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Animal Music Monday: Rock Lobster

Posted by Richard Conniff on August 8, 2016

I’m spending a little time in Maine, so this seems like a natural. Sort of unnaturally natural, that is. The most animal-oriented lyric goes off the deep end, literally:

Here comes a stingray
There goes a manta-ray
In walked a jelly fish
There goes a dog-fish
Chased by a cat-fish
In flew a sea robin
Watch out for that piranha
There goes a narwhal
Here comes a bikini whale!

The B-52s released the song in April 1978, and it became their biggest hit ever. And the infectious looney-toon silliness of the song inspired John Lennon to come out of retirement and back into the studio: On hearing it “I said to meself ‘It’s time to get out the old axe,'” Lennon said.  The result was “Double Fantasy,” released a few weeks before he was murdered in December, 1980.

Sorry. Downer.  Here’s the song:

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