Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Private Idaho" by The B-52s

Well, I decided to mark the birthday of Ricky Wilson in March, and since I can't seem to get enough of The B-52's, I thought I might as well mark the occasion of his death - on this day in 1985 - as well. He was, of course, the first member of the band to die, in addition to being one of the first celebrity casualties of AIDS; the band's most successful album, Cosmic Thing, was recorded as a tribute to him.

Private Idaho was the first single off the band's second album, Wild Planet, in 1980; the song was to later inspire director Gus Van Sant's 1991 film My Own Private Idaho.

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