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Last Updated: Friday, 17 December, 2004, 02:14 GMT
Cult band's 'Love Shack' gutted
The B52s in 1983 [photo courtesy of the B52s]
The band was famous for its quirky wigs and catchy pop tunes
A cabin in the US state of Georgia believed to have inspired the party hit Love Shack by cult band the B-52's has burnt down.

Fire officials in Athens-Clarke county are investigating the possibility of arson at the cabin, once inhabited by band member Kate Pierson.

The B-52's were famous in the 1980s for their unusual hairpieces and highly original and catchy pop tunes.

Love Shack, released in 1989, was the band's first top 10 hit.

Everybody's movin',
Everybody's groovin' baby
Funky little shack!
Funk-y little shack!

From Love Shack by the B-52's
Several properties in the Athens area have been credited with inspiring the song.

But Mats Sexton, author of a book on the B-52's, said Ms Pierson told him many of the band's early songs - including Rock Lobster, the title track of their first album - were created in the now gutted cabin.

"She spoke very fondly of that little place," he told athensonline.com website. "In many ways I think it was a symbolic part of the song Love Shack."

Ms Pierson herself was unavailable for comment.


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