Of all the new wave groups that sprang forth in the late 70's, the B-52s were the most near and dear to my heart. Total nerds. Just like us. By the time of their third release in 1982, some thought the bloom was off the rose. As we now know, Mesopotamia was supposed to be a full fledged album with ten tracks. Something went amiss and they tangled with producer David Byrne, so the release was cut back to an EP with just six tracks. It was definitely a new direction, but they jettisoned the new sound immediately and never returned.
Here is the title track. From the moment that Fred mispronounces Mes-a-pa-ta-mia I was hooked. The monster hand claps just sealed the deal. This has to be one of the greatest grooves of the 80s, what with the funky bass and the counterpoint between the various vocal parts.
I'll meet you by the third pyramid!