The B-52's

The B-52's

The B-52s
(styled as The B-52's prior to 2008) are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider (vocals, percussion, keyboards), Kate Pierson (organ, bass, vocals), Cindy Wilson (vocals, bongos, tambourine, guitar), Ricky Wilson (guitars), and Keith Strickland (drums, guitars, synthesizers, various instruments). Following Ricky Wilson's death in 1985 Strickland switched full-time to guitar. The band subsequently added various musicians for their live shows. This included Sara Lee or Tracy Wormworth on (bass), Zachary Alford or Sterling Campbell on (drums, percussion) and Pat Irwin or Paul Gordon (keyboards & guitars). (Read more at Wikipedia)

Links to Peel

Peel quite enjoyed the weird, danceable, humoristic style by the band and played their records quite often, while they were in their prime. They were not above his critiques, though: for example, on 10 July 1980 he expressed fear that they were a "one song band". This might explain why as time went by, The B-52's were featured lesser and lesser. Four albums by the band ("The B-52's", "Wild Planet", "Party Mix" and "Mesopotamia", an EP produced by David Byrne of Talking Heads) were found in his record collection .

On 04 October 1978, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, phoned up to ask John Peel about the band's debut single ("Rock Lobster") after the DJ had played it the previous week.


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B-52's Rock Lobster

B-52's Rock Lobster

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Cover Versions

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