The B-52s

Love Shack

Composed by Cindy Wilson / Fred Schneider / Kate Pierson / Keith Strickland

Song Review by

Do you see a faded sign by the side of the road? Fred Schneider posed that musical question/intro on the 1989 hit "Love Shack." One of the few acts to juggle New York artsy credentials with Southern roots, "Love Shack" was the lead-off single and biggest hit from the B-52's' multi-platinum effort Cosmic Thing. Even though at this time he was the new kid, Keith Strickland's guitar is arguably the hook here. Strickland, who replaced the late Ricky Wilson, did his lines in an offhandedly bluesy and terse style that all but draws a map to places like the Love Shack. Like most of their songs, it's Schneider's campy humor matched with the celestial and sweet vocals of Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson that makes this. When Wilson yells "tin roof...rusted" in a dramatic pause, people good-naturedly wanted to know what the hell she was talking about. We may never know and perhaps that's best. The most striking thing about "Love Shack" is that it split the difference between the B-52's' quirky style and a production polish that made them accessible. The video for Love Shack perfectly captures the song's ethos. In a cramped dive people of all ages and backgrounds are seen dancing together. As long as drunken music lovers hit the dancefloor, "Love Shack" will remain one of those songs they might love to hear.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Cosmic Thing 1989 Warner Bros. 5:20
Love Shack 1989 Reprise 5:21
Pop & Wave, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Alex 5:22
Now: 1990 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI
Pop & Wave, Vol. 3: Lots More Hits of the 80's 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 5:22
Sounds of the Eighties: The Rockin' Eighties 1994
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:23
Don't Worry, Be Happy 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:22
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Telstar 4:08
Best Summer Album in the World...Ever! [1997] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation 1998 Rhino / Warner Bros. 5:21
Time Capsule - Mixes: Hallucinating Pluto 1998 Warner Bros. 7:58
Love Shack '98 1998 WEA International 5:21
Time Capsule Remixes 1999 Import 6:28
Instant Party Disc: Regular Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:19
The All Time Greatest Pop Album 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:21
Greatest Sports Rock and Jams, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 4:14
MTV the First 1000 Years: New Wave 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:21
It's Only Rock N Roll [Sony International] 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:17
No Image 2000
Various Artists
WEA International
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:19
Instant Party: Blow-Out! 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:21
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 80's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:19
Nude on the Moon: The B-52's Anthology 2002 Rhino / Warner Bros. 5:21
Best Summer Album 2002 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 5:21
Party Animal 2002
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
Best of 80s Pop: Party Songs 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 4:22
Hairbrush Divas 2003
Various Artists
WSM
World's Best Ever Beer Songs 2004 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Billboard #1s: The '80s 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 4:22
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 5:22
VH1: I Love the '80s 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 4:20
School Reunion: The Disco 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 5:22
Big Shiny 80's [Muchmusic] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Happy Songs [Virgin 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Virgin 5:22
Drive Time [Universal/WB] 2005
Various Artists
WEA/Warner Special Marketing 5:21
My Generation: The Soundtrack of Our Lives - The Eighties, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
All the Beer Songs 2005
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Rhino Hi-Five: The B-52's 2005 Rhino 5:23
The Best of the 80s [Madacy Box Set] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:22
Floorfillers: The Ultimate Party Album 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Driving Songs 2006
Various Artists
Virgin 5:22
Wedding Party 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Office Party [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Babski Wieczór 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:21
The New Year's Eve Party Album 2007
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
La Playlist Idéale: 80's 2007
Various Artists
WEA 5:21
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Farol
Driving Anthems 2008
Various Artists
WEA International 5:22
100 Hits: Party Karaoke 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 100
Ultimate 80s Collection [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 4:22
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:24
Mum Rocks! 2009
Various Artists
Virgin 5:22
Ultimate Collection: Dad 2009
Various Artists
Ultimate 5:23
Loving You: 60 Beautiful Love Songs to Show How Much You Care 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 5:22
Weekend Songs: Your Essential Weekend Soundtrack 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 4:17
100 Hits: Summer 2010
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG 100 4:22
Weekend Songs: The Winter Collection 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 5:22
Weekend Songs: The Autumn Collection 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 52:00
With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA 2011 Eagle Rock 5:45
The Ultimate Collection: 80s School Days 2011
Various Artists
Universal 5:22
With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA 2012 Eagle Rock
Original Album Series 2012 Rhino 5:21
90s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 5:23
Magic Summertime 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:21
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:16
Absolute 80's [Warner] 2014
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:21
The Complete Studio Album Collection 1979-1992 2014 Rhino 5:21
Top 100 90s 2014
Various Artists
Rhino / WSM 5:23
The Other Side of the 80's [Rhino] 2016
Various Artists
Rhino
Decades of #1's: 80's 2016
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:20
100 Tubes 2017 2016
Various Artists
Warner Music
100 Hits: Summer [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
3 For 1 Box Set Warner Music
80's Top 40 Hits
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:23
80s Classics: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
90 Hits of the '90s
Various Artists
Rhino 4:15
90's Hits
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
Back to School Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 5:23
Car-aoke: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 5:23
Classic '80s Pop
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 5:21
Classic '80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic 80's [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
Classic 80s Party [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic Driving Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 5:20
Classic Party
Various Artists
Virgin EMI 5:21
Classic Pop [2015]
Various Artists
Universal
Egb. La Música de una Generación
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:23
Party Time! 50 Classic Party Tracks
Various Artists
Rhino / WSM 5:23
Party! [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 4:22
Retro Shock, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Culture Shock
Return of the 90s
Various Artists
Rhino 5:23
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:21
Summer BBQ Party
Various Artists
Rhino
Summer: Ultimate Collection
Various Artists
Ultimate
Top of the Pops: 1990-1994
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
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