Today, I was having lunch in some corner cafe in North Beach. I was sipping a Stella, waiting for my grilled cheese sandwich to arrive, when the B-52's Private Idaho came on. AWESOME! Man, I remember the first time I saw them. They were playing on SNL; it was after midnight and the rest of the family had gone to bed. They played Planet Claire and Rock Lobster. I was just a kid and I had NO idea what was going on or who those crazy chicks with the beehive hairdos were. Back then, SNL was pretty damn funny to me, but I also liked to watch the bands play. Sadly, I didn't appreciate the B-52's til much later, like around Whammy! was when I really "got" them. I knew a guy who was into them at that time, so I borrowed a few records and their absurd sense of humor caught me.

Anyway, it's kinda coincidental to hear
Private Idaho. A couple weeks ago, I ripped all of my B-52's CDs so I could listen to them during my commute. Good tunes for the walk from the bus stop to work.

I just looked at their website and they are still going! They have a new album out in two weeks! They look like they've been airbrushed several times over! Crazy! They have a myspXXX page, as well. I mean, who doesn't?

I kinda want to post Dance This Mess Around, that's probably my favorite track of theirs, but I think I will go with Private Idaho since that is the song that initiated this post. It's probably more danceable than DTMA (go figure), but they're both toe-tappable. I love the end, too, when Cindy (it sounds like Cindy) is going "I...I...I-DA-HO!" Kick ass!

PS...do you like my new banner? I wanted something different, but I'm not so sure that this is what I want.

The B-52's > Private Idaho

1 comment:

jennifer said...

Yes, I love this song! SNL used to be so good for bands, didn't it? I can't imagine being a kid and seeing the B-52's do Rock Lobster on there, though. Wow!

I've seen them only once and it was about 6 or 7 years ago. They were really good though! Even though they're all in their 40s, maybe pushing 50. They still danced around and queened it up. I would love to see them again now but they're playing on that hyper expensive True Colors tour.