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Wild Planet [Import]

B-52's Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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8. Strobe Light
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After the likes of "Rock Lobster" and "606-0842," a lot of new wavers were curious about what Athens, Georgia's fun-loving B-52s were going to do for an encore. The answer came with this rollicking second album in 1980, which found flat-toned Fred Schneider and twin bouffant-topped, gogoing chanteuses Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson nearly equaling the giddy highs of their debut. From the riotous "Party Out of Bounds" and "Devil in My Car" to the ahead-of-the curve couch potato classic, "Private Idaho" to the ever-kitschy "Strobe Light" and the other-worldly "53 Miles West of Venus," this collection proved the B-52s were no flash in the lava lamp. --Billy Altman

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Slight Sophmore Slump--But Fans Will Enjoy It March 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
Lots of bands suffer from the legendary "sophomore slump." The B-52's were no exception: WILD PLANET seems quite tame in comparison to their legendary, self-titled debut. Even so, the release offers several truly memorable B-52's classics--you'll just have to work a bit harder to get at them.
The big number here is "Private Idaho," and it stands alongside the absolute best of the band, a sharp and crackly piece with sardonic lyrics, a driving tempo, and a wicked sense of humor. "Party Out of Bounds" and "Devil in My Car" aren't quite in the same league, but they're still good enough to spin your head around. But the rest of the selections don't quite manage to cross the line into manic B-52's country.
"Dirty Back Road" and "Runnin' Around" are well done but not actually very memorable--and indeed, as I sit here fresh from the recordings I can barely call either of them to mind. "Give Me Back My Man," "Strobe Light," and "53 Miles West of Venus" seem to be slightly lesser reincarnations of cuts from the debut album, and while the notorious "Quiche Lorraine" starts well it overplays into pure silliness without ever finding the cutting quality for which The B-52's were and are so famous.
Listening to WILD PLANET today, it seems to me that the problem was less with the band than it was with management. The debut album got lots of critical attention and became a cult-smash, but then as now it proved too edgy for the sort of airplay that translated into big bucks with the buying public. I can almost hear the money men saying "Oh, that's fine--but if you'd only just...
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST PARTY YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO April 19 2003
By Larry
Format:Audio CD
Does it get any better than the The B-52s' 1980 follow up of their classic debut? ... From the frantic opening track, PARTY OUT OF BOUNDS, to the trance inducing closer, 53 MILES WEST OF VENUS, WILD PLANET is one party that just doesn't quit. The band comes up aces on this one by deftly blending rock, disco, new-wave and punk into their own unique high octane cocktail.
Gems are truly across the board on this outing. DIRTY BACK ROAD is a perfect ditty that features a Kate and Cindy harmony in front of a snaky rythmn courtesy of Ricky Wilson's genius guitar and Keith Strickland's rock steady beat. RUNNIN' AROUND has all the urgency and drama that only frontman Fred Schnieder can serve up and gives the tune a raw punky feel to it. Other highlights are the hilarious ...STROBELIGHT and the Twilight Zone borrowed, forever hip, PRIVATE IDAHO.
One of the biggest gems among all these diamonds, however, is the Cindy Wilson showcase, GIVE ME BACK MY MAN. On this track the band truly shines. Cindy's vocals run an admirably wide gamut between seduction and desperation while Kate Pierson's keyboard bass solidly anchors a tune that could only be described as a ballad from Neptune.
So do yourself a favor and hijack a rocketship and get to WILD PLANET. It's the best party you've never been to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Road Trip CD March 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you have a killer sound system in your car, "Wild Planet" is an absolute must have CD. Every tune on here is a classic. I can't imagine how life would be without all of the enjoyment this record has given me since it was released in 1980. The hypnotic and gorgeous Dirty Back Road,(Like a road...you ride me). The manic Party Out Of Bounds(crashers getting bombed), the heart-breaking cries and the James Bond riffs on Give Me Back My Man(I'll give you fish, I'll give you candy...I'll give you everything I have in my hand!). Fred's impassioned pleas on Runnin' Around(You've got me chasing rainbows in the mud, in the windows over walls, to the beauty parlor at the mall!). 53 Miles West Of Venus will put you in a dance trance along with Private Idaho, etc...all. You have never heard an electric guitar played like this before by the late Ricky Wilson(Cindy's brother). There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Ricky was a musical genius way ahead of his time. Cindy and Kate's milk and honey harmonies, Keith's tribal, kick ass drums and Fred's...well, there is no one else like him in the world!
Obviously God had a plan when he brought these five spirits from outer space together to make this beautiful music. Crank up this album and you will never be the same!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRICELESS CREATION! Jan. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
Someone said this CD was a Masterpiece--my sentiments exactly except that the description was already taken. I love music that is creative and fresh. Genre is less important to me as I feel that creativity has no bounds of genre. But this CD ranks as one of my all time favs. This CD is a MUST HAVE for anyone interested in a truly creative piece of work.
Daniel J. Hamlow's review of this CD goes through song by song and he does a great job. His review was what made me break down and buy this CD. And I could not agree more with what he says. But I have to add onto his review that "Private Idaho" has got to be one of the most original titles ever recorded. Right up there with Rock Lobster, and probably beyond.
Private Idaho is, to the best of my discernment, about a potato that falls into a swimming pool, despite warnings from the band to "Stay off the patio!" since it leads onto the pool. I must have listened to this song 100 times since buying the CD a couple of weeks ago, and it never gets old.
Now the other song on here that I can't get enough of is "Strobe Light." Fred makes the momentous announcement that he has something to tell his baby. And his baby (Cindy) doesn't seem all that enthused "Oh... what.." But the next thing you know, the both of them are jamming on.. talking about strobe lights and pineapples! Really fast paced, jamming that you just gotta listen to a few times before you "get it." These guys are gonna get you moving no matter what!
The B52's were ahead of their time. Thank goodness they came along or we'd still likely be listening to the Bee Gees. These guys say, "It's ok to be different!" and this CD is testament to that concept. The music on this CD is timeless, always fresh, always upbeat, always off-beat and frankly, just puts me in a good mood and makes me happy to listen to.
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1.0 out of 5 stars one hit song
Made a mistake here I had the first album witch was ok. But this is a complete disaster. Not what I expected.
Published 18 months ago by Pierre Masse
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the three B-52 albums to own
The B-52's 1979 debut is a must own while their comeback Cosmic Thing from 1989 is the next one to purchase. Read more
Published on July 19 2011 by R8ED X
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Killer B's
The follow up to the phenomenally successful debut album was an even better effort from the B-52s released in the fall of 1980. Read more
Published on July 3 2010 by Kasey G
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island fav!
If you were stuck on a desert island you want to make sure you bring this CD. Just about every song here makes you wanna dance. Some great memories with the B's. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by P. C Zeller
3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly mixed album
I loved the first B-52's album for its wackiness and great beats. This second outing has some great material (Party Out of Bounds, Private Idaho, and possibly Give Me Back My Man)... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by ILikeAmazon
5.0 out of 5 stars 'TRUE ALTERNATIVE'... EXCELLENT
The dog runs away after a German Shepherd, leaving the man broken-hearted and vindictive for being abandoned
I started with this, for it is mentioned in an earlier review. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars this ones for real!
This album is filled with unique groovy beats that put a smile on your face.
Published on March 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Planet is one party out of bounds
Well, chalk up another planet in Star System B-52 (the first one was Planet Claire). The second planet after Claire is Wild Planet, and also the second album by the Athens, GA... Read more
Published on June 18 2002 by Daniel J. Hamlow
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE
In my collection of 545 CD's I have all the musical styles. From Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Armstrong, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie,... Read more
Published on June 3 2002 by Joao A.S.A. Botelho
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