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The B-52's influence cuts a wide path through much of so-called Modern Rock-- from the low-fi efforts of nouveau garage bands and the Retro-Hip of Ultra-Lounge to the very ascendance of Dance music itself. Twenty years and 20 million albums into a career that began as a low-rent lark in Athens, Georgia, the B-52's remain the most unlikely Pop superstars ever. The first band to glorify Pop culture with an almost Warholian sense of purpose, their absurd B-movie style and off-kilter sound celebrated the weirdness lurking just beneath the surface of Americana--not exactly a recipe for chart success, but way ahead of its time, nonetheless.
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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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.
Here's my piece in describing Wild Planet's nine satellites. Fred Schneider's "Surprise!" is the first word of "Party Out Of Bounds." Kate and Cindy then ask for the ice box and punch, and there's the party started, right there. "Private Idaho" is Wild Planet's "Rock Lobster," being Wild Planet's most well-known track. Ricky Wilson's guitar keeps the pace. "You're living in your own private Idaho/On a ground like a wild potato." This is another on the short list for a party mix-tape should "Rock Lobster" not be available for any reason.
For sheer jamming, nothing beats "Devil In My Car" and "Strobe Light." The first is a funny song on a car possessed by the devil. The saying "Drive like hell and you will get there" comes to mind. Anyway, the hapless narrator can't lock the door, or put on my safety belt and is going 90 mph. He thus cries out "Help! The devil's in my car!" The humor's very kitschy, with devilish motifs such as "I don't wanna go to hell" and "I don't need no batteries/I've got the devil in my car."
"Strobe Light" is a seduction number, focusing on making love under the title appliance. No one sings about kissing body parts and responding to the same as Fred and the girls, respectively. When he gets to a very personal part of his date's body, he uses a euphemism that's the same as a certain large fruit. A shrill synthesizer blasts in response.Read more ›
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!
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...Read more ›
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Made a mistake here I had the first album witch was ok. But this is a complete disaster. Not what I expected.Published on Feb. 27 2013 by Pierre Masse
The B-52's 1979 debut is a must own while their comeback Cosmic Thing from 1989 is the next one to purchase. Read morePublished on July 19 2011 by R8ED X
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 morePublished on July 3 2010 by KaseyG
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 morePublished on July 9 2004 by P. C Zeller
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 morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by ILikeAmazon
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I started with this, for it is mentioned in an earlier review. Read more
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... Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by Larry