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Cosmic Thing (30th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

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Many observers were prepared to write off the B-52's after the release of Bouncing Off the Satellites. Granted, the album was completed in the wake of Ricky Wilson's death, but the group appeared bereft of new musical ideas and were sounding rather stale. In other words, the last thing anyone expected was a first-class return to form, which is what they got with Cosmic Thing. Working with producers Don Was and Nile Rodgers, the B-52's updated their sound with shiny new surfaces and deep, funky grooves -- it was the same basic pattern as before, only refurbished and contemporized. Just as importantly, they had their best set of songs since at least Wild Planet, possibly since their debut. "Cosmic Thing" and "Channel Z" were great up-tempo rockers; "Roam" had a groovy beat blessed with a great Cindy Wilson vocal; and "Deadbeat Club" was one of their rare successful reflective numbers. Then there was "Love Shack," an irresistible dance number with delightfully silly lyrics and hooks as big as a whale that unbelievably gave the group a long-awaited Top Ten hit. The thing is, Cosmic Thing would already have been considered a triumphant return without its commercial success. The big sales were just the icing on the cake.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Cosmic Thing 2019 Remaster
00:03:52

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

2
Dry County 2019 Remaster
00:04:54

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

3
Deadbeat Club 2019 Remaster
00:04:46

Cynthia L. Wilson, Writer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Catherine Pierson, Writer - Frederick William Schneider II, Writer - J Keith Stickland, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

4
Love Shack 2019 Remaster
00:05:21

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

5
Junebug 2019 Remaster
00:05:06

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

6
Roam 2019 Remaster
00:04:54

Robert Waldrop, Composer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Composer - Kate Pierson, Composer - Keith Strickland, Composer - Fred Schneider, Composer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

7
Bushfire 2019 Remaster
00:04:57

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

8
Channel Z 2019 Remaster
00:04:49

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

9
Topaz 2019 Remaster
00:04:21

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

10
Follow Your Bliss Remastered
00:04:11

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

11
B-52's Megamix 2019 Remaster
00:06:35

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Composer - Kate Pierson, Composer - Keith Strickland, Composer - Fred Schneider, Composer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

12
Love Shack Edit; 2019 Remaster
00:04:22

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

13
Channel Z Rock Mix; 2019 Remaster
00:06:22

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

14
Roam Extended Remix; 2019 Remaster
00:05:28

Robert Waldrop, Composer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Composer - Kate Pierson, Composer - Keith Strickland, Composer - Fred Schneider, Composer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

15
Roam 12" Remix; 2019 Remaster
00:08:17

Robert Waldrop, Composer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Composer - Kate Pierson, Composer - Keith Strickland, Composer - Fred Schneider, Composer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1989, 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

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1
Cosmic Thing Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:04:04

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

2
Bushfire Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:05:12

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

3
Quiche Lorraine Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:04:09

The B-52's, MainArtist - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer - Ricky Wilson, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

4
Dance This Mess Around Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:05:37

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer - Ricky Wilson, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

5
Dry County Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:04:54

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

6
Private Idaho Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:03:42

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer - Ricky Wilson, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

7
Give Me Back My Man Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:04:17

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer - Ricky Wilson, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

8
Deadbeat Club Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:05:14

Cynthia L. Wilson, Writer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Catherine Pierson, Writer - Frederick William Schneider II, Writer - J Keith Stickland, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

9
Mesopotamia Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:05:35

R. Wilson, Writer - The B-52's, MainArtist - F. Schneider, Writer - K. Pierson, Writer - K. Strickland, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

10
Strobe Light Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:04:00

The B-52's, MainArtist - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer - Ricky Wilson, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

11
Roam Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:06:17

Robert Waldrop, Composer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Composer - Kate Pierson, Composer - Keith Strickland, Composer - Fred Schneider, Composer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

12
52 Girls Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:03:32

The B-52's, MainArtist - Ricky Wilson, Writer - Jeremy Ayers, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

13
Love Shack Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:07:33

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

14
Rock Lobster Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:04:58

The B-52's, MainArtist - Fred Schneider, Writer - Ricky Wilson, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

15
Whammy Kiss Live At Starplex Amphitheatre, TX, 1990
00:04:05

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer - Ricky Wilson, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

16
Channel Z Live at the Pavillion, the Woodlands, TX, 1990
00:06:23

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Strickland, Writer - Fred Schneider, Writer

© 2019 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Warner Records Inc. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company.

Album Description

Many observers were prepared to write off the B-52's after the release of Bouncing Off the Satellites. Granted, the album was completed in the wake of Ricky Wilson's death, but the group appeared bereft of new musical ideas and were sounding rather stale. In other words, the last thing anyone expected was a first-class return to form, which is what they got with Cosmic Thing. Working with producers Don Was and Nile Rodgers, the B-52's updated their sound with shiny new surfaces and deep, funky grooves -- it was the same basic pattern as before, only refurbished and contemporized. Just as importantly, they had their best set of songs since at least Wild Planet, possibly since their debut. "Cosmic Thing" and "Channel Z" were great up-tempo rockers; "Roam" had a groovy beat blessed with a great Cindy Wilson vocal; and "Deadbeat Club" was one of their rare successful reflective numbers. Then there was "Love Shack," an irresistible dance number with delightfully silly lyrics and hooks as big as a whale that unbelievably gave the group a long-awaited Top Ten hit. The thing is, Cosmic Thing would already have been considered a triumphant return without its commercial success. The big sales were just the icing on the cake.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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