LIVE: The B-52s

The B-52s turned Humphrey's By the Bay into one giant "love shack" on Aug. 15.

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The B-52s headlined Humphrey's By the Bay on Aug. 15.
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The New Wave group performed all their hit songs for the sold-out crowd.
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Humphrey's is always a great bet for a show -- with the bay providing a picturesque setting.
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The group formed in 1976 in Athens, Georgia.
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Rooted in New Wave and 1960s rock & roll, the group later covered many genres, ranging from post-punk to pop rock.
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The original lineup consisted of Fred Schneider (center; vocals, percussion, keyboards), Kate Pierson (right; organ, keyboards, bass, vocals), Cindy Wilson (left; vocals, bongos, tambourine), Ricky Wilson (guitars, bass) and Keith Strickland (drums, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers).
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Following Wilson's death in 1985, Strickland switched full-time to guitar. The band subsequently added various musicians for live shows.
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This included Sara Lee or Tracy Wormworth (bass), Zachary Alford or Sterling Campbell (drums, percussion) and Pat Irwin or Paul Gordon (keyboards & guitars).
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The "guy vs. gals" vocals of Schneider, Pierson and Wilson, sometimes used in call-and-response style ("Strobe Light," "Private Idaho" and "Good Stuff"), are a trademark.
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The band's name comes from a particular beehive hairdo resembling the nose cone of the aircraft of the same name.
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The band's quirky take on the New Wave sound of their era was a combination of dance and surf music. Also setting it apart from its contemporaries: the unusual guitar tunings of Ricky Wilson and thrift-store chic.
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"Rock Lobster" and "Love Shack" are two of the band's biggest hits.
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In 1999, they recorded a parody of "Love Shack" for "The Simpsons" called "Glove Slap."
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As "The BC-52's," they appeared in "The Flintstones" live-action movie and sang the title song. When released as a single, it reached No. 33 in the U.S. and No. 3 in the UK.
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In 1994, Pierson and Schneider also sang on the theme song for the Nickelodeon series "Rocko's Modern Life."
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Pierson guest-starred on a track from a fellow Athens band: "Shiny Happy People," by R.E.M., which reached No. 10 in September 1991. Pierson also appeared on various other songs by the R.E.M.
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The B-52's most recent album, "Funplex," was released in 2008.
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