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Cosmic Thing
The B-52's
Cosmic Thing
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: B-52'S Title: COSMIC THING Street Release Date: 06/27/1989

      
   

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All Artists: The B-52's
Title: Cosmic Thing
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 39
Label: Reprise / Wea
Original Release Date: 6/27/1989
Re-Release Date: 6/6/1989
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, New Wave & Post-Punk, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Cosmic Thing
UPCs: 075992585422, 075992585415, 075992585453, 0075992585422

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No Description Available
No Track Information Available
Media Type: CD
Artist: B-52'S
Title: COSMIC THING
Street Release Date: 06/27/1989

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Ben B. from SAN ANSELMO, CA
Reviewed on 2/6/2014...
one of the alltime great party albums. Deserves a place in every pop music collectoin
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Danette Z. from PIERRE, SD
Reviewed on 12/7/2009...
This CD is quirky and fun as I remember.
Suzanne B. (SuzyB) from NORTHPORT, NY
Reviewed on 11/2/2006...
party on....

CD Reviews

The "Tacky Little Dance Band" Hits The Big Time
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 02/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The B-52's began life as a self-described "tacky little dance band" out of 1970s Athens, Georgia--and they sounded like musical refugees from a Twilight Zone episode that Rod Serling thought better of. But the band touched a techno-nerve, and before too long they had a record deal and a cult single ("Rock Lobster") that actually made the charts. But for all their fame, The B-52's very glitchy sound never had much in the way of airplay, much less big-time sales... until the release of COSMIC THING.COSMIC THING spawned two major singles. The first one to hit--and the one that remains most durable--is "Love Shack," a truly bizarre but extremely infectious mix of funky rhythm and catchy melody dominated by Fred Schneider's ultra-silly, ultra-clever pseudo-rap--the song was and is a tremendous amount of fun, and while it lacks the truly weird edge of earlier B-52's cuts it remains one of the best dance party cuts I've ever come across, something that will get you on your feet faster than you can say "Bang Bang." The second hit, "Roam," was more specifically pop--but pop with a B-52's twist: a covertly sexy lyric and Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson blasting out unexpected harmonies from beneath their dueling beehive hairdos.But COSMIC THING has more to offer than just these two cuts: everything here is extremely well done. The downbeat "Dry Country" has a seductive swing to it; "Deadbeat Club" is super smooth; "Topaz" is a remarkable little thing, sweet and sour all at once; and the largely non-vocal "Follow Your Bliss" wraps up the set on an unexpected but effective note. Along the way we also have at least three cuts that are very, very distinctly B-52's and as far out as anything the band did in their earlier incarnation: the rapid fire "June Bug," "Bushfire," and "Channel Z"--all of them with jagged rhythms, collapsing vocals, weird musical settings, and harmonies that go from liquid to strident before you can say "knock a little louder!"By and large, the B-52's does the sort of music where a little goes a long way, but here they hit a really neat balance between their earlier extremes and some really solid pop inflections. The result may not please every one who is addicted to their original, undiluted sound, but the result is an extremely playable set that can be repeated again and again without you beginning to feel like roadkill on the intergalactic highway: it's funky, funny, stylish, and it still has enough of an edge to let you know that this really is the B-52's.Bang bang, on the door, baby. Strongly recommended if you want to line up just to get down. Let's go around the world. The trip begins with a kiss!GFT, Amazon Reviewer"
"Shake your honey buns!"
M. Hart | USA | 12/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Following the tragic loss of guitarist/composer/lyricist Ricky Wilson in October, 1985 shortly before the release of the B-52's fifth album "Bouncing Off the Satellites", it was not clear whether the surviving four members of the B-52's (sister Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and Fred Schneider) would ever perform or record another album together again. Thankfully, in 1988, they decided to record a sixth album entitled "Cosmic Thing", and it became their most successful album to date and established the B-52's as the world's best party band of all time. It was also the first album in which Keith played the guitar, having given up the drums in order to learn how to reproduce Ricky's signature sound. The very danceable and fun songs in "Cosmic Thing" include:1. "Cosmic Thing" (5+ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). A fast and lively song that encourages listeners to dance by shaking their cosmic thing. The song was used in the soundtrack of the 1988 sci-fi/comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy".
2. "Dry County" (5+ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). A very danceable slower song about kicking back in summer, but not being able to get alcohol in some southern state counties where it's not legal.
3. "Deadbeat Club" (5+ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). Another slower song, but very danceable that features beautiful harmonies between Cindy and Kate that praise the joys of slacking, dancing in torn sheets in the rain and going out to Allan's Bar in Athens, Georgia.
4. "Love Shack" (5++ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). The B-52's most known song that is fast and lively. The song is an anthem for friends to get together, go out and have a good time dancing and partying.
5. "Junebug" (5+ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). Not as well known as some of the B-52's other songs, "Junebug" is fast and lively and is about being out in the woods and making out with only the 'gators and crocodiles watching.6. "Roam" (5++ stars, sung by Cindy & Kate only). Cindy & Kate's beautiful duet is one of the B-52's best known songs about love and passion.
7. "Bushfire" (5 stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). Fast & fun, "Bushfire" praises passion and the fun of partying around a fire.
8. "Channel Z" (5++ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). Another fast and very danceable song, the lyrics are somewhat political about the various things that get reported on television news.
9. "Topaz" (5++ stars, sung by Cindy, Kate & Fred). A beautifully harmonic and poetic song that I have had the pleasure of hearing performed live. This is one my favorite B-52's songs of all time.
10. "Follow Your Bliss" (5 stars, instrumental). A very beautiful instrumental that is strong with guitar and piano.Overall, I rate "Cosmic Thing" with a resounding 5 out of 5 stars. This is probably the best album that the B-52's ever recorded and is a tribute to the music of the 1980's before it was silenced with the introduction of grunge in the early 1990's. Many thanks go to Cindy, Kate, Fred and Keith for writing and performing such wonderful music."