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NEW B-52's - Bouncing Off The Satellites (CD)

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By M. Hart
Format:Audio CD
In 1985, one of the B-52's key members, composer/lyricist/guitarist Ricky Wilson, was suffering from complications resulting from HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, with no adequate treatments for HIV in 1985, Ricky passed away in October of that year not long after he and his band mates (sister Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland) had completed recording the album entitled "Bouncing Off the Satellites", which was released a few months later in 1986. While grieving Ricky's loss and lacking Ricky's unique guitar sound, the four surviving members of the B-52's decided to not go on a concert tour to promote the album. Sadly, this album, which was dedicated to Ricky's memory, quickly went into obscurity and many people speculated whether it marked the end of the B-52's. Fortunately, the four surviving members regrouped a few years later and recorded their most commercially successful album, "Cosmic Thing", in 1989; but Ricky's final album continues to this day to be least known B-52's album.
The ten songs of "Bouncing Off the Satellites", which total nearly 46 minutes of play time, are rather good overall in spite of several negative critiques written about the album shortly after its release in 1986. It also features rare vocals by Keith and Ricky. I rate each of the album's ten songs as follows:
1. "Summer Of Love" (5 stars, sung by Kate & Cindy). Fun & danceable song praising the fun and heat of the summer. This song was used in the soundtrack of the 1989 film "Earth Girls Are Easy".
2. "Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland" (5 stars, Sung by Cindy). A fun tribute to the well known jazzy 1960's song "Garota De Ipanema" (a.k.a.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrated CD Evah! Nov. 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is truly the most underrated CD the B-52's have ever made. After Ricky's death, the band simply never sounded the same evah again!! Still, the songs are pretty dang good...
1. Summer Of Love- A fair shot at an opener. Lyrics are sorta nosy, but melody is cool. ***
2. Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland- Not totally horrid, but still slightly disapointing.**1/2
3. Housework- Fine melody, fine words. In other words, Fine. ****
4. Detour Thru Your Mind- Funny lyrics, but cruddy melody. I like it anyway. ****
5. Wig- A bit TOO silly. Nice melody. ***
6. Theme For A Nude Beach- Simply embarrasing. Easily the WORST on the album *
7. Ain't It A Shame- Nice words. Nice music. Nice. ***1/2
8. Juicy Jungle- My fav on the album. Awesome words and music. This song is worth the whole CD. *****
9. Communicate- A spelling lesson. Words aren't so hot. ***
10. She Breaks For Rainbows- A nice finisher. Words are perfect, so is melody. ****1/2
All in all, you should get this album. Even though it's getting hard to find...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ricky's Last Album March 31 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A lot of customer reviews of this record seem to think the reason it is so melancholy is because Ricky had died. Ricky was very much alive when Bouncing Off The Satellites was recorded in July 1985. The record was finished but Warner Brothers didn't think there was a single on the album commercial enough to promote. When Ricky died in October of 85, the band had been working on a new song to add to the record but never finished. Obviously the band was completely devastated and to add insult to injury, WB almost didn't release the album.
This is a summertime record that was finally released too late in the summer of 86. I really liked the groove of the songs but one of my first thoughts was "enough with the drum machines already". This album could have really worked if it was made like New Order's "Technique" where some songs were produced with drum machines and others with live drums and somehow it worked beautifully! Communicate, Ain't It A Shame, Housework and Detour Thru Your Mind are all good songs that ended up sounding flat and ice cold without a live sound. And what the hell is Juicy Jungle doing on here with some guy singing backing vocals trying to imitate the girls? Not one of the B-52's plays instruments on this song. It is obvious on this disc the band was starting to fall apart before Ricky died. "Wig" is easily the only song the band ever made that is just plain stupid. It could have been a big hit on Romper Room.
Summer Of Love and Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland are absolute gems and get the album off to a strong start but after that it begins to fall apart. I wish the whole record could have ended up tasting like orange popsicles and lemonade!
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3.0 out of 5 stars No bounceback for the B-52's Sept. 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
After Whammy!, which showed the cracks beginning to show, along came the followup, Bouncing Off The Satellites, in which the Athens group's sound became watered down. Even the orange popsicles and lemonade of "Summer Of Love" doesn't help. As an opening song, it's weak.
The pace picks up with "Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland." It's wonderful to hear two songs in a row sung totally by the ladies, but it's jarring to hear none of the expected accompanied commentary from Fred Schneider. It's more radio-friendly, but with diluted energy, with none of the wackiness or frenetic energy of "Rock Lobster" or "My Own Private Idaho."
The protagonist in "Housework" is clearly not one of these emancipated women we hear so much about. I picture a traditional housewife like Donna Reed from lyrics like "It'll be so clean/you can eat off the floor/You can eat off the wall/or anywhere at all." Uh, does that include the bathroom floor? This number is sung by Katie.
We finally hear from Fred in "Detour Thru Your Mind," which contains bizarre and surreal imagery and story, such as Doctor Aron Butterfly and his desire to charge $16,000 just to dip a patient in plaster, and lyrics like "your face is looks like a cake left out in the rain." A clever play on words: "I need to leave my past behind/I need to leave my behind in the past."
The funniest and quirkiest track here is "Wig" with some totally funny comments on people and their wigs. And check out that loopy chant: "Wig wig wig wig" The wigtalk adds to the enjoyment Example: "I love to call my wig Ilona." Response: "You should hear what it calls you" or "You got so many flies on your wig you need a bugzapper." This is a kind of futuristic song, as it takes place in 2525. Check out that sitar solo by Keith Strickland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories of this CD
I had just graduated high school when Bouncing Off the Satellites was released. I was and still am a B-52's fan. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This was their best
This effort was not filled with a bunch of "silly" songs, hence alot of zombies dont get it. But I recomend you to get it and enjoy a wonderful cd.
Published on June 5 2003 by Rickey A. Mead
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST AND MOST UNDERRATED OF B-52'S ALBUMS!
I think many B-52's fans would agree that "Bouncin off the Satellites" is the best B-52's album. Yes, it has more of a melancoly feel, but the songs are absolutely gorgeous. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorely Under-rated in its Day
While this late 80s foray is not without its problems, many of which were due to Ricky Wilson's premature passing, I'm left with the impression that the band's grief over his death... Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2002 by L. S. Slaughter
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't discredit this one yet!
When I first was introduced to this CD, I wrinkled my nose. I owned all of the B-52's albums, EXCEPT Bouncing Off The Satellites, which I had deemed "not good enough". Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars A slight step up
B-52's albums released in the mid-80s don't exactly tickle my fancy at all, since they'd pretty much abandoned their original sound and hadn't yet come upon that overproduced... Read more
Published on June 27 2000 by Rich Bunnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy B-52's At Their Best
This is a classic B-52's album and one that I think is still underrated. It's my favorite of all their albums to date. Read more
Published on May 23 2000 by David R. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars The Underrated Album Preceding The Cosmic Thing Smash
BOUNCING OFF THE SATELLITES is an extraordinary album which is overlooked and undeservedly underrated. Read more
Published on Dec 29 1999 by Bernie Journey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Underrated Album Preceding The Cosmic Thing Smash
BOUNCING OFF THE SATELLITES is an extraordinary album which is overlooked and undeservedly underrated. Read more
Published on Dec 29 1999 by Bernie Journey
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