The B-52s, a quintet made up of Fred Schneider, Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, Ricky Wilson and Keith Strickland, have set themselves apart from the rest of the pop music by sticking to their own unique style over the decades while blossoming into a widely worshipped cult band. Presented as a positive, enthusiastic, quirky party band, the B-52s have focused on songs telling tall tales, glorifying wild youth, or celebrating wild romance, all set to a danceable New Wave beat, colorful, thrifted costume-wear, the uniquely conversational banter between Schneider and Cindy Wilson and the out-of-tune plucks of Ricky Wilsonâ€™s guitar. Named after a beehive hairstyle, the band got their start after the release of their first single, â€œRock Lobsterâ€, playing CBGBâ€™s in New York.
After two highly successful albums, Ricky Wilson died suddenly from AIDS complications and the band went took a break to mourn their loss. What came of the new material following the hiatus was their most popular stuff yet: Cosmic Thing (1989) featuring â€œLove Shackâ€ and â€œRoamâ€. While the band released a collection of hits from their career, they released original material in the form of Funplex in 2008, debuting at 11 on the Billboard charts. They were among the star studded lineup at this yearâ€™s Hullabalou in Kentucky and will play at the Cape Cod Melody Tent on August 21st.