(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/75/The-B-52s-Queen-of-Las-Vegas on October 1, 2011 10:35 AM)
I was looking through youtube a few weeks ago and came across this, a version of The B-52’s song Queen of Las Vegas that I had never heard before. It’s currently one of my favorites. While some of the lyrics are the same, the melody is quite different. What really struck me is that this version, unlike the version that I am familiar with, doesn’t have the words “queen” or “Las Vegas” in the lyrics.
It turns out that this version is called the Queen of Las Vegas Mesopotamia Outtake Version, and was first released in the Nude on the Moon: The B-52’s Anthology album released in 2002 by the label Rhino.