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YMMV: The B-52s
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "Love Shack".
    • "Rock Lobster" deserves a mention as well, but it didn't get nearly as much airplay.
  • Ear Worm: Their entire discography is this. No exceptions.
  • Epic Riff: "Rock Lobster", "Private Idaho", "Hallucinating Pluto", "Pump", and "Lava" are the best examples.
  • Epileptic Trees: There are a ton circulating around the Throw It In line "You're what?!/Tin roof...rusted" from "Love Shack." The prevailing theory (as pointed out by Pop Up Video) is that it's some obscure slang for "pregnant".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The shack that inspired the song "Love Shack" burned down in 2000.
  • Periphery Demographic: Kate once said that their songs were popular with toddlers.
  • Signature Song: Both "Rock Lobster" and "Love Shack". They have played both at every show since they were introduced and the success of them was enough to sustain their entire career.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Although the band members did smoke marijuana in the early days (in one instance, leading to the writing of Quiche Lorraine), for many years their strongest vice has been alcohol, and they have never used psychedelics. The crazy ideas they come up with are inspired by weird movies and the band's sense of humor.
    • Alcohol is actually what led to the band forming, after they shared a large cocktail (Flaming Volcano) at a Chinese Restaurant and went to a mutual friend's house and started jamming on his music equipment, creating a song called "Killer Bees" (never recorded). They've written about alcohol in Deadbeat Club (99c Beer), Deviant Ingredient (Martini) and Is That You Mo-Dean? (Wine).

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