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The B-52'sThe B-52's

Label:Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3355
Vinyl, LP, Album, Los Angeles Pressing
Style:New Wave


A1Planet Claire4:35
A252 Girls3:34
A3Dance This Mess Around4:36
A4Rock Lobster6:49
B2There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)4:54
B3Hero Worship4:07

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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

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Pressing Plant ID (Runouts): LW
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 1): BSK 1 3355 LW2. 1 ✲ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 1): BSK 2 3355 LW3. 1 ✲ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 2): BSK 1 3355 LW2. 1 ✲ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 2): BSK 2 3355 LW4. ✲ STERLING

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The B-52's (LP, Album)Island Records, Island RecordsILPS 9580, ILPS 9580*UK1979
The B-52's (LP, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsQBS 3355Canada1979
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The B-52's (Cassette, Album)Warner Bros. RecordsM5 3355US1979
The B-52's (LP, Album)Island Records9123 048France1979
The B-52's (LP, Album, Stereo)Island Records200776Netherlands1979


ktnrecs's avatar
I have one, US pressing, no barcode, standard WB label with colored logo, but the main difference is the inner sleeve in B/W. Matrix etchings: A: BSK-1-3355 WW3#4 --< B: BSK 2 99 (strickethrough) 3355 WW2#5 --< STERLING.
Djcole10's avatar
Edited 2 years ago
Found this in a trash can in perfect condition. person must have died lol. this is a classic.
but the label is just regular Warner Brothers not the yellow in the pictures.
MEllODrOnE's avatar
Edited 3 years 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.
mogwaifearsatan's avatar
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?

Bradx's avatar
Edited 3 years 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?
MrAAD's avatar
Edited 5 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.