To Care or Not to Care: B-52's Edition

The B-52’s are shopping for a label to release their first album of new material in 15 years. "There’s more electronica on it," singer Fred Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter. "It’s up-tempo and a bit sexed-up. It’s sexier than ever." I’ve never owned a B-52’s record or CD, but I do have fond memories of them, thanks to my high-school friend Mark, who I’m sure still hits the dance floor anytime "Love Shack" is played (within a 5-mile radius of him). Is this a band we want to hear more from? Or has Amy Winehouse stolen some of their beehive thunder?

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  • dixie

    Am I the only one on the planet who absolutely hated “Love Shack”? You can guess I don’t care about the B-52s.

  • Jay

    The B-52’s were my first musical love and my first concert on Aug. 3, 1990 at the Starplex in Dallas, TX with Ziggy Marley and Melody Makers opening up. As for the new album, I’m more intrigued than excited. I’m not expecting greatness but it’ll be nice to have them back. As played out as “Love Shack” is, I still find it impossible to not dance to it, just one of those songs of which I know every word. But I much prefer some of their older stuff like “Give Me Back My Man” from the “Wild Planet” album and the forgotten funk of “Mesopotamia.” and “Whammy Kiss,” and “Ain’t It A Shame” and “Private Idaho” and “Strobelight”…

  • ny1

    definitely definitely definitely care about the B-52’s. I hope the new album is weird and irreverent and fun.

  • Mario

    Ok.. first, why would you compare Amy Winehouse to the B-52s if not only for the hair style? Their music are nothing alike.
    They have other hits besides Love Shack.. Love Shack was simply their big 90s hit but they have much better stuff from their earlier albums like “rock Lobster” .. in fact, I’m gonna go pull my B52s LPs (yes biznitches, I have the original LPs) and listen to them.

  • Danna

    Yeah! I love the B-52’s – their music is perfect for long drives in the summertime.

  • Mario

    I’m just terrified to hear Fred Schneider use the word Electronica and then say that that’s what the new album sounds like. That was 10 years ago!

  • chasgoose

    The B-52s are awesome! There is so much more to them than Love Shack which came relatively late in their careers. Songs like “Roam” that don’t feature Fred Schneider as much are pretty awesome.

  • Honeybee

    Love Shack came from their most successful album “Bouncing off Sattelites” which was good – but their greatest singles were recorded earlier. Rock Lobster, Songs for a Future Generation and Legal Tender all have places of honor on my IPOD. I’ll give the new stuff a listen.

  • bubba

    Um, why do you write an article questioning whether their music is still relevant or not if you don’t know anything about them other than their biggest hit?
    Is Popwatch filtering down into the lower levels of the typical know-nothing, but have an opinion about everything Blog-o-sphere?

  • matthew

    Actually, Honeybee, “Love Shack” came from the album “Cosmic Thing” (1989) — their last album to feature Cindy Wilson — not “Bouncing Off the Satellites” (1986), which was one of their least successful albums due to lack of promotion after the death of Ricky Wilson.
    I, for one, am VERY excited about the prospect of a new album! Between the ages of 13 and about 20, I used to write detailed letters to their fan club, exchanging questions with the woman who answered letters for them, often asking about her as much as I did about the band. It was great fun, and so was the music.
    I don’t expect a new album to be spectacular after all this time (their two new tracks on their 1998 best-of collection “Time Capsule” were just okay), but I can still have high hopes!

  • GOB

    Actually, Honeybee, Love Shack is from Cosmic Thing, not Bouncing off the Satellites. I think the B-52s are lots of fun, and I’m interested to hear what they’ve been up to. Is the whole band back together? Cindy Wilson sat out the Good Stuff album that came after Cosmic Thing, which was too bad. It wasn’t the same without her.

  • Ep Sato

    I want a hepcat reunion tour something fierce!
    The B-52s also had that cool “rock lobster” song. It’d be interesting to see what they are up to now.

  • claudenorth

    The B-52’s date back to the 1970s, which will surprise many who know them only from their “Love Shack” period. Songs like “52 Girls,” “Give Me Back My Man,” and “Dirty Back Road” played a major role in my adolescent years. I’m not as crazy about their later work, but I am looking forward to hearing their new album.

  • Jake

    This is VERY exciting news. If you want an idea of what the nes B52s sound could be, check out “Supersonic” by Sophie Ellis Bextor. Fred co-wrote it with Sophie for her latest album. If this is what the new B52s album will be like, I’m buying.

  • Janice

    I care!! If my reaction to seeing Fred Schneider in a sushi joint in Atlanta a few years back is any indication – I most certainly care. Bring it on.

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