Friday, February 10, 2012

The B-52s “With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA”

(Eagle Rock) When a band has always been shamelessly ridiculous, then no matter how old they get they can never sound any more ridiculous doing the songs of their youth. It certainly does not hurt that they still have perfect, intact voices, voices as distinct as that of any act in pop history. Both the B52s early punk stuff and the party anthems they crafted in their mainstream wave of popularity are truly communal music – the kind of songs that are built for groups of people – both small and large -  to share, cherish and get excited about. Thus, a live album (their first) isn’t a bogus cash in – it’s an awesome manifestation of what the music is about. And having Tracy from the Waitresses backing you up ain’t too shabby! 

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