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Tuesday, September 18, 2007


So, I'm introducing a new weekly series...Tuesday Throwback...and no one better to kick it off with than THE B-52'S. With a new album on the way and the upcoming Halloween show in NYC with THE RAPTURE, let's dig in to the past and explore the origins of the greatest party band ever (sorry CSS). Here are some very rare, vintage clips showcasing The B-52's in all their eclectic glory. Enjoy.

'Hero Worship' has always been one of my favorite tracks. From the 1979 debut album, it features Cindy Wilson in her finest howling wail. This ultra-rare video shows her in her rawest state - a sexy growl and deadpan demeanor - this is classic. Not to mention Kate Pierson on guitar!!!

Hero Worship

'Rock Lobster' is certainly one of their most well-known songs, but here you get to see The B's in a very early carnation. Doesn't Fred Schneider look frighteningly thin?

Rock Lobster

Another all-time favorite of mine, 'Devil In My Car' is an awesome, gritty garage rock track. Sometimes I wish they never went electro, but due to the untimely death of guitarist Ricky Wilson, a transformation inevitably occurred.

Devil in My Car

Yet again, a fave of mine. 'Dirty Back Road', featuring splendid split vocals by Kate and Cindy.

Dirty Back Road

I know, they are definitely lip-syncing in this video, but it's cool to see this era of The B's, coming into popularity with one of the most recognizable new wave songs of the early 80's, 'Private Idaho'.

Private Idaho

Though shot for a TV spot and clearly lip-syncing (Hey! It was the 80's), 'Give Me Back My Man' is another amazing solo-vocal track by Cindy Wilson.

Give Me Back My Man

And finally, the least known hit single from the 1989 breakthrough album "Cosmic Thing". The video for 'Deadbeat Club' finds The B-52's in vintage "throwback" style, hanging out with Michael Stipe, among others.

Deadbeat Club

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