Few Hamptons pleasures compare to sitting by the water, enjoying a lobster, soaking in the very essence of summer on the East End. With that vision in mind, our Top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown continues with a classic that, if not entirely culinary, captures the offbeat down-by-the-beach fun that Dan’s Papers finds so appealing.
Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #38
“Rock Lobster” by the B-52s
Here’s the single-song soundtrack to the most surreal clambake (or is that crayfish bake?) you’ve ever been invited to, a New Wave/post-punk/poppy bouilabaise of catfish and dogfish and jellyfish and red snappers and narwhals and bikini fish, seahorses sailin’ and dolphins wailin’—and people dancing down, down, down in the sand. The 1979 release gave the B-52s their first Billboard Hot 100 hit and, the story goes, inspiration to John Lennon to end a five-year recording hiatus after hearing its Yoko Ono–esque inspired aspects. How many crustaceans can say that?