Singer Kate Pierson was one of the founding members of the B-52s. Starting with their self-titled debut in '79 until the group ran out of steam in the late 80s, the B-52s were essentially a quirky New Wave band - how could any outfit with Fred Schneider not be quirky?
The group was best known for the pop hit "Love Shack" and the esoteric "Rock Lobster." The pop-leaning "Roam" was countered by the outlandish "Planet Claire."
In a world littered with sad stories about has-beens, Pierson's is fairly upbeat. The Weehawken, NJ native who was raised in Rutherford, became the owner of lodges - Kate's Lazy Desert in Landers, CA, and Kate's Lazy Meadow in Mount Tremper, NY.
Pierson began work on her solo debut album in '13. Most of the songs on "Guitars And Microphones," were co-written with Sia Furler, an Australian singer and songwriter who had collaborated with artists ranging from Eminem to Maroon 5. Furler also produced the set.
The Strokes' guitarist Nick Valensi was one of the contributors to the '15 album (he co-wrote and played on "Time Wave Zero" and "Bottoms Up") which was described as "marrying party Rock, psychedelia and socio-political Punk."
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