There’s nothing like good music and caffeine to get you pumped up in the morning. Then hit the road and enjoy a little sunshine, fresh air blowing through your car windows, and the fun has begun.
Fun was the entire point when Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson played together in an impromptu session at a Chinese restaurant in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. Ultimately, they formed the wildly famous B-52s who wrote and performed the hit track, “Love Shack.”
The band named themselves after the hairstyle “Bouffard” — their name is actually southern slang for the outlandish updo, technically speaking.
Schneider recalls their first real gig was during Valentine’s in 1977 when they played at a friend’s home.
Their first single, “Rock Lobster” (1978), sold over 20K copies. From there, the B-52s only continued to expand and have now sold over 20-million albums to date.
They took a brief hiatus in 1985 when Ricky Wilson passed away from AIDs. He had worked on a number of songs for the next album, Passing Off The Satellites, which was later released in memory of him.
In 2013, Keith Strickland decided to hang up his hat on the touring days, though he decided to remain a member of the band.
It’s been almost 45 years since their humble beginnings and the B-52s is still going strong, with no intention to stop anytime soon. In fact, they’re planning a tour for 2022 (be prepared)!