Sunday, June 05, 2011

The 100 Greatest Bands of all time - #92 The B-52s

As fun party bands go, it doesn’t get much better than this little band from Athens, GA. The release of “Rock Lobster” in 1978 brought them a national audience and the party was on. Keith Strickland’s insistent drums, Ricky Wilson’s highly original guitar style, Fred Schneider’s rap that sounded like nobody else ever did, and the phenomenal harmonies of Cindy Wilson and (love, love, love) Kate Pierson came together and made magic. For the record, I would happily listen to Kate Pierson singing the phone book. The band took a long hiatus after the premature death of Ricky Wilson, but came back stronger than ever with some of their biggest hits yet. Though not often mentioned, I love just how truly Southern this band is. So much fun!

Total classic.

Ricky Wilson was a very underrated guitar player. He never got the credit he deserved.

There's a lot of ruins in Mesopotamia.

La la la la la la.

This song is so much fun. What's that on your head?

Here's the big comeback hit. Tin Roof! Rusted.

and we finish our look at the B-52s with Roam. As I said, I love Kate Pierson. She is one of my favorite female voices. 

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