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The B-52s (styled as The B-52's prior to 2008)[1] 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.



One of the first members of the first "Athens Revolution", the B-52's are, according to their website "The World's Greatest Party Band", and few would say "hey! No they're not!" Hard to believe that they've been going strong for almost 25 years, although they HAVE spent the last 13 or so in hiding. Ranging from their dancy and nervous debut in 1979 to the dance rock wonderfulness of "Cosmic Thing," this band has shown time and time again that they're no novelty act, and that like it or not, they have changed the musical landscape. Without 'em, there would be no They Might Be Giants, Architecture In Helsinki, and probably no Franz Ferdinand.





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