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B52s - Best American Band ? - possibly.

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by EddieLocrian, Sep 2, 2020.

  1. EddieLocrian

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    Hi,

    Given the 'understanding' that America produces the best Vocalists whereas the UK produced (historically) the best Bands - (roll with me here) - I recently re-discovered the B52s and Man I'm quite blown away by how good / fresh / talented / and cool the B52s are.

    I've got some examples here and what I'm seeing is a mass of energy that they can reproduce live.
    The vocals have otherness that makes them standout and (I didn't realise this when I was 17) but musically they can play and Rock.

    Private Idaho - chords of E-major, G-major & A-major (whats that exactly) plus the pre-chorus keys riff of E-minor.





    Planet Claire - and they do this without a Bass player (at the time) and with passion and fun.






    Give me back my Man - this shows me they are comfortable being quirky and cool - and with the lyrics as well. and look at the chords dude - A Am D Dm C E Em F & G - who does that nowadays?






    Rock Lobster - inventive - live official video. The guitar is groovy and is almost totally clean tone.
    They also didn't rely on reverb...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4QSYx4wVQg


    So I'm thinking they have all the right stuff for a live Band but it seems they are not in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. Whats with that?

    Well John Lennon thought they were special:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dym-gW52TRo


    Anyhow I rediscovered something way better than my teenage self realised at the time.
    I'm not knowledgeable re American Bands - but the B52s seem to be the real thing and I'm thinking have they been totally overlooked. Are they actually one of the best?

    Ok - Eddie.



    PS - one for the road.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXy0XnzTQuc

    and I didn't even post Love Shack.

    Check out these guitar tunings for various B52 songs: X= no string at all.

    Srobe Light: DADXBB
    Rock Lobster: CFXXFF
    52 Girls: EADXBB
    Private Idaho: EBDXBB
    Party Out of Bounds: BADXG#C#
    Dance This Mess Around: CFXXFF
     
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    Even after slightly over 40 years, Private Idaho still cracks me up!

    I did see them in 1982. They played well, that's for sure!
     
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    I saw them very early on live at the U.C. student center and they were rockin' and rollin' fun time.



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    Los Lobos are the best American band.

    B-52's are unreservedly great, though.
     
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    love everything theyve done except for love shack...while it did take them to the next level in fans and got them a hit...i cringe when the b52s are mentioned and people say...i love the song love shack...i just want to scream...take your top forty listening ears away from me!...other than rock lobster (shocking if they knew that) they prolly couldnt name any other songs by them


    and there is no best...thats subjective to every person alive
     
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    Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson cite Yoko Ono as an influence.
     
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    If the 52's don't make you wanna dance, better check your pulse. They were great live, too, always sounded like sweat and stale beer.:D
     
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    B52's, REM, Love Tractor - great bands from Athens GA

    Los Lobos, Little Feat - great American bands
     
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    You mean, like, for sunglasses?
     
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    I liked the B-52s. Loved them with Ricky, especially.

    Best American band ever?

    That's just silly. And entirely unnecessary.
     
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    For vocal stylings and songwriting.
     
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    Best American band ever?

    Eagles, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, The E Street Band, Heartbreakers, The Band, REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
     
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    I saw the original band at the Armadillo World Headquarters, circa 78-79.
    I went on the recommendation of my then girlfriend, and future ex-wife.
    I was pretty much a guitar nerd at the time (some things never change), so I wasn’t expecting to be bowled over.
    They were great!
    Their were fun, light and very entertaining.
    I remain a fan, eons later!
     
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    I listened to a lot of "college rock" back in the early '80s and The B-52's were pretty much standard fare. A lot of these bands were inventive and I loved the contrast to what was being played on corporate radio at the time. People laughed at bands like B-52s and The Violent Femmes because of their weirdness but once they started getting a little bit of airplay or getting played in dance clubs, they became more accepted.
     
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  18. EddieLocrian

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    Right, thanks for naming some more for me. Funny over here in the UK (for my age) I'm picking up on REM as awesome, the others are just a bit before my time and never really had the impact on my school mates as per B52s & Blondie for example. (Actually Blondie are another overlooked American band that were Big in the UK).

    Also - sorry for saying 'best' - I get that's subjective - (I'm quite subjective so I figure its Ok).
     
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    I was fortunate to see the B52’s from the beginning. The first time I heard Rock Lobster, it was over the PA between acts at Rose’s Cantina/688 on Spring Street in Atlanta. It reminded us of the theme from The Munsters! I got to see them many times. Most memorable club date was a Brains/B52’s/Ramones show. I didn’t know how good I had it.
     
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    Underrated due to their being comical and tongue-in-cheek. This is good stuff.

     
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