metal + hardcore
pop punk + alt-rock
indie spins


The B-52's Go "Nude"

Nearly twenty-five years after the B-52’s formed in Athens, Georgia, the band’s career will get an overview with the January 15th release of the double-disc anthology Nude on the Moon. In addition to B-52’s standards “Rock Lobster,” “Roam” and “Love Shack,” the compilation will contain rarities, including a previously unreleased version of “Queen of Las Vegas” from sessions the group did with David Byrne for the Mesopotamia EP and a live version of “Is That You Mo-Dean?” recorded in the last year.

Singer Fred Schneider says the B-52’s are actively involved in the set, pouring through pictures and assembling liner notes. “It’s a good way to find out about the group,” he says. “We were one of the originators of original New Wave. We didn’t try to water anything down – we’ve been told we took punk and watered it down. We didn’t do that; we just did our own thing. I think we’re originals. Original homegrown music from Georgia. With a twist.”

The thirty-five-track collection traces the band’s progression from the campy act that churned out underground favorites such as “Dance This Mess Around” and “Planet Claire” (from their 1979 self-titled debut) through the multi-million pop sound of the group’s comeback album, Cosmic Thing, the first album recorded after the 1985 death of original guitarist Ricky Wilson, and beyond.

“We really appealed to a broad base of people,” says Schneider. “Our first album sold a million copies with virtually no radio play, except for college stations and a few alternative stations that were out there. We had fans from punk to housewives to kids to college students. It was really strange.”

In recent years, the B-52’s have only played sporadic dates, and the group hasn’t recorded an album of new material since 1992’s Good Stuff. But they are making plans to play a twenty-fifth anniversary show in February. “We’re talking now about doing a new album, so hopefully that will happen,” says Schneider. “I think we’re on better terms now than we were even a while ago. It’s hard for a group to come together and create when everyone’s scattered all throughout the country.”

We utilize cookie technology to collect data regarding the number of visits a person has made to our site. This data is stored in aggregate form and is in no way singled out in an individual file. This information allows us to know what pages/sites are of interest to our users and what pages/sites may be of less interest. See more