The B-52s have come a long way since their revolutionary 1979 "Rock Lobster." Their triumphant 1989 smash Cosmic Thing, spawned the Top 10 hits "Love Shack" and "Roam." Although their last recordings to be made commercially available were back in 1998, the band has remained a popular and active live touring act. Welcome to Funplex, the group's first record of the 21st century. "It's loud, sexy rock and roll, with the beat pumped up to hot pink," says guitarist Keith Strickland. Vibrant selections including "Keep This Party Going," "Ultraviolet," and "Hot Corner" reaffirm the quartet's status as "the world's greatest party band."
Looking back at band's pioneering fusions of punk, new wave, and vintage rock, it would be tough to imagine the contemporary musical landscape existing without having encountered the intersected spirits of Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, and Cindy Wilson.