The B‐52s

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The B-52s (styled as The B-52's prior to 2008) are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. Their best selling songs have been "Love Shack" and "Roam" while "Rock Lobster" remains a well-known hit. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider (lead vocals), Kate Pierson (backing vocals, keyboards), Cindy Wilson (backing vocals, percussion), Ricky Wilson (lead guitar), and Keith Strickland (drums, rhythm guitar, keyboards). After Ricky Wilson's death from AIDS in 1985, Strickland switched from drums to lead guitar. The band also added touring members for albums and live performances.

Rooted in new wave and 1960s rock and roll, the group later straddled 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, and their unique guitar and keyboard driven instrumentation, are their trademark sound.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 The B‐52’s The B‐52’s 5 16
1980 Wild Planet The B‐52’s 7
1983 Whammy! The B‐52’s 3 6
1986 Bouncing off the Satellites The B‐52’s 5 5
1989 Cosmic Thing The B‐52’s 4 9
1992 Good Stuff The B‐52’s 8
2008 Funplex The B-52s 5 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 The Best of The B‐52’s: Dance This Mess Around The B‐52’s 4 2
1995 Planet Claire The B‐52’s 2
1998 Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation The B‐52’s 3 4
2002 Nude on the Moon: The B‐52’s Anthology The B‐52’s 1
2012 Original Album Series The B‐52’s 1
2014 The Complete Studio Album Collection 1979-1992 The B-52s 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA The B‐52s 3
2015 Live! 8‐24‐1979 The B‐52’s 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Party Mix! The B‐52’s 5
1991 Party Mix / Mesopotamia The B‐52’s 4 2
2008 Funplex Remix EP The B-52s 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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 2
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 Girl From Impanema Goes to Greenland The B‐52’s 1
1986 Rock Lobster The B-52s 2
1986 Summer of Love The B-52s 1
1987 Wig The B‐52s 1
1989 Love Shack The B‐52’s 8
1989 Channel Z The B-52s 5 2
1989 Deadbeat Club The B-52s 2
1989 Roam The B-52s 5
1992 Good Stuff The B‐52’s 2
1992 Is That You Mo‐Dean? The B‐52’s 1
1992 Revolution Earth / Is That You Mo‐Dean? The B‐52’s 1
1992 Tell It Like It T-I-Is The B-52s 2
1998 Hallucinating Pluto The B-52s 1
1998 Summer of Love ’98 The B-52s 1
1999 (At the) Love Shack The B‐52’s meet DJ Tonka 1
Love Shack The B‐52s 1
Love Shack The B‐52s 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Juliet of the Spirits The B‐52s 2

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 (Meet) The Flintstones The B.C.‐52’s 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Mesopotamia The B‐52’s 7


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Hi Five The B-52s 1

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