The B-52’s: “52 Girls” (1979)

One of the finest moments from the 52’s girls.

Kronomyth 1.3: Kate and Cindy and Tina.

Kate and Cindy. You can still name them today, which speaks to the lasting power of The B-52’s. 52 Girls was one of the sharpest songs from their debut album, like Gang of Four if two of the gang were girls (and eventually one would be, but that’s another story). It was a bit edgy for American audiences, who had already climbed out of their comfort zone for a taste of “Rock Lobster,” and was served up instead to German audiences as a single. I’ll bet at least Nina Hagen dug it.

The B side is 6060-842, which details what happens (or doesn’t happen) when you dial a number on the bathroom wall. Not one of my favorites, but there’s a shortage of strange and silly songs in the world, for which you certainly can’t fault Fred Schneider. Interestingly, the picture sleeve features shots from the same photo shoot that produced the retouched images on the first album. At least I found it interesting.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. 52 Girls (Charles J. Ayers/Ricky Wilson) (3:35)
B1. 6060-842 (Fred Schneider/Ricky Wilson/Keith Strickland/Kate Pierson) (2:50)

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch single in 1979 in Germany (Island, 101 039-100) with picture sleeve.

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