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Origin:
Athens, Georgia
Decades:
1976–present

The B-52s (originally formatted with an apostrophe as The B-52's) are an American rock band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. From 1976, the group consisted of Fred Schneider (percussion, vocals), Cindy Wilson (vocals), Kate Pierson (keyboards, vocals), Ricky Wilson (guitar), and Keith Strickland (drums). Rooted in New Wave and 1960s rock and roll, the group later worked in 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 (as in their songs "Private Idaho" and "Good Stuff"), are a trademark of the band. Presenting themselves as a positive, enthusiastic, slightly oddball party band, the B-52s focus on songs telling tall tales, glorifying wild youth, or celebrating wild romance.

The correct name for the band had long been "The B-52's", but in 2008 they dropped the greengrocers' apostrophe, with their official website and Funplex album and single covers reading "The B-52s".


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