The B-52's

The B-52's

Initially, the gleefully eccentric party music of the B-52's - stripped-down, off-kilter funk, topped by chirpy vocals and lyrics crammed with 1950s and 1960s trivia - garnered such a large following at dance clubs and colleges that the band's debut album sold 500,000 copies despite minimal airplay. Named for the tall bouffant hairdos worn onstage by the two female members, the group claims that it originated in a jam session under the influence of tropical drinks.

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