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Whammy


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KYY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Legal Tender
2. Whammy Kiss
3. Song For A Future Generation
4. Butterbean
5. Trism
6. Queen Of Las Vegas
7. Moon 83
8. Big Bird
9. Work That Skirt

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Format: Audio CD
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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This album, "Whammy!," is The B-52s' first move into electronic territory with including synthesizers and sessionmen, and everything. There are simply wonderful songs to be found here. The album has a wonderful start, "Legal Tender." Then, it continues with "Whammy Kiss," which is really good. Next, is my favorite, "Song For A Future Generation." Anyway, the songs are good, until the finish of "Queen of Las Vegas." I believe "Don't Worry" was originally track seven, but they ran into copyright problems with Yoko Ono, when the album was reissued, so it was pulled, and replaced by the weak "Moon 83'." Personally, from "Moon 83," on, the album has a sadly terribly weak finish. It's such a shame.
I must agree with the other reviewer in saying, "you can certainly tell the album was recorded in 1983..." Anyway, at times the synthesizer beats sound very clunky, but that's part of the kitsch and campiness The B-52's are all about. This album is truly a gem among their collection. I wish it only had "Don't Worry," and maybe the finish of the album wouldn't have sounded so weak.
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What happened to the band! In the three year span between "Wild Planet" and this album, they seem to have completely abandoned the cool guitar-rock they were purveying on the first couple of collections, and replaced it with a bunch of dorky synthy crap with no hooks or interesting melodies. The songs sound like they're being played on a MIDI file, for Christ's sake! "Legal Tender" is the only song which approaches decency on the album, and even that one has an annoyingly wishy-washy synth section throughout the entire song. The rest of the album-- "Work That Skirt," "Big Bird," "Songs For A Future Generation"-- UGH. Horrible. The biggest one-album downturn that I've ever heard. Straight from their zenith to their nadir. Recommended only to "Best Of The '80s! " compilation lovers who actually think "Come On Eileen" is a decent song.
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By Thomas Baldwin on June 27 2000
Format: Audio CD
1. This aint the B-52's first album featuring synthesizers. They were definitly used on Wild Planet on a few tracks, and they were *heavily* used on the amazingly underrated Mesopatamia EP of 1982.
2. This is a great disc, the electronics used in it are quirky as hell, and I imagine purposely. These sound atypical of the synths used in the popular dance tracks of 1983.
3. To say this album is devoid of hooks is just an ignorant comment. Listen to Trism, Whammy Kiss, Song For..., Butterbean or Legal Tender one more time. The girls sound better vocally on this LP then Wild Planet or the debut (but not quite as good as they did on Mesopatamia).
4. This isn't the best B-52's disc, but I think it's maligned by some for no real reason, along with Mesopatamia and Bouncing Off The Satalites. I t seems some people only like the B-52's albums that were commercially successful...
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By Larry on April 15 2001
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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