"Rock Lobster" Got John Lennon Off His Ass and Back to Making Music
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After the birth of his son Sean, John Lennon did pretty much nothing other than raise his kid for a solid five years, only occasionally recording demos in his apartment. He learned to make bread. That was newsworthy, I guess. The guy just wanted to lead the beautiful, unglamorous life of a dad, as opposed to the one of a music legend. Can't blame him. When you've got Beatles money, screw it -- take a century off.
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In 1979, an avant-garde new wave band from Atlanta called the B-52s released their debut single, "Rock Lobster," a song that, if it hasn't already, should be used as the inspiration for a SyFy Channel Original Movie about mutant lobsters that kill people during a 1960s beach party.
In 1980, John Lennon found himself in a club in Bermuda called Disco 40, which was split into two levels: disco upstairs, new wave downstairs. Lennon went downstairs. Later, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon said, "I suddenly heard 'Rock Lobster' by the B-52s for the first time. Do you know it? It sounds just like Yoko's music, so I said to myself, 'It's time to get out the old ax and wake the wife up!'"
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John Lennon strums wife while sitting beside ax.