Power Chord Fridays: Shelfish Pleasure Edition

Today’s PCF comes courtesy of a live perfomance of Rock Lobster by the B-52′s in what was then called West Germany in 1983. I chose this performance because I want to shine a light on the guitar genius behind the B’s, Ricky Wilson. Ricky, the brother of bandmate Cindy Wilson was the real deal and his PCF creds are on full display here. It’s easy to overlook because this is a song we’ve all heard a million times, but consider this: this B-52′s sound is the product of vocals, drums, some keyboard and that really big fuzzed out drooling guitar sound that was Ricky’s calling card. At times super-simple, but always balls out gnarly. On this song it almost sounds like something you’d get if you locked up Dick Dale and Bauhaus together in the studio for 2 weeks (especially around the 3-minute mark).

Sadly, Ricky would die of complications due to HIV/AIDS just 2 years later in 1985. Too soon for such a talent. So let this be a lesson to all you to go out there make the most of whatever you got going on and stuff. Have a great weekend and apologies for the lull. Life she’s a bit nuts but we’ll back strong next week!!!

P.S. — Oh yeah, and this may be the only time I felt pumped by a U-S-A chant like the one that comes at the end of this set.