RICKY WIL­SON

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By the time he joined the B- 52’s in 1976, he had al­ready cre­ated a new style that merged el­e­ments of new-wave, post-punk and surf mu­sic. He was also a pi­o­neer of odd tun­ings, often re­mov­ing a string or two from his gui­tar al­to­gether and cre­at­ing weird new tun­ings with what was left (un­doubt­edly his most unique was CFxxFF, tuned up to 445Hz). Wil­son died of AIDS in 1985, leav­ing be­hind a legacy of work that pref­aced ev­ery­thing from The Pres­i­dents Of The United States Of Amer­ica and Mor­phine to The White Stripes. WHERE TO START STROBE LIGHT Just like Wil­son in­tended, with its DADxBB tun­ing on a late ‘60s Mos­rite Mark V. BOSS LEVEL ROCK LOB­STER

All at­ti­tude, weird melodies and stay­ing just a smidgeon ahead of the drum­mer with­out los­ing the beat.

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