Love Shack

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to “Love Shack” by the B-52’s.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 20, 1989

TRIVIA: The song’s inspiration was “a cabin around Athens, Georgia”, complete with tin roof, where the band conceived “Rock Lobster”, a single from their first album; it is often said to have been located off “the Atlanta Highway”, as the first verse implies. B-52’s singer Kate Pierson lived in the cabin in the 1970s, and the cabin existed until 2004, when it burned down.

“Tin roof…rusted,” wailed by lead singer Cindy Wilson, was originally an outtake added to the track, and is perhaps the song’s most memorable line. Fred Schneider also provides some memorable lines, including his notable boast of having “a Chrysler as big as a whale” and “seats about twenty”. It has come to mean many things to different listeners.

The music video was directed by Adam Bernstein and shot at the home and studio of ceramic artists Philip Maberry and Scott Walker in Highland, New York. It is also the first time drag queen RuPaul had ever appeared in any type of media before her own turn as a singer and model only a few years later.

See you next Tuesday!!

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