Monday, February 18, 2008

The B-52's - Rock Lobster b/w 52 Girls (original 1978 versions)

These two classic songs were featured on that first, brilliantly fun self-titled LP released by The B-52's in 1979, but these particular recordings are earlier, rawer versions from their first 45 single.

A great little reminder of the band's edgier roots back when 'new wave' was truly new.

The B-52's earliest gigs were in and around Athens, Georgia in 1977.

It was in '78 that the success of that first, independently released single secured them billings at CBGB's and Max's Kansas City in New York, which in turn landed The B-52's their first big record deal.

Listen to:
The B-52's - Rock Lobster
DB 45 (1978)
(click for audio)

Listen to:
The B-52's - 52 Girls
DB 45 (1978)
(click for audio)

- Follow link to YouTube for a set of early B-52's video clips:
7 numbers from a 1978 performance at the Downtown Cafe in Atlanta, Georgia


Devil Dick said...

Fred's mom lived in my old town in NJ and we used to see him boppin' about town from time to time....

There's a small gift 4 u at my lil' blog world....

Tor Hershman said...

You have a most cool blog.

Stay on groovin' safari,

thombeau said...


I used to have a picture-disc 45 with the same songs on it. Wonder whatever happened to that...

fred davis said...

Thanks for this!

lunadude said...

Heh, I ran across a copy of this during my move. I love this 45.

mr.kenneth said...

thank you sooo much for sharing!

forrest said...

Hi. Thanks for the free mp3s. Super rad. I love their early sound and style.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this 2 great songs !


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