The B-52's ‎– The B-52's

Warner Bros. Records ‎– BSK 3355
Vinyl, LP, Album, Los Angeles pressing


A1 Planet Claire 4:35
A2 52 Girls 3:34
A3 Dance This Mess Around 4:36
A4 Rock Lobster 6:49
B1 Lava 4:54
B2 There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) 4:54
B3 Hero Worship 4:07
B4 6060-842 2:48
B5 Downtown 2:57

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Capitol, Los Angeles pressing.

This is the original 1979 pressing with yellow "B-52's" labels. There is no barcode. The other pressings with barcode and alternate Warner Brothers labels can be found at The B-52's - The B-52's, The B-52's - The B-52's and The B-52's - The B-52's.

Also known with a silver "Promotional Not For Sale" stamp on the front cover.

Recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 run out): BSK 1 3355 LW2. 1 ✲ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 run out): BSK 2 3355 LW3. 1 ✲ STERLING

Other Versions (5 of 145) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, RP, WEA) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CD 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records CD 3355 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
MOVLP1420 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl MOVLP1420 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
IMCD 1, 842 444-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 1, 842 444-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
D 400776 The B-52's Play Loud(Cass, Album) Island Records D 400776 Spain 1979 Sell This Version


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March 12, 2019
edited 8 months ago
The first pressing sounds very good (Catalog #: BSK 3355), not sure where my copy was pressed but the mastering is ace. Nice, punchy drums. Thick bass, defined sound. Maximum separation and clarity. Vocal harmonies sound amazing but can lean toward the hot side at times. Raw element to the sound, high energy and gritty. I wonder if the B-52s influenced Pylon, another band who came out of Athens, Georgia around the same time as the 52s or if the 52s were influenced by Pylon. Regardless, the music is very similar in some aspects. You can find a NM copy for cheap, def worth it.


October 20, 2018
I have a doubt finding which pressing of this album I own. It has the yellow "Play loud" label and no barcode on the jacket.
Matrix runnout side A: sterling BSK 1 3355 WW1
Matric runnout side B: sterling BSK 2 99 3355 WW2

In the list, I found records with the same matrix marquings but the label is the white one and all yellow label records I found have other marquings.
Any ideas?



August 25, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
All the vinyl copies I've looked at have 'Play Loud' on the labels (I haven't viewed them all). Why are some of the albums titled 'Play Loud' and some not?


January 27, 2017
edited over 2 years ago

This is the best B-52's album. Very high energy, fun music that created a lot of waves / was at the forefront of New Wave when it first came out. This album in a lot of ways defined New Wave and some songs like 52 Girls are as punk as anybody. Plus, Kate is just so cute.