Monday, April 27, 2009

Monsters Vs. The Aliens From Planet Claire

Last week Mrs. Kaiser and I took the kids to see Monsters Vs. Aliens... It was okay, I guess. The kids dug it! I enjoyed the 3D. Boy, has that technology come a long way! Back in the old days I would give up on a 3D movie half-way through with a splitting headache. With the new three dimensional  techniques being employed I had a good time watching the movie even though the script was poor. But that isn't what this post is about; it's about The B-52's.

Monsters Vs. Aliens ends with "Planet Claire", and my kids really liked it! As far as I know they had never heard it before. They have heard "Rock Lobster" - as it is in another kid's movie that we have lying around H.Q. - and they really enjoy that one as well. So, being the neat-o dad that I am, I dug around the boxes of records in the garage (of course all the good ones are in the house! Sheesh... I am a record nut, fer crying-out-loud) and found The B-52's self-titled debut album to play for the young 'uns. They were pleased-as-punch to listen to the aforementioned tracks quite a few times in a row, but could easily leave the other 7 tracks of the long-player behind. Actually, that was a bit of a let-down because I was always partial to "6060-842". That may be because my 1st B-52's purchase was the "Rock Lobster" 45 b/w "6060-842", which I now realize (and here is the kicker of this whole post)... was 30 years ago! I was the same age (roughly) as my oldest daughter when I 1st bought a brand new, recently recorded B-52's record.

The music from my youth is now technically Oldies!!

As my aunt would say (whilst butchering the lyrics of one Steve Miller): "Time keeps on passing, passing, passing into the future".

I went on YouTube to find a video of The B-52's to show the kids... What is it with bands and record labels forcing official, low-quality music videos off YouTube?! Did they not read about Monty Python and the amount of money they are making by making high-quality videos available on YouTube? But I (as usual) digress. I didn't find a video of "Rock Lobster", "Planet Claire", or even "6060-842", but I found something even better than a goofy production video... a clip from (presumably) some Television show of the band lip-syncing my personal favorite B-52's song - "Private Idaho".



  1. Martha L. WestbrookApril 28, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    You really are a neat "old" dad!
    That was really 30 years ago?? Wow!

  2. Wow. The ladies were smoking hot, an awesome song, Fred with the 'stache... I'm in my own private heaven.

  3. Private favorite B-52's tune as well. That opening is just so cool. Great minds think alike, or sick minds, or something like that.

  4. @Martha - Hey! I said "ol'" NOT "old". I'm sensitive about my age, thank you very much!

  5. Martha L. WestbrookApril 30, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    My apologies Mr. Kaiser!!