How the B-52’s ‘Rock Lobster’ Changed John Lennon’s Career

by Jeremy Spirogis
The B-52s

The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” is a enjoyable new wave tune that was impressed by the music of Yoko Ono. The observe managed to have a huge effect on John Lennon. Without it, a few of John’s music won’t exist — nor would a tune by one other main rock star.

The B-52s
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The origin of the B-52’s ‘Rock Lobster’

“Rock Lobster” stands out amongst rock songs just because there are not any different well-known rock songs about lobsters. Interestingly, the observe wasn’t impressed by an precise rock lobster. According to The Washington Post, an odd expertise B-52’s Fred Schneider had impressed the observe.

“I went to this disco in Atlanta, Georgia, called 2001. And instead of having a light show and fabulousness, they had a slide show,” Schneider stated. “And it was empty, and they showed pictures of puppies, babies, and lobsters on a grill, and I thought, okay, ‘Rock Lobster,’ that’s a good title for a song.” After ingesting some alcohol collectively, the band began crafting the tune. They created “Rock Lobster” as a tribute to the music of Yoko Ono.

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“Rock Lobster”

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How the tune impacted John Lennon

According to the ebook Days That I’ll Remember: Spending Time With John Lennon & Yoko Ono, John went club-hopping — with a mission. He wished to know what music individuals have been listening to on the time. He discovered himself at a disco known as Disco 40. Hearing “Rock Lobster” made him wish to write extra songs.

“Upstairs, they were playing disco, and downstairs I suddenly heard ‘Rock Lobster’ by the B-52’s for the first time,” John stated. “It sounds just like Yoko’s music, so I said to meself, ‘It’s time to get out the old ax and wake the wife up!’” After that, John started writing a tune for Double Fantasy, a collaborative album by himself and Yoko. He wrote new tracks in a short time. For instance, he wrote the ballad “Woman” over the course of some minutes. It’s superb how “Rock Lobster” led to the creation of “Woman,” a tune with a a lot totally different vibe.

How ‘Rock Lobster’ impressed Panic! on the Disco

Interestingly, John will not be the one rock star to take inspiration from “Rock Lobster.” Brendon Urie of Panic! on the Disco sampled “Rock Lobster” for his tune “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time.” Urie deemed “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” among the finest Panic! on the Disco songs.

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“Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”

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“I’ve always wanted to write a party song,” Urie advised Loudwire. “Not just a song that you can party to, but a song describing the things that you experience at a party, or hope to experience. So there’s a lot of jumping around and trying to figure out fun ways to describe a debauched night. I’m so glad I got to use the ‘Rock Lobster’ sample, too.” Urie and John are totally different musicians nevertheless it’s fascinating that they each took inspiration from “Rock Lobster.”

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