Thirty years ago, a quirky little act from Athens, Ga., introduced us to the melodic delicacies of Rock Lobster and Quiche Lorraine, and the music world hasn't tasted the same since.
The B-52s are the Peter Pans of the New Wave music movement, defiantly refusing to let their music grow up past their '80s prime. The band has clung to youthful charm and energy while cranking out impossibly clever party tunes like Planet Claire, Dance This Mess Around and 1989's chart-topping Love Shack.
Sadly, the band lost its way to the recording studio after 1992's Good Stuff. But founding members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland returned in 2008 with a new disc, Funplex, that's loud, sexy and forces fans to their feet.
After playing with Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors tour this summer, the gang returns to the stage on their own Friday, playing Orlando's House of Blues. (Sorry, no Tampa Bay area stops scheduled so far, but this Party Out of Bounds is well worth the drive.)
The B-52s play at 8:30 p.m. Friday at 1490 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. Tickets $39.50 to $93. (407) 934-2583; hob.com.
Steve Spears, Times staff writer