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The Guide to Cult Status with those Wild! Wacky! B-52’s!

Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 20 September 1980

The B-52’s are a "clever" jokey dance combo. Before they achieved their current commercial success, they were a gang of pals hanging around in Athens, Georgia, a sleepy student town. The gang decided to form a band — Fred, Keith, Ricky, Cindy and Kate. They rehearsed for a year’s worth of parties in the back room of the Eldorado vegetarian restaurant, where Fred (the politico of the group) was a waiter. The Eldorado used to be a funeral parlour; the band rehearsed in the old blood-letting room, complete with blood sloughing troughs and cockroaches. These were the days...

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