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The B-52s: Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1998

HISTORY OF Athens perfect popsters with two new tracks. ...

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The B-52s (1986)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages audio, 21 August 1986

B-52s Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland talk about their new album, Bouncing Off the Satellites: how it took so long to finish and release; programming drums and working with producer Tony Mansfield. They also talk about the impossibility of touring without the recently deceased Ricky Wilson; their place in the current music scene, and attitude to criticism.

File format: mp3; file size: 43meg, interview length: 44' 47" sound quality: ****

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The B-52s: CBGB, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, November 1978

CHARLEY THE Soundman huddled behind his sacred mixing board and coolly surveyed the growing house. Packed literally to the rafters, the overflow crowd was an ...

The B-52's: Beehives Not Bombers

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Interview, February 1979

THE B-52'S is a rock and roll band from Athens, Georgia, that often plays in New York City. They recently wowed large audiences at the ...

Update: The B-52s

Profile and Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, April 1979

ARE THE B-52s now America's most popular un­signed "new wave" band? Not on the West Coast perhaps, where the group has yet to tour and ...

B-52s: War in the hair

Profile and Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 26 May 1979

  LAST YEAR was none helluva year for singles. Ones that graced the airwaves like 'Hong Kong Garden' and 'Rhythm Stick'. Ones that were just a ...

The B-52s: Hot Pants Cold Sweat And A Brand New Beehive Hair Do

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 9 June 1979

"Y'AHL WANT gumbo?" Kate Pierson peers around the kitchen door, tea-cloth slung across a sunburnt shoulder. Her deep southern accent tells us ahl that her ...

The B-52s: B-52s (Island)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, 30 June 1979

Yesterday's Sound Tomorrow ...

The B-52s: The B-52s (Island)

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 30 June 1979

ANYONE WITH even half an ear cocked to the dialogue that surrounds the music must have heard by now that they're living in some sort ...

The B-52s, Fashiøn: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 14 July 1979

SUNDAY WAS hipper-than-hip night at the Lyceum, which meant that the girls plastered up their curls into various bouffant permutations and wore their tightest fitting ...

The B-52s: I Belong to Dada

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, 14 July 1979

TIM LOTT flies with the B-52s ...

The B-52s: Life With a Wig On

Report and Interview by David Hepworth, Sounds, 21 July 1979


On Target with the B-52s

Interview by Howard Wuelfing, Unicorn Times, December 1979

Setting their sights beyond Athens, Georgia ...

The B-52s: Climate Control In The Land Of 16 Dances

Interview by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, December 1979

MOST PEOPLE, when discussing/remembering the beach party movies, don't take Jody McCrea into account. There was a nerd in the surf. This relates to The ...

The B-52s: They Came From Behind The Luncheonette Counter!!!

Interview by Cynthia Rose, Viz, 1980

The B52’s, of Athens, Georgia, are the first cult band who look like surviving the transition into a new decade – their music is individual ...

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

Interview by 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, ...

The B-52's: Wild Planet (Warner Bros. BSK 3471)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 September 1980


Heatwave Festival: Crouching Towards Bowmanville Or Elvis: What Happened?

Report by Susan Whitall, Creem, November 1980

I MUST confess to hating "rock festivals" with some passion. My response to the rhetorical "Would you have gone to Woodstock?" question has always been ...

Heatwave Festival: Punk Woodstock Meets The Ugly American

Report by Dave DiMartino, Creem, November 1980

JUST OUT of the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, a friend and I are fighting a losing battle. We're trying to take Canada seriously.  ...

The B-52's: Wild Planet (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, November 1980

EVEN THE most novel ideas can fall victim to the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt. In 1978, when exuberant dance music was a rare ...

The B-52’s: Hair Today Gone Tomorrow?

Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, 3 January 1981

The Bouffants That Broke The Box Office: A Boffo Success Story by Cynthia Rose ...

The B-52s: Mesopotamia (Island)

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 13 February 1982

A BRIEF encounter between two of the most deceptively insidious forces in new American music – David Byrne's irresistible art scalpel and The B-52's immovable ...

The B-52s: Mesopotamia (Island)****1/2

Review by Betty Page, Sounds, 13 February 1982

OOOOH, C'MON, hey, wow, yeah, party, watusi, fandango, pistachio...Nuts. ...

Do You Dig The B-52s?

Interview by Toby Goldstein, Creem, July 1982


The B-52's

Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, 4 June 1983

Today's environment – a dizzying mélange of neon, advertisement, slum detritus and 'junk culture' – has fascinated artists and poets since the 1950s. But not ...

Steven Stanley: "Youth Sound"

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, November 1983

Common Sense at Compass Point. ...

The B-52's Come Back From Tragedy

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 10 August 1989

THE B-52'S are, perhaps, the ultimate summertime, party-time band of the '80s — the upbeat, whacked-out, wigged-out chroniclers of kitsch, the guys and gals who ...

The B-52s: Mission Accomplished

Report and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 22 March 1990


The B-52s: Greening Insanely

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 16 June 1990

All roads lead to 'Roam'! They used to be totally crackers but now they prattle on about saving the planet and looking after the old ...

The B-52s: When Your World Falls Apart…

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, July 1990

Fate dealt a sobering blow to the plastic-shoed party terrorists from Athens, Georgia: their principal songwriter died when they were on the verge of worldwide ...

The B-52s: Dance This Mess Around

Review by David Cavanagh, Select, August 1990

THE B-52's have had a best of on the cards ever since 'Love Shack' jitterbugged (or was it the aqua-velva?) its way up the charts ...

The B-52's Latest Wave

Interview by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 29 May 1998

IS IT TIME YET? Cindy Wilson, one of the B-52's three singers-front folks, waves a figurative finger in the wind. "I think," she says, "it ...

B-52s: The Love Shack Shakes Again

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, 3 April 2008

It's 30 years since the hairdos and harmonies of the B-52s propelled them to stardom. With their new album, as Robert Sandall discovers, the party ...


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