Song Review: The B-52’s – “Roam”

“Roam” was released as the fourth single from The B-52’s 1989 album, Cosmic Thing. The single was released in January 1990, and ended up peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was 14 years old and in the ninth grade when this single was released. I have to admit that at first, I wasn’t sure about it since I’d had a rather lukewarm reaction to the previous single, “Love Shack.” But as I had opportunities to hear it during its chart run on both the radio and on MTV, I came to like it more. 25 years later, I’d have to say that “Roam” is probably my all-time favorite song by The B-52’s. It’s a fun and upbeat song, and Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson harmonize so well on it.

The music video sees the members of the band with footage running behind them on a blue screen. Sure, it looks a little cheesy, but the footage does work with the song. With lyrics talking about roaming around the world, having the band members “interacting” with footage shot in various places around the world makes sense. But what really makes this video is Fred Schneider’s exaggerated movements and expressions. “Roam” is definitely a very memorable music video!


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