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The B-52s, Recorded Live in Concert

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Set List

  • "Pump"
  • "Hot Corner"
  • "Ultraviolet"
  • "Juliet of the Spirits"
  • "Funplex"
  • "Love in the Year 3000"
  • "Love Shack"
  • "Rock Lobster"

The B-52s. Pieter M. van Hattem hide caption

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Back after a 16-year hiatus from recording, the cheerfully hedonistic party band The B-52s returned to the public eye last month, releasing the appropriately titled Funplex. Though the group's sound has been updated with more electronic sounds, there's no mistaking these B-52s for anyone but the fun-loving oddballs behind "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster." The band performed a concert from WXPN and the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.

The B-52s became an underground success shortly after forming in 1978 — thanks in large part to the campy "Rock Lobster" — but it took a decade for the Athens, Ga., group to become a bona fide pop sensation. The album that did the trick, 1989's Cosmic Thing, spawned major hit singles in "Love Shack," "Roam," and "Deadbeat Club." After 1992's Good Stuff, The B-52s mostly disappeared, resurfacing only on the occasional soundtrack or greatest-hits package. Sixteen years later, Funplex instantly makes it clear how much the band's music has been missed.

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