(active 1976 - present) U.S.A.
Named after the 1950's inspired "bouffant hairdos" favoured by the two female members of the band, the B-52's formedon an October night in 1976, in a low-rent lark in Athens, Georgia. The first members were Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson.
This band emerged as a New Wave group and continued to progress and evolve throughout the next 20 years with twenty million albums. Even the untimely death of guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985 didn't stop them; drummer Keith Strickland took over the duties, and the B-52's went on to release the successful Cosmic Thing. Still going strong, the B-52's now have a total of 10 official albums and numerous singles behind them, as well as numerous bootlegs, solo projects, and compilation appearances.
Left to right: Kate Pierson (vocals, organ), Fred Schneider (vocals, bass), Keith Strickland (drums), Ricky Wilson (guitar) and Cindy Wilson (vocals, bongos)
Exhausted from constant touring including a 1990 Earth Day gig before nearly 750,000 people in New York City's Central Park and promotion to ensure their hard-won success, the band took stock and, soon thereafter, Cindy Wilson amicably departed. Meanwhile, Kate collaborated with other artists, including Athens compatriots R.E.M.
One example of their fun and creativity was their appearance as the B.C. 52's in the 1994 film The Flintstones, where they covered the famous theme song. In more recent history, the B-52's just completed their summer US tour with the Go-GO's and the Psychedelic Furs.
With virtually no radio support, the B-52's began to attract fans far beyond the punk clubs of the Lower East Side galvanizing the pop world with their 'stream-of-consciousness' approach to songwriting and outrageous performance.