152) The B-52’s

The B-52’s

Posted Nov 01, 2003 12:00 AM

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The B-52's' debut sounds like a bunch of high school friends cramming all their running jokes, goofy sounds and private nicknames into a New Wave record. "We never thought it would get past our circle of friends in Athens [Georgia]," vocalist Fred Schneider told Rolling Stone. It turned out that nobody could resist the band's campy, arty funk, or the eccentric squeals and bouffant hairdos of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. (Playing organ, Pierson also defined the band's sound.) They played toy instruments, and their thrift-store image was as inventive and colorful as their music -- which, with "Rock Lobster," was pretty inventive and colorful.

Total album sales: 1 million

Peak chart position: 59

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