Listen to Shame’s brilliant cover of 70s classic ‘Rock Lobster’

The punks take on alt-pop icons The B-52s

Shame have covered The B-52s’ alt-pop 1978 classic anthem ‘Rock Lobster’.

The South London punks made their cover for Spotify Sessions – but mocked the streaming service when they publicised their cover.


Writing on Twitter, the band said: “A while back, we recorded ‘Rock Lobster’ and ‘One Rizla’ for Spotify Sessions… Get streaming, kids, for each 10,000 plays we can afford a Kit-Kat.”

‘One Rizla’ was one of Shame’s singles which previewed their debut album ‘Songs Of Praise’, which reached No 32 on its release in January.

The four-piece also released a Christmas single last month, with their take on the traditional festive song ‘Feliz Navidad’ available via Shame’s Bandcamp page.

Shame are currently on tour in Japan, before returning for their biggest UK headline tour to date. Dates are below. You can buy tickets  for Shame’s tour here. Support on the tour comes from HMLTD, Fontaines DC and Sorry.

‘Rock Lobster’ was recorded by The B-52s as a single in 1978, before being substantially reworked into a longer version on the band’s self-titled debut album in 1979. The song was inspired by a local disco called 2001 in the band’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, which featured pictures of lobsters on a grill alongside images of puppies and babies. The band haven’t released any new material since 2008’s album ‘Funlandia’, but continue to occasionally tour. They’re also known for the songs ‘Love Shack’ and ‘Private Idaho’.


Shame’s UK tour dates:
November 15: SWX, Bristol
November 16: Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
November 17: O2 Academy, Leicester
November 18: Leadmill, Sheffield
November 20: Uni Stylus, Leeds
November 22: O2 Ritz, Manchester
November 23: University, Newcastle
November 24: SWG3, Glasgow
November 26: Waterfront, Norwich
November 27: O2 Academy, Oxford
November 30: O2 Kentish Town Forum, London


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