Sound Opinions Show

Jul 16, 2015

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… Singer Kate Pierson on The B-52s’ unique combination of  dance music and the avant-garde.





Hip-hop record executive Birdman and rapper Young Thug were named in an indictment for the attempted murder of rap star Lil Wayne. This is the most dramatic chapter of a long-running conflict between Lil Wayne and Birdman’s Cash Money label. Both parties filed multimillion-dollar lawsuits earlier this year.


German/Swiss electronic musician Dieter Moebius has passed away at 71. Moebius is best known for his work with the German Krautwork bands Harmonia and Cluster in the 1970s and for his collaborations with Brian Eno. His pioneering synthesizer work continues to influence modern electronic artists.


Singer Kate Pierson has been a member of the B-52s since 1976, but only this year released her first solo album Guitars and Microphones. The B-52s made a big splash with their 1979 debut record, which merged dance music, punk minimalism, and avant-garde sensibilities. They achieved even greater mainstream success with Cosmic Thing ten years later on the strength of singles like “Love Shack.” Pierson speaks with Jim and Greg about the band’s unique sound and aesthetic, its pioneering career trajectory, and her new album. 


Jim and Greg review Star Wars, the new album by veteran Chicago band Wilco. Wilco released the album by surprise as a free download on its website.


Jim adds the 1983 German synthpop song “Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)” by Peter Schilling to the Desert Island Jukebox. The song is an unofficial response to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.