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Rock Lobster

  • Rock
  • Dance
  • Pop
  • Space
  • New Wave
song from
  • 2012
  • 1978
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1989

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This article is about the song; for the animal, see Southern rock lobster. “Rock Lobster” is The B-52’s’ first single, released in 1978 and in a longer version placed on the band’s self-titled debut album, The B-52’s, one year later. It has become one of their signature tunes, and it helped launch the band’s success. “Rock Lobster” was the band’s first single to appear on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song is mainly instrumental; some instruments used include a twangy, baritone surf-style electric guitar (a Mosrite), a Farfisa or Vox organ, and drums. Unlike most pop and rock songs, no bass guitar was present. Instead, Kate Pierson played the bass line on keyboards. The album version of “Rock Lobster” (released in 1979) clocks in at about seven minutes and... Read on...

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This song is listed #146 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Most votes come from Spain, Greece, United States, Peru, Germany, France, Norway, Canada, Czech Republic, and Sweden.


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