I had offered the bands first manager, Maureen McLaughlin the use of the extra room in my NY apartment when she had to come to NYC to get bookings for the band.
One summer day in 1978, I was vacationing on my friend Billy Halsey's family farm in Watermill, Long Island. I called my apartment to check my answering machine for messages.
Ricky answered the phone.
I said, "Ricky, what are you doing there?"
He said, "We're all here."
The whole band had moved into my apartment. When I returned home, the whole apartment was so tidy, especially the bathroom.
Cindy had obviously, spent several hours, scrubbing and bleaching the bathtub and it never looked so white.
I asked the band to come back a second time to the photo studio where I worked to make a photo with the correct personnel. I had the idea to produce a 16 x 20" poster in B&W to "snipe" around the clubs, where the band would be playing.
I didn't know about wheat paste and after I had stapled posters around the block where Max's Kansas City was and got back the the point where I started, all the posters were gone.
After that I began selling the posters for 52¢ or two for a dollar.
Interview magazine published the picture with Glenn O'Brien's interview.
Two years later, the band had just been signed by Chris Blackwell of Island Records. I got a phone call from Tony Wright, the creative director of Island Records, who wanted to see all of my shots of the B52s. When I got to his office, it was obvious that the band had already decided on using this picture. Tony asked me if he could hand-color it.
We changed the mylar ballon that Kate was holding to a matching shoes and handbag that I had bought her in a thrift shop. Tony asked me how much money I wanted for use of the shot.
I told him I had no idea.
He offered me $750, which I quickly calculated as 5 weeks of my present pay.
Tony hated the group and used the name of "Sue Absurd" as his art direction credit.
It became one of our biggest covers and won many awards.