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The B-52's

The first of many acts to cement the college town of Athens, GA, as a hotbed of alternative music, the B-52's took their name from the Southern slang for the mile-high bouffant wigs sported by singers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, a look emblematic of the band's campy, thrift-store aesthetic. The five-piece group, which also included founding members Fred Schneider, guitarist Ricky Wilson (Cindy's older brother), and drummer Keith Strickland, formed in the mid-'70s after a drunken evening at a Chinese restaurant; the bandmembers had little or no previous musical experience, and performed most of their earliest shows with taped guitar and percussion accompaniment.

After pressing up a few thousand copies of the single "Rock Lobster," the B-52's traveled to the famed Max's Kansas City club for their first paying gig. Subsequent appearances at CBGB brought the group to the attention of the New York press, and in 1979, they issued their self-titled debut album, a collection of manic, bizarre, and eminently danceable songs which scored an underground club hit with a reworked version of "Rock Lobster." The following year, they issued Wild Planet, which reached the Top 20 on the U.S. album charts; Party Mix!, an EP's worth of reworked material from the band's first two proper outings, appeared in 1981.

Released in 1982, Mesopotamia arose out of a series of aborted sessions with producer David Byrne which saw the B-52's largely abandon their trademark sense of humor, a situation rectified by the next year's Whammy!, a move into electronic territory. After a Schneider solo LP, 1984's Fred Schneider & the Shake Society, the group returned to the studio to record 1986's Bouncing Off the Satellites. On October 12, 1985, however, Ricky Wilson died; though originally his death was attributed to natural causes, it was later revealed that he had succumbed to AIDS. In light of Wilson's death, the group found it impossible to promote the new album, and they spent the next several years in seclusion.

In 1989, the B-52's finally returned with Cosmic Thing, their most commercially successful effort to date. Marked by Strickland's move from drums to guitar and club-friendly production from Don Was and Nile Rodgers, the album launched several hit singles, including the party smash "Love Shack," "Roam," and "Deadbeat Club." In 1990, Cindy Wilson retired from active duty, leaving the remaining trio to soldier on for 1992's Good Stuff. A year later, dubbed the BC-52's, they performed the theme song for Steven Spielberg's live-action feature The Flintstones. Wilson returned to the group for a tour supporting the release of 1998's hits collection Time Capsule. Four years later the double-disc Nude on the Moon compilation would dive deeper into their catalog by featuring rare tracks, live recordings, and remixes along with the hits. The year 2008 found the band returning with a new album for the first time in 16 years. Released by Astralwerks, Funplex, was a slick, synthesizer-driven effort produced by Steve Osborne. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I love Kate and Cindy's harmony. Unlike any other band.
This rocket leaves for Mars soon...
They put on one hell of a show
brittie_987
Good sound.
I found about them when I herd rock lobster! loved them ever sense
you like the B52's you will love my band mountains of teenage girl turds
daniel.craft 1
Don't read this because it actually works you will get kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this comment you will die in 2 days.Now that you've started reading don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works. Don't read this because it actually works you will get kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. H
Who's to blame
charlie680
Saw them Earth day in Central Park (can't remember the year)
Fun band. Unique sound only saw them once back in the mid 80s. Great show. Reminds me what it felt like to be young every time I hear them.
They rock
Oh fu*k My dad told me how my mother listened to this in High school or whatever.... . b u t we both hated it.....but now we just laugh the fu*k at it.
Rock Lobster...<> <
Wacky & fun
Snuck into their concert in NYC back in 1993 (lied about my age!). What a fun time! They were introduced by RuPaul -- hilarious. Only downside was that I accidentally punched my sister in the face while dancing. LOL :)
they will never die or get old they were cutting age when they came out and always will be the cream of the crop
conroytr
Rock Lobster's gotta be my fav by them. Just do its lack of coherence
The B-52's personify good time party music.
Sorry thats Ricky the 52's aren't the same without you!
RIP Dennis
I'm living in my own private Idaho and I love it!
Check out their music vids on tube. Especially " Revolution Earth"
Love the 52's. Wish I had seen them in concert. Good time band. Had a crush on the ladies in the band.
dancing at work.....
Saw them at the Pacific Amphitheater last week in Orange County, Awesome Show! Still one of my favorite bands of all time!
bryan5936
Just saw them last night at Del Mar - awesome
I was at the Marysville show, they are just as good as in the 80'.
michaeroo
Saw them in Marysville, WA of all places. Still fantastic!
Awesome live show...only 52 girls in the audience
I'm still friends with most of my high school friends, still hang out, and we graduated in 1982. The B-52's wrote the soundtrack to our lives.
I just saw these guys a few nights ago in Boston. It was amazing. They have great energy and still sound great. Super cool sound.
@bobonnit. You'd turn Katy Perry into an infant, better grab someone else.
Your WHAT ? Tin roof's rusted...
B-52's still kick As$.... Channel Z , Give me back my man,,,, the sh!t !!!!!! Cruisin Whittier Blvd in the Camero while everyone else was listening to Oldies... Boring!!!
Never can get enuff of these folks! dug them in my 'new wave' days and still digging them in my 'grown up' days-lol.
I listened to the B 52s when Rock Lobster hit the airwaves and I just run out and by a copy. Now I am older with young kids and the 52s are one of thier favorite bands. The whole house gets up and dances, except for Mom.
theworldofkc 1 0
I LOVE THESE GUYS!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I absolutely agree with Craig M.... B-52's are one of my most pleasurable guilts! I'm absolutely addicted to the song 52 Girls and Dance this Mess around....
If I had a time machine I would grab Katy Perry and go back to the 80's and have a wild orgy with her and Kate Pierson & Cindy Wilson. Now that would be a Party Out Of Bounds in a Love Shack
The B52's are one of the most funnest, creative bands in the history of Rock Music.
My dad loves this song and so do I.i need more followers you follow me I follow you
The B-52's have a original style of music. Cool party music.
yeah awesome! b-52s the party band of my lifetime!(i 43 and gee it was fun hey-still is!) great call ken! planet claire is the shiz!
B-52s helped me maintain my sanity through High School...and they were always just so much fun. Saw them live many years later and they were still awesome! And, let me tell you, you haven't lived until you've sung Planet Claire at the top of your lungs while driving cross-countr y in a Plymouth Satellite.
one of the female lead singers lives in my neighborhood
Its hard to be still when Love Shack is playing.
LOVE THEM MORE THAN I CAN POST!!!!
beneamata
Fun music that swings.
My fave band of all time!
Legal Tender is my fave song
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