Cindy Wilson (of the B-52's)
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The B-52's were formed in 1976. Cindy Wilson, her older brother and guitarist Ricky Wilson, organist and vocalist Kate Pierson, drummer and percussionist Keith Strickland, and vocalist Fred Schneider played an impromptu musical jam session after sharing a tropical Flaming Volcano drink at a local Chinese restaurant. They later played their first concert in 1977 at a Valentine's Day party for their friends. Cindy Wilson and the others broke into the music world with their campy, '60s retro band. Their 1979 debut album The B-52's, yielded the hit singles "Rock Lobster" and "Planet Claire" and launched the band into stardom.
The 1980s and 1990s
On April 21, 1985, Cindy Wilson married Keith Bennett, a successful advertiser who was a longtime friend of the band and Ricky's guitar tech on tour. Ricky Wilson died later that year, leaving her devastated. Cindy Wilson took a sabbatical from the band in 1990 to concentrate on raising a family. Wilson rejoined The B-52's in 1994. In 1998 she took part in recordings from which two new songs were selected to be included along with the band's hit singles on the album Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation. Wilson then took maternity leave in 1999, later rejoining the band in 2001 for regular touring of their greatest hits.
The B-52's completed the album Funplex in 2007 and it was released in March 2008. Wilson co-wrote every song on the album with the three other band members. In all, she has co-written much of the band's back catalogue, including "Dance This Mess Around", "Private Idaho" and all of the Cosmic Thing album including hit singles "Love Shack" and "Roam". Her vocal efforts include the typical B-52's "call-and-response" vocals with Schneider and/or Pierson, as well as her harmonies with Pierson on the band's all-female songs such as "Roam", "52 Girls", "Cake", "Legal Tender", "Summer of Love" and "Juliet of the Spirits". One of the band's signature elements is the setup between the three vocalists. However, Wilson sings the greatest number of solo performances in the band, especially on their earlier albums. Examples of Cindy's solo vocal performances in The B-52's include "Hero Worship", "Loveland", "Nip It in the Bud", "Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland", "Ain't It a Shame", "She Brakes for Rainbows" and the live favorite "Give Me Back My Man".
Cindy's Current Musical Work
In September 2016 Cindy Wilson released a limited edition "Sunrise" EP of newly produced material and announced an upcoming release of the already completed full-length "Change". Her group includes producer / engineer Suny Lyons (pacificUV, Dream Boat, Phosphorescent, Hope For Agoldensummer, Honeychild, Lovers), Ryan Monahan (Easter Island, Monahan), Lemuel Hayes (pacificUV) and Marie Davon (powerkompany). In Cindy's latest show, "Change" (also her upcoming album title), she swoons and whispers over swirls of subtle psychedelia, pulsing synths, disco strings and dance beats while video projections gyrate behind the band and lush ambience ties each song seamlessly to the next. As of Fall 2016 Cindy is performing "Change" in the continental USA.
When people talk about the beginnings of the music scene in Athens, GA the discussion usually begins “The B-52’s, R.E.M., ….” Those who know will continue the list, “Pylon.” They were every Athens band’s favorite Athens band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite improbably amazing, hitting the listener on mental, physical, and spiritual levels simultaneously. On the surface, their angular guitar parts and propulsive rhythm section had something in common with UK post-punk bands like Gang of Four and PiL. But Pylon was more fun and less studied. And they had a secret weapon in Vanessa Briscoe Hay, whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing defined the band’s sound for most listeners.
Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end with the death of iconic guitarist Randy Bewley in 2009. Pylon was and always will be Vanessa, Randy, Michael, and Curtis. It is a certainty that the band will not reform with a new guitarist.
But hey, kids. Everything is still cool! Vanessa has gathered members of Athens bands Casper & the Cookies, The Glands, and world renowned pianist Damon Denton to create Pylon Reenactment Society. Is it a cover band if Vanessa is singing? Technically, it’s the next best thing. PRS are here to have fun and perform in the spirit of Pylon. Don’t be discouraged! Let’s dance! with Pylon Reenactment Society