Punk was evolving into the much more marketable and accessible New Wave, with bands like the Cars and Talking Heads enjoying hit debuts. A major-label bidding war ensued; the band signed with Warner Brothers and released its debut album, The B-52's, in 1979. The album went gold and the follow-up, Wild Planet, cracked the Top 20 in 1980. In 1982 the group even performed the song Private Idaho on a soap opera called The Guiding Light. "That inspired a whole generation of actors," Schneider quips. "Angelina Jolie became an actress after seeing it."
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