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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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  • crispimluc

    legal tender <3

    5 hours ago Reply
  • bpr97050

    Ricky Wilson is my waifu <3

    27 Jul 5:06pm Reply
  • dashstudenroth

    Good Stuff <3

    30 May 10:55pm Reply
  • hotwheels47125

    Finding out that the collection has finally been remastered made my month of April 2015!

    2 May 1:50am Reply
  • Lucastrike

    I think I've got a slight obsession over this band. And that's a good thing.

    26 Apr 9:47am Reply
  • lucaslups

    Good Stuff is one of the most underrated albums ever. Love it!

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MysticShit

    I don't care much for seeing bands live at this point in my life...

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MysticShit

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

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ukulelelab

    lobster rock lobster rock let's rock!

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Janaina_Vieira

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • rockopa53

    Rocky Lobster always and forever !

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    I'd take them over Devo any day, personally

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mb40

    surf's up

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Carneiro_

    Funplex tananan always my jam!

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • bowie_fan87

    I like the way Alec_Trevelyan thinks.

    21 Jun 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Agreed.

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • hotfox63

    Bang bang bang on the door baby!

    27 May 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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