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Cosmic Thing

The B-52's

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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
00:03:51

The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Ed Brooks, Second Engineer - Kate Pierson, Writer - Keith Freedman, Second Engineer - Keith Strickland, Writer - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Mixer - Patrick Dillett, Second Engineer - Paul Argelli, Second Engineer - Richard Hilton, Programmer - TOM DURACK, Mixer, Engineer - Fred Schneider, Writer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

2
Dry County
00:04:55

Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Ed Brooks, Second Engineer - Kate Pierson, Vocals, Writer - Keith Freedman, Second Engineer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Mixer - Patrick Dillett, Second Engineer - Paul Argelli, Second Engineer - Richard Hilton, Producer - Sara Lee, Bass - TOM DURACK, Mixer, Engineer - Fred Schneider, Vocals, Writer - Sonny Emory, Drums - PHILIPPE SAISSE, Keyboards

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

3
Deadbeat Club
00:04:56

Cynthia L. Wilson, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals - Ed Brooks, Second Engineer - Kate Pierson, Vocals - Keith Freedman, Second Engineer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Background Vocals - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Mixer - Patrick Dillett, Second Engineer - Paul Argelli, Second Engineer - Richard Hilton, Programmer - Sara Lee, Bass - TOM DURACK, Mixer, Engineer - Fred Schneider, Background Vocals - Sonny Emory, Drums - PHILIPPE SAISSE, Keyboards - Catherine Pierson, Writer - Frederick William Schneider II, Writer - J Keith Stickland, Writer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

4
Love Shack
00:05:22

Don Was, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, Featured Vocalist, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Kate Pierson, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Writer - Sara Lee, Bass - TOM DURACK, Mixer - Chris Cioe, Horn - Dave Cook, Engineer - Martin Kunitz, Assistant Engineer - Paul Literal, Horn - Arno Hecht, Horn - Bob Funk, Horn - Carl Beatty, Horn - Charlie Drayton, Drums - Fred Schneider, Vocals, Writer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

5
Junebug
00:05:06

Don Was, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Kate Pierson, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Sara Lee, Bass - TOM DURACK, Mixer - Dave Cook, Engineer - Martin Kunitz, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Drayton, Drums - Fred Schneider, Percussion, Vocals, Writer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

6
Roam
00:04:55

Robert Waldrop, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Ed Brooks, Second Engineer - Kate Pierson, Vocals - Keith Freedman, Second Engineer - Keith Strickland, Guitar - Leroy Clouden, Drums - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Mixer - PIERSON, Writer - Patrick Dillett, Second Engineer - Paul Argelli, Second Engineer - Richard Hilton, Keyboards, Programmer - SCHNEIDER, Writer - Sara Lee, Bass - Stickland, Writer - TOM DURACK, Mixer, Engineer - Ricky Wilson, Composer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

7
Bushfire
00:04:57

Don Was, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Kate Pierson, Vocals, Writer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Sara Lee, Bass - TOM DURACK, Mixer - Dave Cook, Engineer - Martin Kunitz, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Drayton, Drums - Fred Schneider, Percussion, Vocals, Writer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

8
Channel Z
00:04:51

Don Was, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Kate Pierson, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - TOM DURACK, Mixer - Dave Cook, Engineer - Martin Kunitz, Assistant Engineer - Charlie Drayton, Drums - Fred Schneider, Vocals, Writer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

9
Topaz
00:04:21

Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Vocals, Writer - Ed Brooks, Second Engineer - Kate Pierson, Vocals, Writer - Keith Freedman, Second Engineer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals - Leroy Clouden, Drums - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Mixer, Guitar - Patrick Dillett, Second Engineer - Paul Argelli, Second Engineer - Richard Hilton, Programmer - Sara Lee, Bass - TOM DURACK, Mixer, Engineer - Fred Schneider, Vocals, Writer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

10
Follow Your Bliss
00:04:09

Bob Ludwig, Masterer - The B-52's, MainArtist - Cindy Wilson, Writer - Ed Brooks, Second Engineer - Kate Pierson, Writer, Background Vocals - Keith Freedman, Second Engineer - Keith Strickland, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer - Leroy Clouden, Drums - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Mixer - Patrick Dillett, Second Engineer - Paul Argelli, Second Engineer - Richard Hilton, Keyboards, Programmer - Sara Lee, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Bass - TOM DURACK, Mixer, Engineer - Fred Schneider, Writer

1989 Reprise Records 1989 Reprise Records

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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