On the radio(!) the other day, I had the pleasure of hearing the new B52s single ‘Funplex’, which is a little less 60s b-movie and a bit tougher, more power-pop with gritty guitars from Keith Strickland . It’s still got trademark kitsch value of course, very camp, and just a fun record all around. There’s not enough fun pop these days. We need the B52s, people!
I was reminded that Kate Pierson is one of my favourite pop singers, in the musicianly sense – as in singer of pop songs. There’s just something about her voice that makes me happy, like listening to a child laughing. It mystifies me that she hasn’t cut a solo record – at least not that I know of. Her voice blends supernaturally with Cindy Wilson’s voice – these two were born to make throwaway pop records together. And Fred Schneider is still a singular presence, as always. His voice carves out the band’s identity in many ways, in that as long as they have him, they can do pretty much anything stylistically and it would still be the B52s.
I’ve just got to see these guys live, so I really, really hope they tour Canada!
Take a look at this clip to hear the new song from the band’s MySpace site!
Update: An interview with Cindy Wilson from my friends at Pitchfork. Note the BC tour date!