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B-52's Audio CD
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1. Legal Tender
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5. Trism
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9. Work That Skirt

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short But Sweet Feb. 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Whammy" is my favorite B 52's album. It is a little on the short side with a running time of less than 42 minutes, but songs like "Legal Tender" and "Trism" make the album all so worth it. If you are a B 52's fan, you should check out this album because some of the songs on this album are classics and they don't appear on some of the groups later compilations. I am glad that this album is available on CD. The group really has fun on this album and doesn't take themeselves too serious.
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The B-52's are all about fun.... Their songs are full of symbolism and commentaries about society. Fred Schneider has the most unique voice and loads of charisma. Song For A Future Generation has to be one of their best songs along with Whammy Kiss on this album. A very fun album over all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 10-20-30 million dollars ready to be spent Aug. 28 2002
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Whammy begins with that bouncy ode to counterfeiting, "Legal Tender." Lesee, this album was made in 1983, so the memory of the 1970's stagflation still lingered. Can't say I blame this song. "We're in the basement/10-20-30 million dollars/ready to be spent." Why not? Heck, I'd probably retire on some private island with a mansion, far away from the madding crowd.
The pace picks up with "Whammy Kiss," which is what's needed to revitalize a worker on Planet X. Come to think of it, everyone could do with a whammy kiss every now and then. Maybe the world'll be a better place, with the positive people featured in the next song, "Song For A Future Generation."
This is the most fun song on Whammy. Gushing with positivity, it has girls and boys wanting to gain various titles and uniting for a special purpose. To use an example: "Wanna be First Lady of Infinity/Wanna be the Nicest Guy on Earth/Let's meet and have a baby now!" The five group members also have monologues introducing themselves, their signs, and likes. Fred's one is close to mine: "I like collecting records and exploring the cave of the unknown." Small wonder this song's title was used for their first greatest hits album.
Where the previous song was very happy, "Butterbean" is downright funny and silly, rhythm-wise. It's got a catchy chorus: "Pick'em, hull 'em, put on the steam/That's how we fix butterbeans."
"Trism" is one of their space age songs. It's about a public transportation device, probably a cross between Transmat and Prism. The girls' dreamy chorus "Go Trism" adds to the sci-fi imagery of the song, as do the fuzzy synthesizer effects.
Gambling is the theme on "Queen Of Las Vegas" on a mother who passes her daughter the secrets on how to win at the casinos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Electro-Pop April 15 2001
By Larry
Format:Audio CD
Taking an entirely different direction from their previous releases, the B-52s' WHAMMY! plays, at times, like a children's recording. It's mindless, repetitous, simple and FUN!!! The hyper, Devo-like, WHAMMY KISS features a terrific call and response by Fred Schneider and the gals and the jerky SONG FOR A FUTURE GENERATION has an unforgettable chorus. Unbeliveably catchy at times, it's nearly impossible not to like the band on this outing. They're upbeat and energentic and obviously having a ball.
Although it has "80's" written all over it, this CD still stands the test of time because its hooks and beats are completely irresistable. From the opening classic track LEGAL TENDER, a Kate and Cindy masterpiece, to the closing, bongo happy WORK THAT SKIRT, this album perculates for its entire thirty five minute spin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Unknown Album Jan. 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ask anyone who purports to being a B52s fan which album is the one that fell through the cracks undeservedly and he or she will answer Whammy. Amazingly, this album did not make a dent on the charts while the two best singles ever released by the B52s, Whammy and Legal Tender round off this fine release. There are some stupid songs, to be sure, but the majority are fine experimental songs that show the band trying to use the vocals of Kate and Cindy to best of their ability. They use their vocals as instruments just like a keyboard or a guitar. The underproduction was in evidence just by the album art on the cover. It's a strange shot taken of the band at night, almost as though the concept were to spend as little money as possible on production and marketing. What a shame. Buy this to hear vintage B52s.
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