The B-52s: Kate Pierson (vocals, guitar, organ, keyboard bass); Cindy Wilson (vocals, guitar, percussion); Fred Schneider (vocals, keyboards, walkie talkie); Ricky Wilson (guitar, smoke alarm); Keith Strickland (drums, percussion, Claire sounds).
Recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas.
Also available with WILD PLANET on 1 cassette.
Personnel: Kate Pierson (vocals, guitar, organ, keyboards); Cindy Wilson (vocals, guitar, bongos, tambourine); Fred Schneider (vocals, piano, keyboards); Ricky Wilson, Adey Wilson (guitar); Keith Strickland (drums, percussion, sound effects).
Recording information: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas.
Photographer: George DuBose.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Fred Schneider ; Adey Wilson; Keith Strickland.
Formed in Athens, Georgia, the B-52's emerged from this nominal outback with 'Rock Lobster', a quirky pop song that drew critical praise and engendered a major recording contract. The B-52's maintained the originality of that debut single, with staccato voices, vox guitar and surreal lyrics. Drawing on 60s kitsch ephemera, both aurally and visually, the quintet created a unified image, but one reflecting post-modernism rather than nostalgia. A cracked sense of humour lay at the core of this album, but the group's infectious joy and sense of purpose blend with danceable rhythms to ensure a quality more enduring than mere wackiness.
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.131) - Ranked #152 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "They played toy instruments, and their thrift-store image was as inventive and colorful as their music..."
Spin (p.104) - "At new wave's crest, nothing sounded as fresh and liberating as the B's."
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