“Deadbeat Club” was released as the fifth and final single from The B-52’s 1989 album, Cosmic Thing. The single was released in 1990 and peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is about the band’s early days in Athens, Georgia when they’d hang around cafes and drink coffee. From what’s been said, their parents had nicknamed them “Deadbeats” because of it.
I was in the ninth grade and about 15 years old at the time this single was released. I have to admit that the song didn’t really do that much for me back then. In a lot of ways, I think I couldn’t quite relate to the lyrics. But “Deadbeat Club” is a song that grew on me as I got older, and I think that’s in large part to being able to better understand the words and feelings that go into a nostalgic song such as this one. I like this song so much more now than I did 25 years ago.
The music video for “Deadbeat Club” was shot in black and white, and the clothing, hairstyles, and atmosphere of it seems to be trying to capture the late 1960s/early 1970s. There’s definitely a “mod” look and feel to the whole thing, and I think it adds to the whole nostalgia factor that the song’s lyrics have.