This record is funky. One of the many great B-52s songs is Mesopotamia. Fred sings like no one else on this and his vocal is an essential part of the groove. Cindy’s bongo playing is amazing and Ricky’s guitar playing is on another level. Seriously, if there’s another level then he’s on another level above that. Keith’s drumming is phenomenal. And then there are Kate and Cindy’s vocals. Absolutely beautiful. They both have unique and gorgeous voices and together they are sublime. I remember seeing them for the first time and I always thought they were like an updated combination of the Stooges and the Shangri-Las with a little bit of Captain Beefheart and a bit more of the Ventures. Playing this song live was a thrill.

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