Sometimes, you can’t associate music to a region. Coming from the American South, The B-52’s redefined what music was supposed to be from there. Then again, nothing was ever typical with the B-52’s.
Arriving in the late 70’s with their retro chic look, The B-52’s also had a sound as unique as their appearance. Their music had trace elements of Disco and with driving surf guitars and unique interchanges between the three singers they created a danceable New Wave style that was as eccentric as it was fun. Although they meet the Hall’s key requirement of innovation, their campy lyrics and look may overshadow what is a real solid Rock band.
The Bullet Points:
Previous Rank:2010: #56
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Athens, GA)
Why They Will Get In:
They are a lot more respected than people think.
Why They Won’t Get In:
They may not be able to overcome their kitschy image.
The B-52’s (1979)
Wild Planet (1981)
Bouncing off the Satellites (1986)
Cosmic Thing (1989)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Rock Lobster (From The B-52’s, 1979)
Planet Claire (From The B 52’s, 1979)
Party out of Bounds (From Wild Planet, 1981)
Give Me Back My Man (From Wild Planet, 1981)
Private Idaho (From Wild Planet, 1981)