500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The B-52's, 'Rock Lobster'

Writers: Fred Schneider, Ricky Wilson
Producer: Chris Blackwell
Released: July '79, Warner Bros.
8 weeks; No. 56

A self-described "quirky little dance band," the B-52's invented New Wave weirdness with this slice of bouffant pop topped with Farfisa organ, Yoko Ono-ish vocals and Schneider's creepy speak-singing about a bizarro seaside scene. "I was at a disco that had pictures of lobsters and children playing ball," he said. " 'Rock Lobster' sounded like a good title for a song."

Appears on: The B-52's (Warner Bros.)

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