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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.Read more ›
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.
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...
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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"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... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Dorrie Wheeler
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2002 by SuriKatta
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2001 by Douglas Coronel
Though it's great to hear the later albums from the B-52s, such as 'Cosmic Thing' and 'Good Stuff', it's great to hear the previous work they had done. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 1999 by Joseph Boulous