second ThemeTune to the '90s cartoon ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.
4th Aug '16 10:45:23 PM arrgh
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*** This is the premise of the song "Cake", where the whole act of baking a cake is used as a euphemism for sex "don't let it drip down the sides". It's strongly implied that it's lesbian sex as well.

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*** This is the premise of the song "Cake", where the whole act of baking a cake is used as a euphemism for sex "don't let "let it drip right down the sides".sides! who cares?". It's strongly implied that it's lesbian sex as well.
4th Aug '16 10:43:25 PM arrgh
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*** As with Cake "Ca-ee-aake, cake"
24th Jan '16 10:58:20 AM jamespolk
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** "Juliet of the Spirits" is the title of a 1965 film, which also served as the inspiration for the song.

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** "Juliet of the Spirits" "Film/JulietOfTheSpirits" is the title of a 1965 film, which also served as the inspiration for the song.
7th Nov '15 4:12:19 PM Exxolon
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->''Roam if you want to, roam around the world.\\

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->''Roam -->''Roam if you want to, roam around the world.\\
7th Nov '15 4:11:46 PM Exxolon
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* WalkingTheEarth: "Roam" is all about this.
->''Roam if you want to, roam around the world.\\
Roam if you want to, without wings without wheels.''
24th Oct '15 11:29:16 AM nombretomado
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** WordOfGod is that the weird ululating noises the girls make towards the end of "Rock Lobster" are an homage to YokoOno. JohnLennon [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome recognized this when he heard the song]], felt the world was "ready" for him and Yoko's music, and it helped inspire them to return to recording together by 1980.

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** WordOfGod is that the weird ululating noises the girls make towards the end of "Rock Lobster" are an homage to YokoOno. JohnLennon Music/YokoOno. Music/JohnLennon [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome recognized this when he heard the song]], felt the world was "ready" for him and Yoko's music, and it helped inspire them to return to recording together by 1980.
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