If there’s one thing we could all use more of right now, it’s fun! No band has better exemplified fun over the last forty-plus years than The B-52’s. Their 1989 track “Love Shack” is an anthem of having a good time.
Released as the third single from the Cosmic Thing album, “Love Shack” became The B-52’s biggest hit and a concert staple. The inspiration for the song was a cabin off the Atlanta Highway near Athens, Georgia which really had a tin roof. And it probably rusted at some point, as tin roofs eventually do. B-52’s singer Kate Pierson lived in the cabin and it’s where the band wrote “Rock Lobster,” their very first single from 1978. Unfortunately, the cabin burned down in December 2004, possible as the result of arson.
The music video for “Love Shack” was not filmed in the Georgia cabin. In fact, it wasn’t filmed anywhere near Georgia. The video was shot at the home and studio of ceramic artists Philip Maberry and Scott Walker in Highland, New York. But the Chrysler really was as big as a whale.