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Cosmic Thing [Import]

B-52's Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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10. Follow Your Bliss

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Love Shack; Roam, and Deadbeat Club highlight this 1989 smash!


Nirvana made a lot of things irrelevant when Nevermind was released in 1991, and among the most unfortunate casualties caught inside the blast radius were the B-52's. Just two years previously they had released their very first mainstream breakthrough album, Cosmic Thing. This album was featherweight, sun- kissed, playfully pansexual and, most importantly, danceable. Tracks like "Love Shack" and "Roam" reminded us there could be fun without responsibility. Alternately kitschy and lazy (some still insist that "Deadbeat Club" was a slacker anthem long before Beck's "Loser"), Cosmic Thing took the B-52's signature Trekkie-camp sensibility and slowed it down just enough to click on MTV and portable radio wonderfully. And let's be honest, anyway: would you rather road-trip to Kurt's sad refrain of "Well, whatever, nevermind" or Fred Schneider belting out "The whole shack shimmies!!" at the top of his lungs? (On second thought, don't answer that.) --Todd Levin

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Format:Audio CD
"Love Shack" is the one song from this album that you probably can name without any hesitation. That's because to this day it's overplayed -- how many flashback lunch hours, etc., belt out this tune daily? Too many, considering that there are other great B-52 tunes that are hardly obscure ("Roam" from this album, "Rock Lobster", "Planet Claire", and "Private Idaho" from previous ones) that could be played.
But I digress . . . that "Love Shack" is overplayed is hardly an indictment of this album. Though not groundbreaking or history-changing, this album definitely is a must-own. Why? Simply because of the fun factor! It's a delightfully fun album from start to finish.
"Love Shack", if you manage to avoid the iterations on the radio dulling its impact, is a contagious party tune, as is "Roam" (which I prefer just because it hasn't been played to death). Of the remaining album, I also really like "Deadbeat Club" (a slacker anthem), "Junebug", and "Bushfire" -- all very up-tempo, fun songs.
As a fan of the B-52s, I can't say they've ever put anything that wasn't good. This is probably their second-best album behind their self-titled effort. It's fun, breezy, and something any serious music fan should have in their collection as a result.
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It is doubtful that any music reviewer with any merit could discount the importance that the B-52's had on the late 1980's music landscape. However, it is also important to note that their importance and relevance started in the late 1970's, but they were then an underground group out of Athens, Georgia and not the mainstream dance group they became with the release of "Cosmic Thing".
"Cosmic Thing", the album, is quite possibly PERFECT. Eschewing their previous self produced music, the B-52's took a chance on a cutting edge producer by the name of Don Was (now he is as well known in music circles as anyone could be). Was, formerly of the group: Was Not Was helped the 52's weave an album on a monumental scale!
There is, quite honestly, not a single song on this album that is not dynamite. The first released and first to rocket up the charts was "Channel Z". This was a song about the sad state of affairs in America, though its meaning was undoubtedly lost to most who just loved its awesome dance beat. Next released is questionable, since just about all the songs took over the top ten songs over the course of the year. "Love Shack", "Cosmic Thing", "Roam" (now ubiquitous as the theme for a brand of anti alergy medicine), "Deadbeat Club", "Bushfire", "June Bug" (as Cicadaes are known in the Southern U.S.), "Topaz", and "Follow your Bliss" were all hits at one point or another.
If you were a dance club owner in 1989, you were certainly playing the B-52's or you didn't have your finger on the pulse of America's youth.
Although the B-52's are far less relevant to today's youth, they are still out there entertaining millions and making sure that we all have something to dance to and about.
Absolutely an unbelievably fantastic album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Tacky Little Dance Band" Hits The Big Time Feb. 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
The B-52's began life as a self-described "tacky little dance band" out of 1970s Athens, Georgia--and they sounded like musical refugees from a Twilight Zone episode that Rod Serling thought better of. But the band touched a techno-nerve, and before too long they had a record deal and a cult single ("Rock Lobster") that actually made the charts. But for all their fame, The B-52's very glitchy sound never had much in the way of airplay, much less big-time sales... until the release of COSMIC THING.
COSMIC THING spawned two major singles. The first one to hit--and the one that remains most durable--is "Love Shack," a truly bizarre but extremely infectious mix of funky rhythm and catchy melody dominated by Fred Schneider's ultra-silly, ultra-clever pseudo-rap--the song was and is a tremendous amount of fun, and while it lacks the truly weird edge of earlier B-52's cuts it remains one of the best dance party cuts I've ever come across, something that will get you on your feet faster than you can say "Bang Bang." The second hit, "Roam," was more specifically pop--but pop with a B-52's twist: a covertly sexy lyric and Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson blasting out unexpected harmonies from beneath their dueling beehive hairdos.
But COSMIC THING has more to offer than just these two cuts: everything here is extremely well done. The downbeat "Dry Country" has a seductive swing to it; "Deadbeat Club" is super smooth; "Topaz" is a remarkable little thing, sweet and sour all at once; and the largely non-vocal "Follow Your Bliss" wraps up the set on an unexpected but effective note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Shake your honey buns!" Dec 10 2003
By M. Hart
Format:Audio CD
Following the tragic loss of guitarist/composer/lyricist Ricky Wilson in October, 1985 shortly before the release of the B-52's fifth album "Bouncing Off the Satellites", it was not clear whether the surviving four members of the B-52's (sister Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and Fred Schneider) would ever perform or record another album together again. Thankfully, in 1988, they decided to record a sixth album entitled "Cosmic Thing", and it became their most successful album to date and established the B-52's as the world's best party band of all time. It was also the first album in which Keith played the guitar, having given up the drums in order to learn how to reproduce Ricky's signature sound. The very danceable and fun songs in "Cosmic Thing" include:
1. "Cosmic Thing" (5+ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). A fast and lively song that encourages listeners to dance by shaking their cosmic thing. The song was used in the soundtrack of the 1988 sci-fi/comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy".
2. "Dry County" (5+ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). A very danceable slower song about kicking back in summer, but not being able to get alcohol in some southern state counties where it's not legal.
3. "Deadbeat Club" (5+ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). Another slower song, but very danceable that features beautiful harmonies between Cindy and Kate that praise the joys of slacking, dancing in torn sheets in the rain and going out to Allan's Bar in Athens, Georgia.
4. "Love Shack" (5++ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). The B-52's most known song that is fast and lively.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not even a bronze
Silver series Mobile Fidelity I still don't get it. This album is dynamic but is so cold I can't enjoy it the low end is none existent and takes all the fun out of the album.
Published 22 months ago by Seeker
4.0 out of 5 stars Diluted But Still Tangy Enough to Enjoy
If "The B-52's" and "Wild Planet" were the keg parties, then "Cosmic Thing" is the 10-year college reunion: Great to see old friends again, but everyone's a grown-up now and... Read more
Published on July 15 2010 by Kasey G
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Hit!
This album features the B-52's biggest hit ever,LOVE SHACK. The video is quite awesome also. The song was even heard in the 1991 Paramount film FRANKIE & JOHNNY. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by andy8047
3.0 out of 5 stars a last gasp
not bad for a belated "comeback". the bees hadn't yet sold their souls to the flintstones, so all was not yet lost. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Davy
4.0 out of 5 stars Insanely great
The B-52s are great, and this cd is definately their strongest. The songs are crazy, with the classic wild sounding tone that shows up again and again in songs such as cosmic thing... Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by Marie-Claire Bousquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh after 15 years
This album was the B-52's final masterpiece, considering thier follow-up GOOD STUFF wasn't exactly, well, good stuff. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by passenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording
This album is a great collection of upbeat songs that continues in the great B-52's tradition and defies the classification of The B-52's as a New Wave band. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by D. Hansen
3.0 out of 5 stars Hop on the cosmic wagontrain
This was the B-52's best selling album. "Love Shack" and "Roam" are great songs. Read more
Published on July 1 2003 by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
This is the one that put the B-52s over the top. It is great social music. And yes, I believe they buried with a lot of others when Nirvana came along. Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by Pat McCurry
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