Here’s a terrific video of The B-52s performing “Rock Lobster” in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978. Almost a year before this video was shot, I saw the band’s New York debut at Max’s Kansas City. They had arrived with little fanfare. I had actually gone to Max’s to see another band on the bill, The Pinkos. As soon as The B-52’s hit the stage and kicked things off with “Planet Claire,” it was obvious to everyone in the club that something magic was happening. At a time when punk was raging, Fred, Cindy, Kate, Keith and Ricky were making music that defied categorization and seemed so fresh and original. It was as if the group had stepped out of a John Water’s movie. And they sounded great.