Most bands come loaded with so many cultural references and spawn so many spin-offs, that they may as well become genres of their own. Think about it. How many Pearl Jams have there been since the ’90s (I’m looking at you, Staind)? How many Led Zeppelins have there been since the ’70s (ask Jack White)? Can you even count?
The B-52s are a rare exception. By all counts a major mainstream success, they carved their names indelibly into pop culture’s skin with off-beat hits like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack.”
They were also a bunch of middle-aged (bang, bang, bang), Pee Wee’s Playhouse-lookin’, new wave Athens art weirdos (on the door, BABY!), with a style that’s damn hard to identify in any other living band.
Who are the new B-52s? Katy Perry? Never Shout Never? Lady Gaga? Nope. Not at all. What’s the modern equivalent of “Love Shack?” Does it even exist? Screw on your thinking caps (hurry up!), watch the classic 1989 Club MTV performance of “Love Shack” below (and bring your!), and do your best to come up with today’s popular descendants of The B-52’s (jukebox money!). I dare you to find one.