The B-52s

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"The B-52s" (without apostrophe) is currently this band's official name, so please don't change it back to "The B-52's". Thank you.

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Also performs as: The BC-52's


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

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1979 The B-52’s / Play Loud The B-52’s 5 13
1980 Wild Planet The B-52’s 4
1983 Whammy! The B-52s 3 4
1986 Bouncing off the Satellites The B-52s 5 4
1989 Cosmic Thing The B-52s 4 7
1992 Good Stuff The B-52s 8
2008 Funplex The B-52s 5 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Dance This Mess Around Compilation The B-52s 4 1
1995 Planet Claire Compilation The B-52s 2
1998 Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation Compilation The B-52s 3 3
2002 Nude on the Moon: The B-52's Anthology Compilation The B-52s 1
2014 The Complete Studio Album Collection 1979-1992 Compilation The B-52s 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 With the Wild Crowd! (live in Athens, GA) Live The B-52s 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Party Mix! Remix The B-52s 4
1991 Party Mix / Mesopotamia Remix The B-52s 4 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Rock Lobster The B-52’s 2
1979 52 Girls The B-52s 1
1979 6060‒842 The B-52s 1
1979 Rock Lobster The B-52’s 1
1980 Dirty Back Road The B-52’s 1
1980 Give Me Back My Man The B-52’s 2
1980 Private Idaho The B-52s 1
1986 Rock Lobster The B-52s 2
1986 Summer of Love The B-52s 1
1989 Love Shack The B-52s 8
1989 Channel Z The B-52s 5 2
1989 Deadbeat Club The B-52s 2
1989 Roam The B-52s 4
1992 Good Stuff The B-52s 1
1992 Is That You Mo-Dean? The B-52s 1
1992 Tell It Like It T-I-Is The B-52s 1
1998 Hallucinating Pluto The B-52s 1
1998 Summer of Love '98 The B-52s 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 Mesopotamia The B-52s 5

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1986 Girl From Impanema Goes to Greenland The B-52's 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Hi Five Compilation The B-52s 1

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