Love Shack

Love Shack

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"Love Shack"
Cover art for U.S. editions
Single by The B-52's
from the album Cosmic Thing
B-side "Channel Z"
Released June 20, 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop rock,[1] dance-rock[2], new wave
Length

5:21 (album version)

4:16 (single version)
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson
Producer(s) Don Was
The B-52's singles chronology
"Channel Z"
(1989)
"Love Shack"
(1989)
"Roam"
(1990)
"Channel Z"
(1989)
"Love Shack"
(1989)
"Roam"
(1990)

"Debbie"
(1998) Debbie1998

"Love Shack '99"
(1999) Love Shack '991999

"Funplex"
(2008) Funplex2008
Audio sample
Music video
"Love Shack" on YouTube

"Love Shack" is a 1989 single by new wave band The B-52's.

Release

Released in 1989 from their album Cosmic Thing, the single was the band's biggest hit song and first million-copy seller.[3] It was also the band's first song to reach the Billboard Top 40 charts, peaking at number 3,[4] also reaching number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and was number 1 for eight weeks in Australia, number 1 for 4 weeks in New Zealand, number 1 in the Republic of Ireland and also number 1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The song was a comeback of sorts following the band's decline in popularity in the mid 1980s coupled with the death of their guitarist, Ricky Wilson, in 1985.[5]

Produced by Don Was,[6] 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.[4]

"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.[7]

Music video

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.[8][9] 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.

Awards and rankings

The song received a number of accolades following its release. Named as one of the 365 Songs of the Century in 2001,[10] the video for the song received an award from MTV as the Best Group Video, and was named the Best Single of 1989 by Rolling Stone.[3] Additionally, it was ranked #246 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[11]

Track listing

The single release contained various tracks depending on the country it was released in. Some countries, including the United States, had singles backed with "Channel Z", while other releases included a live version of "Rock Lobster" as the B-side.[12] A reissue single in the U.S. paired it with the follow-up single "Roam", which had also reached number 3. In 1998 and 1999, the single was released again with a number of remixes, including one by DJ Tonka, but the re-release did not chart in the United States, although it did enter the United Kingdom charts.[13]

UK single

  1. "Love Shack" (Single Version) — 4:20
  2. "Love Shack" (LP Version) — 5:21

US 12" single / CD maxi-single

  1. "Love Shack" (12" Remix) — 8:00
  2. "Love Shack" (Remix/Edit) — 4:07
  3. "Channel Z" (12" Rock Mix) — 6:24
  4. "Love Shack" (12" Mix) — 6:10
  5. "Love Shack" (A Capella) — 3:56
  6. "Love Shack" (Big Radio Mix) — 5:31

Chart performance

All-time chart Position
Australia (ARIA)[30] 352

In popular culture

See also

References

  1. ^ Wilkerson Daily Corporation, ed. (1990). The Hollywood Reporter, Volume 315, N° 1 to 17. 
  2. ^ "The B-52s". B-52s. Retrieved 28 July 2013.  "From groundbreaking songs like "Rock Lobster," ... to chart-topping hits like "Love Shack" ... the B-52s' unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins."
  3. ^ a b David Mansour, From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. Andrews McNeel Publishing, 2005.
  4. ^ a b "B-52's 'Love Shack' burns down". The Associated Press. Today.com. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Richie Unterberger, Samb Hicks, Jennifer Dempsey. Music USA: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides, 1989.
  6. ^ Fred Bronson. Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits. Watson-Guptill, 2003.
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  8. ^ "Emmy Nominated Director's Strange Trip: From Sir-Mix-a-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' to 'Fargo'". TheWrap.com. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "HOUSE PROUD; Thrill Rides on the Color Wheel". The New York Times. 1 May 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
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  11. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The B-52s Unofficial Discography: Love Shack". Theb52s.de. Retrieved 24 January 2007. 
  13. ^ "The B-52s Unofficial Discography: Love Shack 99". Theb52s.de. Retrieved 24 January 2007. 
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  19. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 7, December 16, 1989". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
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  21. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved 28 July 2013.  Only one result when searching "Love shack"
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  26. ^ a b c d "Cosmic Thing awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  27. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.6684&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062
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  29. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Billboard. The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
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  31. ^ "Stephanie's dance to Love Shack Baby". YouTube. April 29, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 

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