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Encyclopedia > Rock lobster
"Rock Lobster"
"Rock Lobster" cover
Single by The B-52's
from the album The B-52's
B-side "52 Girls"
Released 1978
Format 7" single
Recorded 1978
Genre Rock/New wave
Length 4:54 (single version)
6:52 (album version)
Label Boo-Fant Records
Writer Fred Schneider and Ricky Wilson
Producer Chris Blackwell
The B-52's singles chronology
"Rock Lobster"
(1978)
"Rock Lobster (album version)"
(1979)

"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. Image File history File linksMetadata Tbftrls. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The B-52s are a New Wave rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, an important center of alternative rock. ... The B-52s is an eponymous New Wave album by Athens, Georgia-based rock band The B-52s. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... New Wave was a pop and rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... DB Records is a record label owned by Danny Beard. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Fred Schneider, solo album, 1996. ... Ricky Wilson (Ricky Helton Wilson, March 19, 1953 - October 12, 1985) was the guitarist in the rock band The B-52s. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The B-52s are a New Wave rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, an important center of alternative rock. ... The B-52s are a New Wave rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, an important center of alternative rock. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The B-52s is an eponymous New Wave album by Athens, Georgia-based rock band The B-52s. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture. ... An electric guitar An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... Mosrite was an American guitar manufacturing company, based in Bakersfield, California, from the late 1950s to the mid 1990s Founded by Semie Moseley, Mosrite guitars were played by many rock and roll and country artists such as Kurt Cobain, Joe Maphis, Larry Collins, Buck Trent, The Ventures, the MC5, Arthur... Farfisa is a brand name for a series of electronic organs and later multitimbral keyboards, made in Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. ... Vox is a musical equipment manufacturer formerly based in Britain, and now owned by Japanese electronics giants Korg, which is most famous for making the AC30 guitar amplifier and the Vox organ. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Kate Pierson in the R.E.M. music video Shiny Happy People Kate Pierson (born 27 April 1948, in Weehawken, New Jersey) is one of the lead singers of The B-52s. ...

Audio sample of "Rock Lobster" (1978) Image File history File links RockLobster. ...

The song includes nonsensical lyrics about a beach party and mock marine animal noises.

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The album version of "Rock Lobster" (released in 1979) clocks in at about seven minutes and contains superficially nonsensical lyrics about a beach party and excited rants about real or imagined marine animals ("There goes a dog-fish, chased by a cat-fish, in flew a sea robin, watch out for that piranha, there goes a narwhal, here comes a bikini whale!"), accompanied by absurd, fictional noises attributed to them; the chorus consists of the words "Rock lobster!" repeated over and over. The song "Rock Lobster" is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.[1] Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll is based on the permanent exhibit of the same name. ...


"Rock Lobster" also appears at number 146 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of greatest songs. The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ...


Popular Culture

In the Family Guy episode The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire, Peter sings an unplugged version of the song to try and cheer up Cleveland. Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire is an episode of Family Guy. ... Peter Löwenbräu Griffin is the protagonist in the American animated television series Family Guy. ... Unplugged refers to musicians performing live using only acoustic instruments; that is, without plugging in amplified instruments (e. ... This article is about the Family Guy character. ...


References

  1. ^ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "500 songs that shaped rock and roll" [1]

 
 

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