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Bouncing Off The Satellites

The B-52's

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Two years after the release of Whammy!, guitarist Ricky Wilson died of AIDS, a shattering blow for the B-52's. The group recouped and finished Bouncing Off the Satellites, the album they were recording when Wilson died. Considering their loss, it's not surprising that the B-52's don't sound entirely focused throughout the record, and it's easy to forgive them for the momentary loss of direction. Musically, it's a continuation of Whammy!, with the group's signature sound being enhanced by drum machines, synths, and sessionmen. There are so many musicians on the record that it winds up sounding too carefully considered -- the polar opposite of the loose, inspired fun of their early work. That said, there are some flashes of inspiration scattered throughout the album ("Wig," "Juicy Jungle," "Theme for a Nude Beach," "She Brakes for Rainbows"). There isn't quite enough to make it of interest to anyone but the dedicated, yet those listeners will find that there's enough worth hearing on Bouncing off the Satellites, especially if they're in a forgiving mood.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Summer of Love
00:04:06

Tony Mansfield, Producer - Shep Pettibone, Additional Production, Remix - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Kate Pierson, Vocals, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer, Bass - Phil Brown, Masterer - Michael Hutchinson, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Guitar, Writer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

2
Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland
00:04:24

Tony Mansfield, Producer - Shep Pettibone, Additional Production - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Keith Strickland, Keyboards, Writer, Bass - Phil Brown, Masterer - Steve Peck, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Guitar, Writer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

3
Housework
00:04:06

Mark Mazur, Guitar, Bass - Tony Mansfield, Producer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Kate Pierson, Organ, Vocals, Writer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Percussion - Phil Brown, Masterer - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Tim Rollins, Guitar - T. Rollins, Writer - Don Peterkofky, Assistant Engineer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

4
Detour Thru Your Mind
00:05:09

Tony Mansfield, Producer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals - Kate Pierson, Vocals - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards - Phil Brown, Masterer - B52's, Writer - Fred Schneider, Vocals - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Bass - Don Peterkofky, Assistant Engineer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

5
Wig
00:04:24

Tony Mansfield, Producer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals - Kate Pierson, Vocals - Keith Strickland, Guitar - Phil Brown, Masterer - B52's, Writer - Fred Schneider, Vocals - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Bass - Don Peterkofky, Assistant Engineer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

6
Theme for a Nude Beach
00:04:53

Tony Mansfield, Producer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals - Kate Pierson, Vocals - Keith Strickland, Keyboards, Vocals - Phil Brown, Masterer - B52's, Writer - Fred Schneider, Vocals - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Vocals, Bass - Don Peterkofky, Assistant Engineer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

7
Ain't It a Shame
00:05:32

Tony Mansfield, Producer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals, Harmonica - Phil Brown, Masterer - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Don Peterkofky, Assistant Engineer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

8
Juicy Jungle
00:04:51

Tony Mansfield, Producer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Phil Brown, Masterer - Fred Schneider, Vocals, Writer - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - John Cote, Composer, Background Vocals, Instrumentation - Don Peterkofky, Assistant Engineer - Tom Beckerman, Lead Guitar

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

9
Communicate
00:04:08

Tony Mansfield, Producer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals - Kate Pierson, Vocals - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass - Phil Brown, Masterer - B52's, Writer - Fred Schneider, Vocals - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Guitar - Don Peterkofky, Assistant Engineer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

10
She Brakes for Rainbows
00:04:42

Tony Mansfield, Producer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals - Kate Pierson, Background Vocals - Keith Strickland, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals, Bass - Phil Brown, Masterer - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Writer, Background Vocals - Don Peterkofky, Assistant Engineer

1986 Warner Records Inc. 1986 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

Two years after the release of Whammy!, guitarist Ricky Wilson died of AIDS, a shattering blow for the B-52's. The group recouped and finished Bouncing Off the Satellites, the album they were recording when Wilson died. Considering their loss, it's not surprising that the B-52's don't sound entirely focused throughout the record, and it's easy to forgive them for the momentary loss of direction. Musically, it's a continuation of Whammy!, with the group's signature sound being enhanced by drum machines, synths, and sessionmen. There are so many musicians on the record that it winds up sounding too carefully considered -- the polar opposite of the loose, inspired fun of their early work. That said, there are some flashes of inspiration scattered throughout the album ("Wig," "Juicy Jungle," "Theme for a Nude Beach," "She Brakes for Rainbows"). There isn't quite enough to make it of interest to anyone but the dedicated, yet those listeners will find that there's enough worth hearing on Bouncing off the Satellites, especially if they're in a forgiving mood.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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