History Music / TheB52s

29th Apr '18 4:59:36 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* '''''Fred Schneider''''' - vocals, cowbell, toy piano, glockenspiel
* '''''Kate Pierson''''' - vocals, keyboards, maracas
* '''''Keith Strickland''''' - guitar, drums, keyboards, programming, backing vocals
* '''''Cindy Wilson''''' - vocals, tambourine, bongos
* '''Ricky Wilson''' (deceased) - guitar

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* '''''Fred Schneider''''' - vocals, cowbell, toy piano, glockenspiel
glockenspiel (1979-present)
* '''''Kate Pierson''''' - vocals, keyboards, maracas
maracas (1979-present)
* '''''Keith Strickland''''' - guitar, drums, keyboards, programming, backing vocals
vocals (1979-present)
* '''''Cindy Wilson''''' - vocals, tambourine, bongos
bongos (1979-1990, 1996-present)
* '''Ricky Wilson''' (deceased) - guitar
guitar (1979-1985, died 1985)



* TheBandMinusTheFace: Two examples:
** The first is any of their post-1985 releases, barring "Bouncing Off of Satellites" thanks to Ricky Wilson's death. His death necessitated a GenreShift from quirky NewWave to club-friendly PopRock, though the quirkiness never ''fully'' went away.
** The second is ''Good Stuff'', which was the only release by the band as a trio without Cindy Wilson.



* BreakupSong: "Ain't It A Shame" (the female perspective) and "Dancing Now" (the [gay] male perspective).

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* BreakupSong: "Ain't It A Shame" (the female perspective) and "Dancing Now" (the [gay] gay male perspective).



* TheBusCameBack: In 1990, Cindy Wilson formally departed the band to focus on her family. She returned in 1996, and has stayed with the band ever since.



* CallBack: The line "Dirty and dusty trails" in Roam is one to Dirty Back Road.
* {{Camp}}

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* CallBack: The line "Dirty and dusty trails" in Roam is one to their previous song Dirty Back Road.
* {{Camp}}{{Camp}}: The band is quite a goofy one, with their thrift store aesthetic and ''very'' silly songs.



* CastFullOfGay: Schneider, Strickland, and Ricky Wilson are all gay, and Kate Pierson is bi.



* TheEighties

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* TheEightiesTheEighties: This decade is when most of the band's noteworthy events happened: They garnered a cult following, their guitarist died, they went into seclusion, and then came back with "Love Shack."



* LargeHam: Fred Schneider. Give him a mic and he ''will'' ham it up, even if the song doesn't need it.

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* LargeHam: All of the singers have their moments, but Fred Schneider.Schneider especially takes the cake. Give him a mic and he ''will'' ham it up, even if the song doesn't need it.



* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 5; the current lineup of Strickland, Schneider, Pierson and Wilson has lasted since 1996, after Cindy Wilson rejoined the band (see TheBusCameBack above). The classic lineup of Strickland, Schneider, Pierson and the ''two'' Wilsons missed being a type 1 by 4 years (1979-1985).



* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]

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* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]Wave]]: One of the greats!



* TheSeventies

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* TheSeventiesTheSeventies: Formed in '78, released their debut album in '79.



* WastedSong: "Ain't It A Shame" is routinely cited as the great hit single that never was, and might have been had it not been for the lack of promotion behind "Bouncing Off The Satellites". The song has somewhat been VindicatedByHistory as SineadOConnor covered it, it appeared on "Nude On The Moon" and Cindy has performed it live on solo tours.

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* WastedSong: "Ain't It A Shame" is routinely cited as the great hit single that never was, and might have been had it not been for the lack of promotion behind "Bouncing Off The Satellites". The song has somewhat been VindicatedByHistory as SineadOConnor Music/fSineadOConnor covered it, it appeared on "Nude On The Moon" and Cindy has performed it live on solo tours.
23rd Apr '18 9:32:03 PM Discord_and_Dine
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It was a rock lobster

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It ''It was a rock lobsterlobster''
23rd Apr '18 9:30:25 PM Discord_and_Dine
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* {{Animorphism}}: Sort of, in "Rock Lobster". Someone's earlobe turns into a lobster:
--> ''His earlobe fell in the deep''\\
''Someone reached in and grabbed it''\\
It was a rock lobster
16th Dec '17 9:52:45 PM 64SuperNintendo
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** Who could forget "Glove Slap" for the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", a section from ''Love Shack'' which the band rerecorded for the occasion (and is included on The Simpsons' Testify compilation.

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** Who could forget "Glove Slap" for the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", a section from ''Love Shack'' which the band rerecorded for the occasion (and occasion, and is included on The Simpsons' Testify compilation.
7th Nov '17 8:37:02 AM doglover502
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* The intro song to ''WesternAnimation/TheGroovenians''
3rd Nov '17 10:13:22 PM DavidDelony
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* DuctTapeForEverything: Ricky Wilson was known for his duct tape guitar strap.
30th Aug '17 2:34:13 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Not that amazing if you consider that they barely released anything during the 90s and 2000s. There was a 16 year gap between 1992's ''Good Stuff'' and 2008's ''Funplex'' (although they did do several new recordings including the new songs "Debbie" and "Hallucinating Pluto" during that time).
** While they didn't release new material, they did continue to tour and never disbanded completely during that period. Their continued popularity on tour resulted in the release of ''Funplex'' (which became their second-biggest selling album).
1st Aug '17 5:26:54 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** That song is full of them: "Want to be [[Franchise/StarTrek the captain of the]]'' [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''?" "Want to be [[{{Frankenstein}} the son of Frankenstein]]?"

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*** That song is full of them: "Want to be [[Franchise/StarTrek the captain of the]]'' [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''?" "Want to be [[{{Frankenstein}} [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} the son of Frankenstein]]?"
30th Jul '17 11:33:58 PM TroperBeDoper
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* MagnumOpusDissonance: Whilst critics will usually state the s/t or Cosmic Thing as the band's best album, fans almost universally like Wild Planet or Whammy the best.
** Within the band itself. Whilst Fred, Kate, and Keith all like "Wild Planet" best, Cindy likes "Bouncing Off The Satellites" most, owing to the bittersweet qualities of it being her brother Ricky's last album as well as having several of her most popular songs such as "Ain't It A Shame" on the album.
15th Jul '17 7:44:23 PM Schroeder1174
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** "Deadbeat Club" has quite an upbeat tune but the lyrics are about nostalgia for things you can't get back. "Roam" is about wanting to travel to take your mind of depression.

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** "Deadbeat Club" has quite an upbeat tune but the lyrics are about nostalgia for things you can't get back. "Roam" is about wanting to travel to take your mind of off depression.
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