Sunday, April 21, 2024

B52s Kate Pierson: Everyone Should Be Streaming, Buying, Downloading Her Now


Kate Pierson is the unsung hero of The B52s. Now, 35 years after “Rock Lobster” warmed our hearts, Kate has her first solo recording. “Guitars and Microphones” can be procured from all the usual places like Amazon, iTunes, record stores, Spotify, etc. There are tons of great tracks. My favorite is “Time Wave Zero.” Clear Channel, aka I Heart Radio, play this damn thing. The flame haired Kate and I shared a bus ride the other night and caught up on all things B52. She’s a doll. Come on, we owe her for giving three decades of happy music including singing with Michael Stipe on REM’s smash hit “Shiny Happy People.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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