B-52s Shimmy Again

Wacky New Wave band releases its first new album in 16 years
By Eleanor Villforth,  Newser User
Posted Apr 14, 2008 2:30 PM CDT
The B-52s in a 1998 photo. Clockwise from top; Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson.    (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, file)
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(Newser) – Sixteen years after the release of their last album, the B-52s are still rocking the cosmic party, this time with the all-new album Funplex. The Georgia band still performs regularly, but "if we're going to keep doing this, we need new material," guitarist Keith Strickland told NPR. "And our fans were beginning to sort of bang on the door." 

The new album updates the band's wacky New Wave sound with electronic influences. Though now all in their 50s, the band members say their fans’ energy keeps them going. “Something in our music makes people bust loose," says beehived singer Kate Pierson, adding that they want to “keep doing it as long as we're having fun with it."