Contemporary indie music falls into many categories. But perhaps the most recognizably “indie” songs contain guitar, keyboard riffs, and male/female vocals (including generous portions of ooos, ahhhs, and ohhhs. I was listening to my ipod while laying some interlocking brick, and this lovely old tune came on. It seems to fit in well with contemporary music. Considering that The B-52’s were an underground phenomenon before making it big, they seem to fit the mold.
I tried to imagine the group as up-and-comers and what impact they might have on the current scene. They were willing to be unusual, experimental, and even at times somewhat bad in pursuit of making interesting and fun music. Apparently Rock Lobster was written and ultimately played on a guitar missing the middle two strings. Certainly, these days there are many people who also experiment with music. With the proliferation of the internet it’s possible to be constantly exposed to these folks. Thus a group like The B-52’s could become one voice among thousands. Fortunately for them, those thousands didn’t write Love Shack.