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B-52s – Rock Lobster

An evening pause: Performed live 2011.

Hat tip Dan Morris.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • Alex Andrite

    Lets go back to Summertime.

  • pzatchok

    One of their stranger songs.

  • wayne

    Mixed feelings (neutral) on the B-52’s.
    First heard them on college FM radio, and the whole 1950’s-esque Beehive Stuff played sorta well on MTV.

    American Bandstand: Rate a Record
    “It has a really good beat, and you could dance to it…”

  • Jeff Wright

    I hated their sound-they and Marx killed the 80’s. “Camel Walk” by ‘Southern Culture on the Skids” outdid their act.
    The best REM song came from “The Josh Joplin Group” and was called ‘You’re Playing You Now.”
    What do you think of LORD HURON?

  • Heard the band when my oldest sister was in her ‘punk’ phase. I have the eponymous debut album, and like it. Not in a hurry to buy their other work, though.

  • t-dub

    Boys in bikinis
    Girls in surfboards
    Everybody’s rockin’
    Everybody’s frugin’
    Twistin’ ’round the fire, havin’ fun
    Bakin’ potatoes, bakin’ in the sun
    Put on your nose guard
    Put on the lifeguard
    Pass the tanning butter . . . .

    Have fun . . .. it’s summer!

  • Cotour

    The band should have been named the “D- 52’s”.

    Clearly a missed branding opportunity.

  • Mitch S.

    “one of their stranger songs”
    Hmm, think the other songs were plenty strange too.
    The lighter side of Punk.

    Somewhat unexpectedly the career of the bomber is likely to continue beyond that of the band!

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