Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Class of 1979: The B-52s

Forming the soundtrack for the Class of 1979, I LOVE The B-52's first, self-titled debut album. Always have, always will.

Recorded at Blackwell's Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas and released on July 6th 1979, the album contained six originals tracks along with a remake of the Petula Clarks "Downtown". It was a major success for the band, especially in Australia where it reached number three on the charts.

Purchased first by my elder brother, I won't go into details how I was reminded about the wonders of "Planet Claire", suffice as to say it was used in a film I shouldn't really have been watching at that age / time.

In 1979 The B-52's signed contracts with Warner Bros. Records for North America, South America, Australia, and New Zealand; and with Island Records for the UK, Europe, and Asia. Chris Blackwell, founder of Island, produced their debut studio album.

In the United States, the single "Rock Lobster" reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while the album itself was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

By saying LP rather than CD, dopes this make me sound old?

Thanks to Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland and the late Ricky Wilson for the greatness that was / is, The B-52s.

The Class of 1979