B-52's









B-52's

B-52's

was formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The name of the band comes from the beehive hairdo which was very popular at that time. The hair was piled high on the head by wrapping it around and around and had an open hole at the top. The female members of the group wore wigs with this style in their early years of recording and touring. The two female singers were Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson. Cindy and Kate were the founding members of the band. They recruited Keith Strickland (drummer), Ricky Wilson (guitar player and Cindyís older brother), and Fred Schneider (vocalist). The group played their first gig in 1977 at a St. Valentines Day party for some of their friends. The band considered their music style to be a combination of dance and surf music but set apart by the unusual guitar playing of Ricky Wilson. The groups costumes were from a thrift store and this set them apart from others. In 1978, the group released their first single called Rock Lobster. The single was recorded for DB Records, and was an underground success which led to the groupís performing at CBGBís and Maxís Kansas City, in New York City. The flip side of the single was 52 Girls. There were two versions of the single which was released in the U. K. And the flip side of the other version was Running Around.

The groups first debut album, The B52's, had re-recorded versions of Rock Lobster and 52 Girls. As well as six other original songs and the remake of Petula Clarkís, Downtown. The album would eventually become platinum. The album was more popular overseas than it was in the United States. It was especially successful in Australia. When it reached number 7 on the charts and had 3 single hits from it. The singles were Planet Claire which reached number 43, Rock Lobster which hit number 3 on the charts, and Private Idaho reached number 11 on the charts. Rock Lobster was the first, for the group, to reach the Top Hot 100 chart. The groupís follow up album, Wild Planet, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 in 1980. The album was also certified gold. Party Mix was their next release and it was a remix album which was a combination of tracks from the first two albums. Their next one was Mesopotamia EP in 1982 and it as well as Party Mix were both released together on a CD. In 1983 they released The Whammy. Legal Tender was their 3rd single to hit the charts. The group continued to record and had a total of 12 albums, 26 singles, 2 videos, and 1 laserdisc.