The most common Rock Lobster is the Western rock lobster "Panulirus cygnus". Other species of Rock Lobster include the southern rock lobster, (Jasus edwardsii) and many species of tropical lobster. Tropical lobsters are known collectively as painted or green crays, and the most common species are the green lobster (Panulirus versicolor) and the painted rock lobster (Panulirus ornatus).

Rock Lobsters weigh anywhere from 1-12 pounds. Scientists have no reliable way of calculating a lobster's age, but the oldest lobster to survive in captivity was 28 years old.

After puberty, rock lobsters, still pale from their most recent molt, join the 'whites' run, and migrate from the inshore reefs to deeper water to join the spawning stock. Migrating lobsters have been known to cover incredible distances.

Female lobsters generally spawn at about 6-7 years of age, between September and January. Most of their eggs have hatched by the end of February, and the tiny larvae are carried out to sea on wind driven currents, where they spend between 9 and 11 months feeding on the plankton, and evolve into adults. Many larvae die on their ocean journey, but the survivors eventually return to the coast. At the last stage of the lobsters' larval they look like miniature adult lobsters.

Rock lobster is a delicious seafood entree.

Whereas, RockLobster is a cool song. And, is also a fantastic, wonderful, great, magnificent, not to mention humble person.

A tribute to The B-52's' song appears on the Commodore Amiga A500 PCB - the legend

B52/ROCK LOBSTER
is included in the silk screen along with the component labels and copyright information.

George Robbins was the perpetrator, and added a B52's song title to every board he worked on.

Other boards thus defaced were:

  • A600 - Junebug
  • A1200 - Channel Z
  • A590 - Party Mix (Also, the front LEDs labelled 'fred' and 'wilma')

We were at the beach
Everybody had matching towels
Somebody went under a dock
And there they saw a rock
It wasn't a rock
It was a Rock Lobster!

"Rock Lobster" is the first hit -- maybe the greatest hit -- by The B-52s, and the best surf rock song ever written about crustaceans. 

It was written by band members Fred Schneider and Ricky Wilson, recorded by the band in February 1978, and released into the wild in April 1978 by DB Records. The better-known version of the song, however, wasn't released until July 1979 with the B-52s self-titled debut album. Schneider provided lead vocals and cowbell, while Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson provided backing vocals. Pierson also played synth bass and organ, and Wilson played tambourine. Ricky Wilson played guitar, and Keith Strickland played drums and percussion. The song hit #56 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it went all the way to Number 1 in Canada

Schneider has said the song's inspiration came from a dance club in Atlanta called 2001 which featured slide shows of animals, including lobsters on a grill, instead of the usual light show. And Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson took inspiration from Yoko Ono's singing style when they came up with the weird animal noises they made during the song. In fact, when John Lennon heard the song, he recognized Ono's style and decided to end his five-year musical hiatus -- the result was "Double Fantasy," the 1980 album by John and Yoko. 

DOWN!
DOWN!

So what's it like to see this for the first time on MTV or to hear it at your first junior high dance? It's no great surprise to say that it's weird, right? You got Fred Schneider -- a guy who looks more like a grocery store manager than a rock star -- and his stentorian Criswell-esque performance. You got Kate and Cindy with their mad bouffant hairdos, switching from sweet two-part harmonies to deranged squeaking and howling. You got that chugging surf guitar and retro organ dragging everyone out onto the dance floor. What are the right moves? Do you twist? Pogo? You definitely don't do the dull step, clap, step, clap -- you couldn't dance that way right now even if you wanted to. But when Fred orders you "DOWN!" -- you and everyone else on the floor follow that command. 

And when the song's over, the floor clears out every time. Ain't no way to follow that song up, Mr. DJ. 

Here comes a stingray
There goes a manta ray
In walked a jellyfish
There goes a dogfish
Chased by a catfish
In flew a sea robin
Watch out for that piranha
There goes a narwhal
Here comes a bikini whale!

For reQuest 2020
("Jet-Poop, you're always writing about comics. Review a song or album instead.")

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