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The B-52's

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Athens, Georgia, United States (1976 – present)

The B-52’s are an American band that formed in 1976 in Athens, Georgia, United States. A major part of the scene, the band started out as Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals, organ), Cindy Wilson (vocals, bongos), Ricky Wilson (guitar), and Keith Strickland (drums). After Ricky Wilson died in 1985, Strickland replaced him as a guitarist. They’re perhaps best known for their 1978 single “Rock Lobster” and their 1989 smash “Love Shack”.

The name comes from the bouffant wigs that are part of the band’s distinctive look, worn by singers Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson. Along with Wilson and Pierson, fellow vocalist Fred Schneider, drummer (and later guitarist) Keith Strickland, and guitarist Ricky Wilson (Cindy’s older brother) formed the band after a drunken night at a Chinese restaurant. They shared a passion for mixing and matching older styles with a partying, good-time public image, with set them apart from many staid contemporaries.

Their sound is particularly marked by the vocals of Wilson and Pierson, with Kate singing in a slightly deeper voice, along with the generally monotone or spoken-word vocals of Schneider. Aside from their vocals, the band also had a unique sound that was a combination of and music and , and the unusual guitar-string tunings utilized by Ricky Wilson.

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  • Jonnyplops

    You should go to more concerts then.

    20 Nov 12:08am Reply
  • MysticShit

    Best band i've ever seen live and that was last year!

    11 Nov 6:16am Reply
  • ukulelelab

    lobster rock lobster rock let's rock!

    17 Oct 6:39pm Reply
  • Janaina_Vieira

    27 Sep 1:26am Reply
  • rockopa53

    Rocky Lobster always and forever !

    23 Sep 7:25pm Reply
  • Amrabart

    I'd take them over Devo any day, personally

    6 Sep 11:02am Reply
  • mb40

    surf's up

    5 Sep 4:15pm Reply
  • Carneiro_

    Funplex tananan always my jam!

    2 Jul 6:53pm Reply
  • bowie_fan87

    I like the way Alec_Trevelyan thinks.

    21 Jun 11:32pm Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Maybe the most punk rock band, along with Devo, that are not actually punk rock but just as important to the movement.

    27 May 10:52pm Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Agreed.

    27 May 10:51pm Reply
  • hotfox63

    Bang bang bang on the door baby!

    27 May 11:28am Reply
  • stupidstuff

    I think of this way, Alec_Trevelyan: there is a clip online of the band reminiscing on the origin of Rock Lobster in which they mention that Ricky one day told them he had just come up with the stupidest riff ever. Now really, is 'stupidest riff ever' that far removed from 'guilty pleasure?' Well anyway, I do agree they were quite creative, and none of this is meant to disparage the band. I don't need to look any farther than Ricky's four-stringed guitar to see that a lack of creativity wasn't a pressing problem they had to face. Now please pass the tanning butta!

    10 Apr 9:36pm Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Guilty pleasure? The B52's are well respected! Listening to "Give Me Back My Man" displays how inventive their band was, and how talented Ricky Wilson really was, as he craved out this timeless sound. But of course, if you want to look on the side of "Love Shack" that's fine.

    9 Apr 12:34am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    и ведь постараться надо всего одним альбомом создать целую эстетику

    31 Jan 11:26am Reply
  • Fitst

    I would love for some new material- even just one new single or a digital EP

    27 Jan 3:50am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    Rock Lobster эпохален. Вообще, их дебютник, если бы не вторая сторона, мог бы побороться за звание лучшего лонгплея всех времен.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CURED

    Guiltiest pleasure ever.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • letsbolt

    endless love and fun.

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Do they have anything worthwile par their debut?

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
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