The B-52's - Love Shack (1989)
Love Shack was the first single to be released from the Cosmic Thing album and was the B-52s biggest-selling single, reaching #2 in the UK, #3 on the Billboard Top 40 in the U.S. and #1 in Australia for 8 weeks.The song was produced by Don Was from Was Not Was who had hits in 1987 and 1988 with Walk The Dinosaur and Spy in the House of Love. Apparently, the song's inspiration was a cabin around Athens, Georgia complete with tin roof.
I actually bought the album on cassette and, unfortunately, have nothing to play it on right now. However, it's probably faded now anyway so I reckon it's time to download it. I now have in my mind those happy days when I used to play the album on my car stereo at the end of the 80s.
As well as producing "Love Shack", Don Was also produced many tracks on the Cosmic Thing album, alongside Nile Rodgers. They managed to tighten-up the band's sound and make them more commercially viable. Released in the summer of 1989, the album reached #8 in the UK album charts, #4 in the Billboard 200 and #1 in the Australian ARIA album charts. It was the band's most successful album gaining Platinum status in the UK and 4x Platinum in the U.S.
The only other UK chart hit from the album was Roam reaching #17 (#3 U.S), which was one of two tracks not to feature the vocals of Fred Schneider. The other was Follow Your Bliss which was an instrumental track. Channel Z and Deadbeat Club failed to hit the UK Top 40.
The B-52s second biggest hit single was Meet the Flintstones which was the soundtrack to 1994 movie and reached #3 in the UK singles chart.
A smashing photo of The B-52's on the cover of U.S. music magazine Creem in July 1982.
1979 The B-52's #59 #22
1980 Wild Planet #18 #18
1983 Whammy! #29 #33
1986 Bouncing Off The Satellites #95 #74
1989 Cosmic Thing #4 #8
1992 Good Stuff #16 #8
2008 Funplex #11 #73
#Numbers are the highest chart positions for the US (left) and UK (right)
Kate Pierson (b. 27 April 1948, Weehawken, New Jersey, USA; organ/vocals)
Cindy Wilson (b. 28 February 1957, Athens, Georgia, USA; guitar/vocals)
Ricky Wilson (b. 19 March 1953, Athens, Georgia, USA d. 1986; guitar)
Fred Schneider (b. 1 July 1951, Newark, Georgia, USA; keyboards/vocals)
Keith Strickland (b. 26 October 1953, Athens, Georgia, USA; drums)
Julie Cruise (backing vocals).
Party Mix was the first compilation album by The B-52's and the only one to be released in the 1980s. Released in July 1981, the album features remixes of songs from the first album Wild Planet and the Mesopotamia EP.
Released in January 2002, Nude On The Moon was the fifth compilation album by The B-52's and includes a whopping 35 tracks. However, it was not commercially successful, peaking at #136 in the U.S.
was the debut single from The B52's and was taken from the album "The
B-52's". Originally, it only managed to reach No.37 in the UK (#56 U.S.)
but on its re-release in 1986 it managed a more respectable No.12 in
The B-52's album (see the MP3 widget on the right) was once named as the 99th greatest album of all time by VH1 and listed as 152 out of 500 greatest albums in 2003 by Rolling Stone magazine.
PARTY OUT OF BOUNDS (1980)
Party Out Of Bounds was a No.5 U.S. dance chart hit in 1980, and was taken from the B-52's second studio album Wild Planet. This video features the band live in Rio de Janeiro.
Good Stuff (1992)
Released in 1992, Good Stuff was also the lead single and title track from the B-52's sixth studio album and reached #21 in the UK, #28 in the U.S. and #1 on the U.S. Modern Rock Charts. The video features an appearance by drag queen, model and singer Ru-Paul. The song was written by the band members Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider and Keith Strickland.
Four further singles were released from the same album; Is That You Mo-Dean?, Tell It Like It T-I-Is, Revolution Earth and Hot Pants Explosion. Although the songs received airplay here in Britain, they failed to reach the Top 40, and I find that quite remarkable as they were such decent, catchy tunes.
The album was released on Reprise Records (WMG) and was produced by Nile Rodgers, Russ Titelman and Don Was. Although most of the singles weren't successful, the album performed well in the charts, peaking at #16 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the UK Albums Chart. Vocalist Cindy Williams didn't feature on the album as she left the B-52's in 1990, but returned in 1998