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  • THE B-52's - THROW THAT BEAT IN THE GARBAGE CAN Jan 27, 2021

    THE B-52's - THROW THAT BEAT IN THE GARBAGE CAN

    On this date in 1982, THE B-52's released the MESOPOTAMIA EP, (January 27th 1982).

    Produced by David Byrne, the original intention was that the six tracks here would be included in the third studio album. However, due to conflicts with producer and record label the recording sessions for the album were abandoned and the tracks were released in an EP format.

    Fears that Byrne might, as producer, have reined in the band's inimitable exuberance proved unfounded. You only had to listen to the first track on each side to be convinced: ‘Loveland' was a wild rhythm track for Cindy to spout a dizzy, moaning, righteous promise of a ticket to a sweethearts' Nirvana – and 'Cake' was a patisserie dripping with possibilities and punctuated by a breathlessly arranged horn section.

    Though Byrne has brought in a number of guests and himself played bass, and synthesiser, the sounds (and vision) remained in the keeping of the '52's.

    As ever, dance was the discipline behind this art. Byrne recognised the rhythmic affinity between his own music and that of seminal lessons in gyration like 'Rock Lobster' and 'Give Me Back My Man' and ensured that the B-52's cosmic pop-bop was maintained throughout the thirty-odd minutes of this record.

    The video here is the relentless motorik movement applied to Fred Schneider's own Fear Of Music, THROW THAT BEAT IN THE GARBAGE CAN:

    "Stop that beat/It's making me apprehensive/Sweat ruins my clothes/They are very expensive!"

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