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B-52’s 1st Guitarist: The Late Ricky Wilson

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    I was an undergrad at the University of Georgia when they achieved “underground success.” I never saw them live, but their music was everywhere. Ricky Wilson has a very basic style, but he had rock solid rhythm and often was the pseudo bassist in what was a bassless band until they became mainstream stars with Love Shack. I just felt like mentioning Wilson since I have been listening to a lot of B-52’s today.
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Once the B-52’s started using touring bassists, they picked really good ones, first Sarah Lee and now Tracy Wormworth (The Waitresses and Sting.)
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  3. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Love the B-52's!
    Been awhile, I need to remedy that.
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  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I watched this in its entirety on YT...then I bought it.
    The drummer is taking no prisoners.
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  5. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Any thread about the B52s deserves two Rock Lobster videos.

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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The neat thing is that this super tight drummer took over on guitar after Ricky Wilson died.
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  7. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    What a fun band. Both Ricky and Keith had/have great feel on rhythm guitar. It's a huge part of the sound of The B-52s. Cosmic Thing and Bouncing Off The Satellites are two of my favourite albums from the 80s.
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Oops! That is a recent concert.
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  9. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    He was a musical genius. I saw their two clips from SNL from around 1979. It sounded like he was playing two guitars at once. Unique style.
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  10. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
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  11. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
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  12. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    A great band for sure. I saw them live twice with Ricky. The first time they were one of the openers for the Who at a stadium show in 1982--totally wrong audience for them. (Kids, don't let the old folks tell you everyone listened to all genres back in the day--it's a lie.) They were booed heavily, and someone actually threw a shoe at them. Fred Schneider ended up saying "We're going to play Rock Lobster now, whether you like it or not." I think their set lasted 20 minutes before they got out of there. The next opener, Joan Jett, was much better received. BTW, the Clash opened for the Who on most of this tour, but they missed this date to play a reggae festival in Jamaica. So my one shot at ever seeing them didn't materialize.:(

    Fast forward a few months and I got to see the B-52s headlining a 4000-seat theater after the Mesopotamia EP came out. Fantastic show, everyone was dancing the entire time.
  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Concert memories are really great to have. A good show gives you something in your mind forever.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018
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  14. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Wonder what the year is on that Rock Lobster vid? I had just moved to Isla Vista CA in December 1979 to go to college and that’s the tune that was rockin all the joints then. It was either them, The Police, or Blondie. What an era!
  15. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
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  16. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    Wasn't the stadium show in Orlando (the old Tangerine bowl)? I saw that show. Joan Jett sweating in pink spandex... The B-52's were great, and I remember lots of people throwing empty Pepsi cups at them.

    The best part of the whole show was after the Who finished; their first tour after Keith died. Also the first show I saw with a huge video screen suspended above the stage. When the band finished, one of the cameramen noticed the full moon had risen, so they trained their camera on it, and it was framed above the stage, huge and shining. A fitting tribute to Keith.
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  17. We have a bassist here @catcauphonic whose band (star meets sea)reminds me a bit of early B52's.
    Planet Claire came on my Ipod yesterday -love it!
    Also the bass with guitar synched in "52 girls"!!
    Great band
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018
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  18. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    Shame on promoters for obvious mismatches like that. Hendrix opening for The Monkees. Anything for a buck.
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  19. Turbo Sparky

    Turbo Sparky Supporting Member

    May 14, 2018
    South Eastern U.S.
    "52 Girls," word. It's rhythm rocks!
    You can keep the "Love Shack," and "Roam."
    "Channel Z" ok.
  20. When I saw The Who at Pontiac Silverdome in 1975, the opening act was Toots and the Maytals. They got seriously booed by a very rude audience. It was a seriously mismatch. I think I was the only person there who thought they were great. I actually enjoyed Toots more than The Who. They were huge arena rockers and seemed like they were going through the motions. Toots was lively, soulful and energetic, and it was my introduction to reggae music. It was hypnotic and made you want to dance. I'm still a big fan of Toots & The Maytals.
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