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The B-52s

The B-52s

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Booking The B-52s

To book The B-52s or another Rock artist for your private party, corporate event, fundraiser or other function, please fill out our Artist Request Form to quickly connect with one of our Booking Agents.

The staff of Headline Booking Group will work with you to produce a memorable event. Get started now by filling out our no-obligation Artist Request Form and we will work with you to book The B-52s or another Rock artist for your event.

 

 


Biography

Formed on an October night in 1976 folowing drinks at an Athens, GA, Chinese restaurant, the band played their first gig at a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day 1977. Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated ‘bouffant’ hairdos, the newly-christened B-52s (Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson) began weekend road trips to New York City for gigs at CBGB’s and a handful of other venues. Before long, their thrift store aesthetic and genre-defying songs were the talk of the post-punk underground. A record deal soon followed and their self-titled debut disc, produced by Chris Blackwell, sold more than 500,000 copies on the strength of their first singles, the garage rock party classic ‘Rock Lobster,’ and ’52 Girls.’ The B-52s 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.

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With the release of their second studio effort, Wild Planet (1980), the B-52s and co-producer Rhett Davies proved their success was no fluke with hits with ‘Private Idaho,’ ‘Give Me Back My Man’ and ‘Strobe Light.’ In just two albums, the B-52s created a lexicon of songs, styles, phrases and images which would set the standard for the development of the ‘alternative music scene’ for the next decade. The success of Mesopotamia, produced by David Byrne (1982), and Whammy! (1983) positioned the B-52s as MTV regulars as well as alternative radio staples.

Working together on vocal melodies, lyrics and arrangements for the new tracks, Keith, Kate, Fred and Cindy re-emerged with the Don Was/Nile Rodgers co-produced Cosmic Thing (1989). The album proved to be the greatest commercial achievement for the group, and its success propelled the band to international superstars.

Cosmic Thing soared to the top of the Billboard Album chart, sold five million copies and yielded their first-ever Hot 10 hits ‘Love Shack’ and ‘Roam’ and a Top 40 hit with ‘Deadbeat Club.’ The B-52s advanced their reputation as the greatest party band on the planet to a whole new generation of music fans.

Reuniting permanently with Cindy, the B-52s wrote and recorded two newtracks that fit perfectly into Time Capsule, a 1998 stellar collection of hits. The first single from the Best Of collection, ‘Debbie’ is a metaphorical tribute to band friend and supporter Debbie Harry and the whole CBGB’s scene of the late ’70s. With the release of the two-disc collection Nude on the Moon: the B-52s Anthology (2002), the B-52s took much-deserved credit for a body of work that is unique, beloved and timeless in its own way.

In 2008 the B-52s released their first new album in 16 years, the aptly titled Funplex. With its primal guitar hooks, driving drums and the B-52s’ unmistakable vocal style, Funplex is instantly recognizable as quintessential and contemporary B-52s.

As the B-52s continue to take their party-music revolution into the 21st century they show no signs of slowing down, serving up their own unique blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.

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