T.O.T.W – The B-52’s


The B-52’s by Kevin Patrick Law

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The B-52s (styled as The B-52’s prior to 2008) is an American new wave band formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals, keyboards), Cindy Wilson (vocals, percussion), Ricky Wilson (lead guitar), and Keith Strickland (drums, rhythm guitar, keyboards). Ricky Wilson died from AIDS-related illness in 1985, and Strickland switched from drums to lead guitar. The band also added touring members for albums and live performances.

The group evoked a “thrift shop aesthetic”, in the words of Bernard Gendron, by drawing from 1950s and 1960s pop sources, trash culture, and rock and roll. Schneider, Pierson, and Wilson sometimes use call and response style vocals, and their guitar and keyboard-driven instrumentation composes their trademark sound. The band has had many hits, including “Rock Lobster”, “Planet Claire”, “Private Idaho”, “Legal Tender”, “Love Shack”, and “Roam”.


I cannot remember the exact year l first started hearing the sound of the B-52’s but l think it was more than likely very later 70’s and earlier 80’s. a totally brilliant group in my eyes with some solid hits, l think the first song l ever heard was indeed Rock Lobster which was in the Top 40. Nothing quite beats the tracks from these guys.

1 – Rock Lobster – 1979

2 – Private Idaho – 1980

3 – Love Shack – 1989

4 – Planet Claire – 1979

5 – Wig – 1986

6 – Legal Tender – 1983

7 – Roam – 1989

8 – Good Stuff – 1992

9 – 52 Girls – 1979

10 – The Flintstones – 1994

11 – Summer of Love – 1986

12 – Revolution Earth – 1992

13 – Funplex – 2008

14 – Quiche Lorraine – 1980

15 – Juliet of the Sprits – 2008


There we go folks – my 15 best from The B-52’s – are you an avid fan, a devout follower or a teeny listener yourself? Let me know below!

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