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B-52 in NEW YORK, august 2010

The B-52s (originally formatted with an apostrophe as The B-52's) are an American New Wave 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, often incorporating camp, postmodern and other elements in innovative ways. The resulting unique "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 as a positive, enthusiastic, slightly wacky 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.

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

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