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The 50 Best Post-Punk Albums Ever: Part 2, The B-52's to Magazine

This week we are celebrating the best post-punk albums of all-time and today we have part two with the Cure, Mission of Burma, the B-52's and more.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 1: 100 - 81

The best punk, post-punk, new wave, college rock, underground, modern rock, goth, industrial, new romantic, ska, power pop, hardcore, and indie rock of the '80s.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "Downtown"

Their last song is a bit of a party-ending lark (a cover of Petula Clark's "Downtown"), but cooling down is just the move needed to close out one of the greatest pop albums in history.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "6060-842"

Sorry, Tommy Tutone: the B-52's had you beat at this a long long time ago.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "Hero Worship"

There are no vocal overdubs, no excessive instrumentation, and a relatively straightforward lyrical slant. In short, it shouldn't be a B-52's song ... but that's part of the charm as to why it is an essential one.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)"

"Moon" isn't a bad song by any means, but when surrounded by so many notable home runs, it feels like the odd man out, a b-side that snuck its way onto the album's actual b-side.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "Lava"

Nowhere else in their discography have the B-52's made such a blatant song about having sex (which is to say nothing of their use of the word "Herculaneum").

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's "Rock Lobster"

"There goes a narwhal!" is one of the B-52's most memorable lines. It's also what got John Lennon back into songwriting.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "Dance This Mess Around"

When you think of B-52's songs, you think fun, wacky, playful, bizarre. With "Dance This Mess Around", you get raw, emotionally charged, sultry, and ... the best song they ever wrote.

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Orange Popsicles and Lemonade: 20 Timeless Songs of Summer

Whether you're at the beach or just hanging out in the backyard, these timeless summer classics are sure to make the summer sun shine a little bit brighter.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "52 Girls"

Is it New Wave? Is it punk? Hard to say, but what we do know about "52 Girls" is this: it just may be the greatest song the B-52's ever created.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "Planet Claire"

The B-52's' opening salvo nicks Mancini, talks about aliens, and settled a bet I had with my dad on whether it was Kate Pierson's voice or a synth on that recording.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's & Their Incredible First Album

They cornered the genre known as "party-pop", dressed in '60s thrift store kitsch, and poured jokes and humor into all their lyrics. Oh, and their debut album is actually one of the greatest rock albums ever made. No, really.

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The Top 10 Overplayed Songs You Hate by Artists You Love

Individually, they've each amassed a musical legacy worthy of several daily spins. Yet according to radio, these terrific musicians are only worth one -- or on the outside chance, two -- songs each. As a result, they've become pigeonholed, and these 10 tracks have become (almost) insufferable.

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Totally Nude Island: An Interview with Fred Schneider

After the B-52's passed on a holiday album several times over, Fred Schneider took matters into his own hands, recording an album with his new group, the Superions. Schneider opines recording an EP in a bathroom, wondered who the Flight of the Conchords are, and worked to dispel rumors that he threw a ham at Paula Deen.

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The B-52's: Funplex

The B-52's lay their goofball-meets-heavenly vocals and wacky lyrics across a bed of driving rock guitar and pulsating electronic beats on this fresh and fun comeback album.

Michael Keefe
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The B-52's

Despite my tremendous appetite for absurdity, watching the B-52's in the middle of the pouring rain is one of the most depressing things I can possibly imagine.

Vijith Assar
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