B-52’s, The band name meaning

New wave rock group from Athens, Georgia.

B52s band name meaning - Beehive wigs
Beehive wigs
In the band’s early days the two female members, Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, wore sky-high beehive wigs.

More about that later. At an advanced moment in their careers Cindy and Kate just let their hair hang down and around that time the apostrophe disappeared from the band name (since then it’s The B-52s). Whether or not these events are somehow related we know not. 

Now on to the hairdo: the beehive wigs were occasionally also referred to as B-52’s because of a striking resemblance (beehive wearers, please bend the head sideways now) to the nose of the heavy B-52 bombers that were deployed in the middle of the previous century.

Counting as beehive devotees are the late Dusty Springfield, Marge Simpson and the late Amy Winehouse. See also Evergreen Terrace, Fall Out Boy, Jebediah and Jebus.

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