Editors’ Notes Long before “Love Shack” came this alien transmission, a debut that melded punk energy to campy, girl-group pop in order to form what we now call New Wave. Anchored by the perennially fun—and equally strange—“Rock Lobster,” The B-52’s set the bar high, taking on kitsch culture with an almost avant-garde eye, delving into old dance crazes like the Mashed Potato as though it were high art—which of course the band thought it was.

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Planet Claire
1
4:36
 
52 Girls
2
3:35
 
Dance This Mess Around
3
4:36
 
Rock Lobster
4
6:52
 
Lava
5
4:55
 
There's a Moon In the Sky (Called the Moon)
6
4:57
 
Hero Worship
7
4:08
 
6060-842
8
2:52
 
Downtown
9
2:59
 

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