Released: 5th July 2019
One of the most outright bizarre albums to sell over a million copies. Every home should have one.
This quintet of mostly gay, party-loving, college-town dropouts had plenty of time in Athens, Georgia to put together weird party outfits and draw from Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies during jam sessions. They absorbed the lean styles of punk and post-punk—a music of provocation, antagonism, anger—and subverted it with color, American postwar iconography, and a gleeful refusal to be anything but who they were. Drawing on the cinematic soundtracks of Morricone and Mancini and the experimentation of Yoko Ono and Captain Beefheart, their 1979 debut, The B-52’s, is a 39-minute transmission from the past, present, and future.