The B-52s

Formed October 1976.
The B-52s


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).

Rooted in new wave and 1960s rock and roll, the group later covered many genres ranging from post-punk to pop rock. The "guy vs. gals" vocals of Schneider, Pierson, and Wilson, sometimes used in call and response style ("Strobe Light," "Private Idaho", and "Good Stuff"), are a trademark.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Funplex

    Funplex 2008

    Reviewed by Chris White
    They should be applauded for proving they can still deliver an album that's so much fun.
  2. Review of Cosmic Thing

    Cosmic Thing 1989

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    A celebration of life and wonder that reignited the Georgia band’s career.
  3. Review of The B-52's

    The B-52's 1979

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...The band's Dansette-style, dance-friendly pop blended perfectly with their retro...
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