Given that the B-52's 1998 greatest-hits package, Time Capsule
, comprehensively surveyed their best and most commercially pervasive missives while including a newly recorded track, "Debbie"--inspired by Debbie Harry and reprised wholesale on Nude on the Moon
--it's fair to question the wisdom of this sprawling two-disc set. While new edits, live versions, and remixes pad the sessions and are nice and all, wigged-out chestnuts like "52 Girls," "Rock Lobster," "Dance This Mess Around," "Planet Claire," "Love Shack," and "Roam" really goose the action. That said, revisiting the perennial fashion risks from Athens, Georgia, remains a rare joy. Those old enough to remember the group's landmark Saturday Night Live
debut--those wigs, that suit, those far-out gyrations!--will look back fondly not just on the B-52's florescent musical bounty but on the weirdly enduring resonance of their interstellar psychobabble. --Kim Hughes
'Nude On The Moon' lights up a pair of CD's with 35 tracks from 9 albums released between 1979-2001. Included are rarities like 'Quiche Lorraine' from the PETA 'Tame Yourself' & 'Whammy Kiss', live at the Cleveland Music Hall and a couple of unreleased tracks, 'Is That Mo-Dean?' (Inter-Dimensional Mix) & 'Queen Of Las Vegas' (Mesopotamia Outtake Version). Also includes liner notes by writer Michael Aserrad (Rolling Stone), tons of cool & rare pics. Packaging consists on 2 digipaks in a slipcase. Rhino Records.