The B-52's ‎– The B-52's

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Also released in Germany as "Play Loud".
Sometimes also incorrectly referenced as "High Fidelity" due to the joke logo printed on the front cover.

The B-52's is an eponymous New Wave album by Athens, Georgia-based rock band The B-52's. The kitschy lyrics and mood, and the hook-laden harmonies helped establish a fanbase for the band, who would go on to release several chart-topping singles. The album cover was designed by Tony Wright (credited as Sue Ab Surd).

The B-52's peaked at number 59 on the Billboard 200 and "Rock Lobster" peaked at number 56 on the Hot 100. In 2003 the TV network VH1 named The B-52's the 99th greatest album of all time. Shortly before his death, John Lennon said he enjoyed the album. In his 1995 book The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed the album in the #9 spot on the list of '10 Classic Alternative Albums'. In 2003 the album was ranked number 152 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Tracklist

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

Versions (90)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
30 081 4 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, Club) Island Records, Bertelsmann Club 30 081 4 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, Club) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Europe 1979 Sell This Version
BSK-3355 The B-52's The B-52's(12", Album, Mono, Hig) Warner Bros. Records BSK-3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
M8 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(8-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records M8 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
M8 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(8-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records M8 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
ICT 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album) Island Records ICT 9580 UK 1979 Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
M5 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Warner Bros. Records M5 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
14C 062-63015 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records INC. 14C 062-63015 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580*, 200 776 320 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580*, 200 776 320 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
5200 776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 5200 776 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
ILS-81263 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records ILS-81263 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
200 776-I The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 200 776-I Spain 1979 Sell This Version
QBS 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records QBS 3355 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
9123 048 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 9123 048 France 1979 Sell This Version
200776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 200776 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9580 UK 1979 Sell This Version
ML 4360 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records ML 4360 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
89102 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 89102 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
5200 776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records 5200 776 Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 19580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 19580 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580* The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580* UK 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580, PSR 438 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album + 7", Single) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580, PSR 438 UK 1979 Sell This Version
9123 048 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Blu) Island 9123 048 France 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
ILS-81263 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Island Records ILS-81263 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 US 1979 Sell This Version
BSK 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3355 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Island Records ILPS 9580 UK 1979 Sell This Version
GWEA - 5416 The B-52's The B-52's(LP) Gamma (4) GWEA - 5416 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
208792 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 208792 Argentina 1980 Sell This Version
36.159 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 36.159 Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
23(1031)00193 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 23(1031)00193 Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
LWB - 5416 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records LWB - 5416 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
LSI 78023, ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Jugoton, Island Records LSI 78023, ILPS 9580 Yugoslavia 1980 Sell This Version
ILPS 9580*, ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580*, ILPS 9580 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CSWB 5416 Los B-52's* Tocan Fuerte(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records CSWB 5416 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
ORL 19580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 19580 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
20S-70 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RP) Island Records 20S-70 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
ORL 19580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ORL 19580 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
H 200776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records H 200776 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9580 UK 1986 Sell This Version
ILPM 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPM 9580 UK 1986 Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
IMCD 1, 842 444-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Island Masters, Island Records IMCD 1, 842 444-2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
IMCD 1 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Records IMCD 1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
250 776, CID 9580 The B-52's Play Loud(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 250 776, CID 9580 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
PHCR-4857 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE) Island Records PHCR-4857 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
MOFI 1-004 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Num) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MOFI 1-004 US 2011 Sell This Version
MOVLP1420 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, 180) Music On Vinyl MOVLP1420 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
MOVLP1420 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Yel) Music On Vinyl MOVLP1420 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
250 776, CID 9580 The B-52's Play Loud(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 250 776, CID 9580 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
250 776, CID 9580 The B-52's Play Loud(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 250 776, CID 9580 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, Club) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 200 776 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 200 776 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 200 776 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-270 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-270 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
200 776, 200 776-320 The B-52's Play Loud(LP, Album, RP) Island Records, Island Records 200 776, 200 776-320 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CD 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records CD 3355 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CD 3355 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records CD 3355 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CID 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Island Records CID 9580 UK Unknown Sell This Version
7599273972 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 7599273972 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown 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 Europe Unknown 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 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
W2 3355, 3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W2 3355, 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
W2 3355, 775098T The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W2 3355, 775098T Canada Unknown Sell This Version
3355-2 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Album, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records 3355-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
D 110512 The B-52's The B-52's(CD, Club) Warner Bros. Records D 110512 US Unknown Sell This Version
842 444-4, ICM9580 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 842 444-4, ICM9580 France Unknown Sell This Version
ICT 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(Cass, Album, RE, 1+1) Island Records ICT 9580 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580* The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 9580, ILPS 9580* Unknown Sell This Version
H 200776 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records H 200776 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
ILPS 9580 The B-52's The B-52's(LP, Album, RE) Island Records ILPS 9580 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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saxonman1

saxonman1

April 12, 2015
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, ILS-81263
this is a nice original 1979 pressing of the b52s debut lp released in japan shortly after it was released 2 months earlier in the us/uk, anyway this sleeve is rather thin, a bit glossy and comes with a 4 page insert with lyrics in both japanese and english, nice copy of this 1979 classic wich was there best record i felt as it had that new wave vibe to it but it also had a punky edge somewhat........... great memories hearing songs like dance this mess around and 52 girls, it has been a while
minautor

minautor

August 23, 2014
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, 9123 048

heard many times ; but in vinyl it's far better and makes me remember the sound of my childhood... still too soon to say if it will stay in the legend in the future. i doubt it. it's not so revolutionary and poorly emotional; too cold for me, too perfect, too artificial, too much produced....
quandary58

quandary58

September 4, 2013
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, RE, H 200776
HELLO DOES THIS ITEM HAVE THE GOLD STAMP CELEBRATING 25 YEARS WITH THE RECORD COMPANY ISLAND? IT IS LOOCATED ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE FRONT OF COVER!

THANK YOU
ANDY
quandary58

quandary58

September 4, 2013
referencing The B-52's, LP, Album, RE, ILPM 9580
HELLO DOES THIS ITEM HAVE THE GOLD STAMP CELEBRATING 25 YEARS WITH THE RECORD COMPANY ISLAND? IT IS LOOCATED ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE FRONT OF COVER!

THANK YOU
ANDY
vivat

vivat

August 5, 2013
referencing The B-52's, CD, Album, 3355-2
Matrix / Runout: 1 3355-2 SRC+04 / M3S15.
but REAL Matrix from foto (if scan of disc in this release from THIS Release) is 1 3355-2 SRC+05
how it may be?
that for the sake of I started this polemic? simply I want to understand - whether it is worth creating new release if I have a disk with number of a matrix of 1 3355-2 SRC-01 from release with CAT# 3355-2
christianolson

christianolson

December 3, 2007
referencing The B-52's, CD, Album, 3355-2
This album (and I'm almost 40. I'm going to call them albums until I...Well...) Was the very first album I ever bought. Sure, my parents let me buy albums when they went record shopping, but aside from Zappa's APOSTROPHE, those LPs don't count. THIS was the first record I went to the store on my own and bought with my own money. Like a lot of other people, I saw them on SNL, and was amazed. Even at the age of 10, something about their appearance was electric. It was amazing. And this album is the one of the top 3 post-punk new-wave classics of all time.