Rock Lobster
The B-52's
The B-52's
The B-52's
Family Friendly
Released 1979
Genre New Wave
Language English
Length 5:03
Source Rock Band 3
also Nintendo DS setlist
Available October 26, 2010
Playable in
Rock Band 3
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Basic Pro
Guitar 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Bass 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Drums 5FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleFcircle 5FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleFcircle
Keys 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Vocals 5FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleFcircle 5FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleFcircle
Male singer
Vocal Cowbell
3-part Harmonies

"Rock Lobster" is a song by The B-52's

Many B-52's songs have fun, whimsical lyrics, and this is one of them. It's about a beach party where someone encounters a rock lobster.

John Lennon heard this song playing in a Bermuda disco in 1979. It reminded him of Yoko Ono's music so much that it inspired him to return to the recording studio after a 5 year retirement. The B52s' guitarist Keith Strickland recalled to Q magazine that at the end of the song, "Cindy does this scream that was inspired by Yoko Ono. John heard it in some club in the Bahamas, and the story goes that he calls up Yoko and says, Get the axe out – they're ready for us again! Yoko has said that she and John were listening to us in the weeks before he died." (This interview is available at Rock's Backpages).

This reached #1 on the Canadian charts in 1980, following Blondie's "Call Me" and preceding The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket." It held the pole position for one week. (thanks, Kent - Toronto, Canada)

There is no bass guitar in this song but a baritone guitar instead.


Rock Band 3 - Rock Lobster by The B-52's - Full Band Expert - 720p HD05:20

Rock Band 3 - Rock Lobster by The B-52's - Full Band Expert - 720p HD

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