B52s fly in for a party

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FOR some, Love Shack is the one and only memory they have of the B52s: which is a 
pity.

As light and bouncy as their biggest hit is, the band have a back catalogue stretching to the late 70s.

The B52s were first formed in 1976 in Athens, Georgia, and have always marched to the beat of their own drum.

There first hit, Rock Lobster, was released in 1978 and became an underground hit.

Although, my favourite song of theirs from that time is Give Me Back My Man, which has a rhythm that makes you toes tap.

This was followed by a string of songs which were to form the sound of the band such as Dance This Mess Around and Private Idaho.

But it was to be another 11 years — during which the band was hit by the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson — before the massive hit, Love Shack, was to appear in 1989.

With its party feel and happy-go-lucky video, Love Shack gave the band their first top-40 hit on America’s Billboard Hot 100 and climbed as high as three in that chart.

Another hit from the same album was Roam, which also proved a hit.

Over the years the band’s members have branched out and accomplished other things but they have never broken up.

And now they’re ready to roll into Glasgow and give the city the biggest party it’s seen in years.

The B52s play the O2 ABC on Monday. Tickets are £28.50 (subject to a booking fee).