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Funplex
B-52's
Funplex
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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16 years between albums is a gap virtually unprecedented in modern music, so no surprises that the first question you want to know about Funplex is: how does it sound? Going on the opening track "Pump", you'd be forgiven f...  more »

      
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All Artists: B-52's
Title: Funplex
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Japan
Release Date: 3/25/2008
Album Type: Extra tracks, Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 4988006860667

Synopsis

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16 years between albums is a gap virtually unprecedented in modern music, so no surprises that the first question you want to know about Funplex is: how does it sound? Going on the opening track "Pump", you'd be forgiven for thinking not at all: there's Fred Schneider's delirious, delightfully unselfconscious shout, there's Kate and Cindy whooping like dropout cheerleaders, there's the enjoyably garish mish-mash of early rock'n'roll, B-movie kitsch and surfboard funk that's been the group's stock in trade since their emergence in the new-wave boom of the mid-'70s. Deeper into Funplex, though, there's evidence of a new electronic edge, which can be owed in part to the input of producer Steve Osbourne, who's previously worked with New Order and Sophie Ellis Bextor. At times, the presence of dance beats, echoing effects, and pulsing synthesiser make Funplex feel a little clinically handled, like a B-52s remix. But it's worth admission just for the glorious title track, a chaotic cops'n'hippies dust-up at the mall, and the mighty "Ultraviolet". "Keep doing what we're doing cos we're doing it right!" shouts Fred. "Four miles to a breakdown!" shout Kate and Cindy. 16 years on, the party's still going. - Louis Pattison
 

CD Reviews

Japanesed edition is a must have for the Funplex remix on CD
Daniel W. Kelly | Long Island, NY United States | 05/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Unfortunately, as of the time of this writing, this album has been pretty much ignored by radio and not promoted by the record company. The remixes of the lead single "funplex" were only available as download, not as a CD single, which would be the preferred format for most of the band's fan base, who grew up collecting CDs, not downloading files. However, with this bonus disc, we are treated to the full 5+ minute CSS remix of Funplex, an awesome electro pop dance mix. What would have been even better is to have both the Scissor Sisters mix and the Peaches Pleasure Seeker mix on here as well, but I'll take one of the remixes over none at all.

As for the rest of the album, it is great to hear the Bs returning to their roots on many of the guitar-oriented tracks, yet also delving into the more retro/electro dance sounds on several of the tracks, including Juliet of the Spirits, Eyes Wide Open, Love in the Year 3000, and Dancing Now. Like Cyndi Lauper with her new dance CD Bring Ya To The Brink, the Bs are paying tribute to the decade they helped define just as modern bands like Dragonette, Epoxies, theSTART, Blaqk Audio, Metro Station and many other modern bands are doing."
Heaven Spins Again!!!
Jokie X Wilson | San Francisco, California United States | 04/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oh, dear-- it's another B-52's CD I can't stop playing! :-{D} The songs are addictively fun and absolutely delicious. It gets your brain and butt working and takes you places rarely traveled. It fills you with bliss, makes you smile, and gives you hope! It revives fun memories and helps you sing away the other kind. You'll laugh with joy and transcend!

The Japanese version has one additional song, "Funplex (CSS Remix)." It is just about five minutes long and is a different dance version of the title track. It also comes in a jewel case rather than the cardboard package that the American version comes in. Finally, it has a fold-out booklet with all of the lyrics in Japanese in addition to the English booklet like what comes with the American version. Fun! :-)"