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The B-52’s Discography

At the "Festival Internacional de Benicàssim", on July 21st, 2007.These deliberately goofy gals and girlish boys have been around for a hell of a long time now.

They had their 15 minutes way back with Rock Lobster and Love Shack and appearing (some of em anyway) on the truly abysmal REM track Shiny Happy People. But in truth, their body of work is a lot more substantial and quality-imbued than they are given credit for.

Keep it up, goofy gals and girlish boys!

All credit to Resin8 for these!

Some background;

The B-52’s are a New Wave rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976.

https://i1.wp.com/www.abc.net.au/newcastle/stories/m839525.jpgSome useless trivia! …. The band’s name comes from a particular beehive hairdo that is wrapped around, instead of teased, with an open “hole” in the top resembling the nose cone of the airplane of the same name. During their early years, wigs of that style were often worn by the band’s female singers Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson.

The band’s quirky take on the New Wave sound of their era was a combination of dance and surf music set apart by the unusual guitar tunings used by Ricky Wilson. Their costume thrift-store chic set them apart as well. During the Mesopotamia tour, the band’s famous wigs were under the care of Jackie Slayton, one of Athens’s leading artists and long-time friend of the band.

https://i1.wp.com/www.onlineathens.com/images/021402/onstage.jpgTheir first single, “Rock Lobster”, recorded for DB Records in 1978, was an underground success that led to the B-52’s performing at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City in New York City. “52 Girls” was the B-side. Two versions of the single were released in the UK that featured the B-side “Running Around”.

Their debut album, The B-52’s, contained re-recorded versions of “Rock Lobster” and “52 Girls”, along with six more originals and a remake of Petula Clark’s classic “Downtown”. It was eventually certified platinum. The album had greater success overseas, especially in Australia, where it hit #7 on the back of three hit singles: “Planet Claire” (#43), “Rock Lobster” (#3) and “Dance This Mess Around”. “Rock Lobster” gave the band its first entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

The follow-up, Wild Planet, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 in 1980 and was certified gold. “Private Idaho” became their second Hot 100 entry; on January 26, 1980 the B-52’s performed a breakout set on Saturday Night Live and were featured at the Heatwave festival in August 1980.

Party Mix! was released next, a remix album that took tracks from the first two LPs and presented them in extended forms.

https://i0.wp.com/www.jansoone.be/uploaded_images/B52s-719977.jpgAlthough recording sessions with David Byrne (of Talking Heads) failed, the recordings were released as the Mesopotamia EP in 1982 (Party Mix! and Mesopotamia would later be combined and released together on a single CD).

The Whammy! album in 1983 brought the band into electronic and drum machine experimentation, much to the chagrin of some of their early fans. “Legal Tender” became their third chart single.

1984 brought about an eponymous solo album from Fred Schneider (Fred Schneider & the Shake Society) with contributions from bandmates Kate Pierson and Ricky Wilson. That year, the B-52’s reformed to record Bouncing Off the Satellites.

On October 12, 1985, Ricky Wilson died at age 32 of what was originally reported as cancer but was later revealed to be AIDS-related illness. Devastated, the band went into immediate seclusion and the album sank without any tour or promotion behind it.

https://i2.wp.com/us.ent1.yimg.com/images.launch.yahoo.com/000/010/424/10424900.jpgDuring the two-year hiatus that followed Wilson’s death, Strickland switched from drums to guitar, and the B-52’s emerged in 1988 with a backing rhythm section which included Sara Lee, a former member of post-punk band Gang of Four. Their song “Cosmic Thing” was a centerpiece of the soundtrack to the movie Earth Girls Are Easy.

In 1989 the band released the album Cosmic Thing, which became their long-anticipated mainstream breakthrough. “Channel Z”, a single from the new album, became an alternative and college radio hit, receiving significant airplay on MTV’s modern rock show 120 Minutes.

“Love Shack” came next. With its party vibe and colorful music video, “Love Shack” not only became their first song to hit the US Top 40, but it went on to peak at #3. That peak was matched in early 1990 when “Roam” also hit #3. In Australia, the country that had most embraced the band a decade earlier, “Love Shack” stayed at #1 for 8 weeks.

https://i1.wp.com/www.politics1.com/pix1/B52s-04.jpgIn 1990 Cindy Wilson took time off from the band, with Julee Cruise filling in for her parts on the eventual tour. As a trio, The B-52’s released Good Stuff in 1992, which gave them another top 40 hit. It is also the group’s most overtly political album, though they had been activists and fund-raisers for environmental, AIDS and animal rights causes for many years.Subsequent singles were not as successful and the album did not sell as well as Cosmic Thing.

The band had its most recent chart entry in 1994 when, as The BC-52’s they appeared in The Flintstones live-action movie and sang the title song. In the 1990s, ex-Duran Duran drummer and Falun Gong activist Sterling Campbell joined the band, but left in 2000 to tour with David Bowie and was replaced that year by Zachary Alford.

A career retrospective, Time Capsule: Songs For a Future Generation, appeared in 1998 and Cindy Wilson rejoined the group on two new songs and a tour to promote the collection. A more extensive anthology, Nude on the Moon: The B-52’s Anthology appeared in 2002.

As the band began to tour more actively in 2003, they felt it was time to start writing new material. The process took some time as the band members all lived in different parts of the US and coordinating was not easy. The end result is an entirely new album, titled Funplex their first original album in sixteen years (since 1992’s Good Stuff). It is expected to be released on March 25, 2008.


The B-52’s – The B-52’s (1979)

1. B-52’s, The – Planet Claire (4:36)
2. B-52’s, The – 52 Girls (3:35)
3. B-52’s, The – Dance This Mess Around (4:37)
4. B-52’s, The – Rock Lobster (6:51)
5. B-52’s, The – Lava (4:55)
6. B-52’s, The – There’s A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) (4:58)
7. B-52’s, The – Hero Worship (4:08)
8. B-52’s, The – 6060842 (2:52)
9. B-52’s, The – Downtown (2:57)


The B-52’s – Wild Planet (1980)

1. B-52’s, The – Party Out Of Bounds (3:21)
2. B-52’s, The – Dirty Back Road (3:20)
3. B-52’s, The – Runnin’ Around (3:09)
4. B-52’s, The – Give Me Back My Man (4:01)
5. B-52’s, The – Private Idaho (3:37)
6. B-52’s, The – Devil In My Car (4:28)
7. B-52’s, The – Quiche Lorraine (3:58)
8. B-52’s, The – Strobe Light (4:00)
9. B-52’s, The – 53 Miles West Of Venus (4:52)


The B-52’s – Party Mix (1982)

1. The B-52’s – Party Out Of Bounds (remix) (5:11)
2. The B-52’s – Private Idaho (remix) (4:04)
3. The B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man (remix) (7:01)
4. The B-52’s – Lava (remix) (6:07)
5. The B-52’s – Dance This Mess Around (remix) (2:56)
6. The B-52’s – 52 Girls (remix) (3:04)


The B-52’s – Mesopotamia (1982)

1. B-52 – Loveland (5:04)
2. B-52’s – Deep Sleep (3:30)
3. B – 52´s – Mesopotamia – 03 – Mes (3:50)
4. B-52’s – Cake (5:36)
5. The B-52’s – Throw That Beat in the Garbag (4:30)
6. B-52’s – Nip It In The Bud (3:32)


The B-52’s – Whammy! (1983)

1. B-52’s, The – Legal Tender (3:40)
2. B-52’s, The – Whammy Kiss (5:21)
3. B-52’s, The – Song For A Future Generation (3:58)
4. B-52’s, The – Butterbean (4:17)
5. B-52’s, The – Trism (3:23)
6. B-52’s, The – Queen Of Las Vegas (4:36)
7. B-52’s, The – Moon 83 (4:01)
8. B-52’s, The – Big Bird (4:13)
9. B-52’s, The – Work That Skirt (3:50)


The B-52’s – Bouncing Off The Satellites (1986)

1. The B-52’s – Summer of Love (4:06)
2. B-52’s – B-52’s Girl From Ipanema (4:24)
3. B52’s – Housework (4:06)
4. B-52’s, The – Detour Thru Your Mind (5:09)
5. B52s – Wig (4:21)
6. B52’s – Theme For a Nude Beach (4:53)
7. The B-52’s – Ain’t It a Shame (5:32)
8. The B-52’s – Juicy Jungle (4:51)
9. B-52’s, The – Communicate (4:08)
10. B52’s – She Brakes For Rainbows (4:40)


The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing (1989)

1. The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing (3:53)
2. The B-52’s – Dry County (4:54)
3. The B-52’s – Deadbeat Club (4:47)
4. The B-52’s – Love Shack (5:21)
5. The B-52’s – Junebug (5:07)
6. The B-52’s – Roam (4:55)
7. The B-52’s – Bushfire (4:57)
8. The B-52’s – Channel Z (4:49)
9. The B-52’s – Topaz (4:21)
10. The B-52’s – Follow Your Bliss (4:09)


The B-52’s – Good Stuff (1992)

1. The B-52’s – Tell it Like it T-I-Is (5:14)
2. The B-52’s – Hot Pants Explosion (4:55)
3. The B-52’s – Good Stuff (5:58)
4. The B-52’s – Revolution Earth (5:48)
5. The B-52’s – Dreamland (7:35)
6. The B-52’s – Is That you Mo-Dean (5:31)
7. The B-52’s – The World’s Green Laughter (4:04)
8. The B-52’s – Vision of a Kiss (5:57)
9. The B-52’s – Breezin’ (5:21)
10. The B-52’s – Bad Influence (5:41)


The B-52’s – Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation (1998)

1. the B-52’s – B-52s – 01 – Planet Claire (4:35)
2. the B-52’s – B-52s – 02 – 52 Girls (3:35)
3. the B-52’s – B-52s – 03 – Rock Lobster (4:53)
4. the B-52’s – B-52s – 04 – Party Out Of Bounds (3:21)
5. the B-52’s – B-52s – 05 – Strobe Light (3:59)
6. the B-52’s – B-52s – 06 – Private Idaho (3:34)
7. the B-52’s – B-52s – 07 – Quiche Lorraine (3:56)
8. the B-52’s – B-52s – 08 – Mesopotamia (3:49)
9. the B-52’s – B-52s – 09 – Song For A Future Generation (3:58)
10. the B-52’s – B-52s – 10 – Summer Of Love (Original Unreleased Mix) (4:34)
11. the B-52’s – B-52s – 11 – Channel Z (4:50)
12. the B-52’s – B-52s – 12 – Deadbeat Club (4:53)
13. the B-52’s – B-52s – 13 – Love Shack (5:21)
14. B-52s – 14 – Roam (4:52)
15. the B-52’s – B-52s – 15 – Good Stuff (5:54)
16. the B-52’s – B-52s – 16 – Is That You Mo-Dean (5:07)
17. the B-52’s – B-52s – 17 – Debbie (3:33)
18. the B-52’s – B-52s – 18 – Hallucinating Pluto (4:18)


The B-52’s – Roam CDM

1. The B-52’s – Roam [7″ Remix] (5:13)
2. The B-52’s – Roam [Radio Mix] (4:15)
3. The B-52’s – Roam [12″ Remix] (8:18)
4. The B-52’s – Bushfire (4:59)
5. The B-52’s – Roam [Extended Remix] (5:30)
6. The B-52’s – Roam [Instrumental] (5:27)


The B-52’s – Summer Of Love CDM

1. B52’s – Summer of Love (Love Dub) (7:42)
2. B52’s – Summer of Love (Summer Party Mix) (6:00)

Enjoy! No Pass!

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Music_DISCOGRAPHY, The B-52's, _MUSIC | 5 Comments

The B-52’s Discography

At the "Festival Internacional de Benicàssim", on July 21st, 2007.These deliberately goofy gals and girlish boys have been around for a hell of a long time now.

They had their 15 minutes way back with Rock Lobster and Love Shack and appearing (some of em anyway) on the truly abysmal REM track Shiny Happy People. But in truth, their body of work is a lot more substantial and quality-imbued than they are given credit for.

Keep it up, goofy gals and girlish boys!

All credit to Resin8 for these!

Some background;

The B-52’s are a New Wave rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976.

https://i1.wp.com/www.abc.net.au/newcastle/stories/m839525.jpgSome useless trivia! …. The band’s name comes from a particular beehive hairdo that is wrapped around, instead of teased, with an open “hole” in the top resembling the nose cone of the airplane of the same name. During their early years, wigs of that style were often worn by the band’s female singers Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson.

The band’s quirky take on the New Wave sound of their era was a combination of dance and surf music set apart by the unusual guitar tunings used by Ricky Wilson. Their costume thrift-store chic set them apart as well. During the Mesopotamia tour, the band’s famous wigs were under the care of Jackie Slayton, one of Athens’s leading artists and long-time friend of the band.

https://i1.wp.com/www.onlineathens.com/images/021402/onstage.jpgTheir first single, “Rock Lobster”, recorded for DB Records in 1978, was an underground success that led to the B-52’s performing at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City in New York City. “52 Girls” was the B-side. Two versions of the single were released in the UK that featured the B-side “Running Around”.

Their debut album, The B-52’s, contained re-recorded versions of “Rock Lobster” and “52 Girls”, along with six more originals and a remake of Petula Clark’s classic “Downtown”. It was eventually certified platinum. The album had greater success overseas, especially in Australia, where it hit #7 on the back of three hit singles: “Planet Claire” (#43), “Rock Lobster” (#3) and “Dance This Mess Around”. “Rock Lobster” gave the band its first entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

The follow-up, Wild Planet, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 in 1980 and was certified gold. “Private Idaho” became their second Hot 100 entry; on January 26, 1980 the B-52’s performed a breakout set on Saturday Night Live and were featured at the Heatwave festival in August 1980.

Party Mix! was released next, a remix album that took tracks from the first two LPs and presented them in extended forms.

https://i0.wp.com/www.jansoone.be/uploaded_images/B52s-719977.jpgAlthough recording sessions with David Byrne (of Talking Heads) failed, the recordings were released as the Mesopotamia EP in 1982 (Party Mix! and Mesopotamia would later be combined and released together on a single CD).

The Whammy! album in 1983 brought the band into electronic and drum machine experimentation, much to the chagrin of some of their early fans. “Legal Tender” became their third chart single.

1984 brought about an eponymous solo album from Fred Schneider (Fred Schneider & the Shake Society) with contributions from bandmates Kate Pierson and Ricky Wilson. That year, the B-52’s reformed to record Bouncing Off the Satellites.

On October 12, 1985, Ricky Wilson died at age 32 of what was originally reported as cancer but was later revealed to be AIDS-related illness. Devastated, the band went into immediate seclusion and the album sank without any tour or promotion behind it.

https://i2.wp.com/us.ent1.yimg.com/images.launch.yahoo.com/000/010/424/10424900.jpgDuring the two-year hiatus that followed Wilson’s death, Strickland switched from drums to guitar, and the B-52’s emerged in 1988 with a backing rhythm section which included Sara Lee, a former member of post-punk band Gang of Four. Their song “Cosmic Thing” was a centerpiece of the soundtrack to the movie Earth Girls Are Easy.

In 1989 the band released the album Cosmic Thing, which became their long-anticipated mainstream breakthrough. “Channel Z”, a single from the new album, became an alternative and college radio hit, receiving significant airplay on MTV’s modern rock show 120 Minutes.

“Love Shack” came next. With its party vibe and colorful music video, “Love Shack” not only became their first song to hit the US Top 40, but it went on to peak at #3. That peak was matched in early 1990 when “Roam” also hit #3. In Australia, the country that had most embraced the band a decade earlier, “Love Shack” stayed at #1 for 8 weeks.

https://i1.wp.com/www.politics1.com/pix1/B52s-04.jpgIn 1990 Cindy Wilson took time off from the band, with Julee Cruise filling in for her parts on the eventual tour. As a trio, The B-52’s released Good Stuff in 1992, which gave them another top 40 hit. It is also the group’s most overtly political album, though they had been activists and fund-raisers for environmental, AIDS and animal rights causes for many years.Subsequent singles were not as successful and the album did not sell as well as Cosmic Thing.

The band had its most recent chart entry in 1994 when, as The BC-52’s they appeared in The Flintstones live-action movie and sang the title song. In the 1990s, ex-Duran Duran drummer and Falun Gong activist Sterling Campbell joined the band, but left in 2000 to tour with David Bowie and was replaced that year by Zachary Alford.

A career retrospective, Time Capsule: Songs For a Future Generation, appeared in 1998 and Cindy Wilson rejoined the group on two new songs and a tour to promote the collection. A more extensive anthology, Nude on the Moon: The B-52’s Anthology appeared in 2002.

As the band began to tour more actively in 2003, they felt it was time to start writing new material. The process took some time as the band members all lived in different parts of the US and coordinating was not easy. The end result is an entirely new album, titled Funplex their first original album in sixteen years (since 1992’s Good Stuff). It is expected to be released on March 25, 2008.


The B-52’s – The B-52’s (1979)

1. B-52’s, The – Planet Claire (4:36)
2. B-52’s, The – 52 Girls (3:35)
3. B-52’s, The – Dance This Mess Around (4:37)
4. B-52’s, The – Rock Lobster (6:51)
5. B-52’s, The – Lava (4:55)
6. B-52’s, The – There’s A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) (4:58)
7. B-52’s, The – Hero Worship (4:08)
8. B-52’s, The – 6060842 (2:52)
9. B-52’s, The – Downtown (2:57)


The B-52’s – Wild Planet (1980)

1. B-52’s, The – Party Out Of Bounds (3:21)
2. B-52’s, The – Dirty Back Road (3:20)
3. B-52’s, The – Runnin’ Around (3:09)
4. B-52’s, The – Give Me Back My Man (4:01)
5. B-52’s, The – Private Idaho (3:37)
6. B-52’s, The – Devil In My Car (4:28)
7. B-52’s, The – Quiche Lorraine (3:58)
8. B-52’s, The – Strobe Light (4:00)
9. B-52’s, The – 53 Miles West Of Venus (4:52)


The B-52’s – Party Mix (1982)

1. The B-52’s – Party Out Of Bounds (remix) (5:11)
2. The B-52’s – Private Idaho (remix) (4:04)
3. The B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man (remix) (7:01)
4. The B-52’s – Lava (remix) (6:07)
5. The B-52’s – Dance This Mess Around (remix) (2:56)
6. The B-52’s – 52 Girls (remix) (3:04)


The B-52’s – Mesopotamia (1982)

1. B-52 – Loveland (5:04)
2. B-52’s – Deep Sleep (3:30)
3. B – 52´s – Mesopotamia – 03 – Mes (3:50)
4. B-52’s – Cake (5:36)
5. The B-52’s – Throw That Beat in the Garbag (4:30)
6. B-52’s – Nip It In The Bud (3:32)


The B-52’s – Whammy! (1983)

1. B-52’s, The – Legal Tender (3:40)
2. B-52’s, The – Whammy Kiss (5:21)
3. B-52’s, The – Song For A Future Generation (3:58)
4. B-52’s, The – Butterbean (4:17)
5. B-52’s, The – Trism (3:23)
6. B-52’s, The – Queen Of Las Vegas (4:36)
7. B-52’s, The – Moon 83 (4:01)
8. B-52’s, The – Big Bird (4:13)
9. B-52’s, The – Work That Skirt (3:50)


The B-52’s – Bouncing Off The Satellites (1986)

1. The B-52’s – Summer of Love (4:06)
2. B-52’s – B-52’s Girl From Ipanema (4:24)
3. B52’s – Housework (4:06)
4. B-52’s, The – Detour Thru Your Mind (5:09)
5. B52s – Wig (4:21)
6. B52’s – Theme For a Nude Beach (4:53)
7. The B-52’s – Ain’t It a Shame (5:32)
8. The B-52’s – Juicy Jungle (4:51)
9. B-52’s, The – Communicate (4:08)
10. B52’s – She Brakes For Rainbows (4:40)


The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing (1989)

1. The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing (3:53)
2. The B-52’s – Dry County (4:54)
3. The B-52’s – Deadbeat Club (4:47)
4. The B-52’s – Love Shack (5:21)
5. The B-52’s – Junebug (5:07)
6. The B-52’s – Roam (4:55)
7. The B-52’s – Bushfire (4:57)
8. The B-52’s – Channel Z (4:49)
9. The B-52’s – Topaz (4:21)
10. The B-52’s – Follow Your Bliss (4:09)


The B-52’s – Good Stuff (1992)

1. The B-52’s – Tell it Like it T-I-Is (5:14)
2. The B-52’s – Hot Pants Explosion (4:55)
3. The B-52’s – Good Stuff (5:58)
4. The B-52’s – Revolution Earth (5:48)
5. The B-52’s – Dreamland (7:35)
6. The B-52’s – Is That you Mo-Dean (5:31)
7. The B-52’s – The World’s Green Laughter (4:04)
8. The B-52’s – Vision of a Kiss (5:57)
9. The B-52’s – Breezin’ (5:21)
10. The B-52’s – Bad Influence (5:41)


The B-52’s – Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation (1998)

1. the B-52’s – B-52s – 01 – Planet Claire (4:35)
2. the B-52’s – B-52s – 02 – 52 Girls (3:35)
3. the B-52’s – B-52s – 03 – Rock Lobster (4:53)
4. the B-52’s – B-52s – 04 – Party Out Of Bounds (3:21)
5. the B-52’s – B-52s – 05 – Strobe Light (3:59)
6. the B-52’s – B-52s – 06 – Private Idaho (3:34)
7. the B-52’s – B-52s – 07 – Quiche Lorraine (3:56)
8. the B-52’s – B-52s – 08 – Mesopotamia (3:49)
9. the B-52’s – B-52s – 09 – Song For A Future Generation (3:58)
10. the B-52’s – B-52s – 10 – Summer Of Love (Original Unreleased Mix) (4:34)
11. the B-52’s – B-52s – 11 – Channel Z (4:50)
12. the B-52’s – B-52s – 12 – Deadbeat Club (4:53)
13. the B-52’s – B-52s – 13 – Love Shack (5:21)
14. B-52s – 14 – Roam (4:52)
15. the B-52’s – B-52s – 15 – Good Stuff (5:54)
16. the B-52’s – B-52s – 16 – Is That You Mo-Dean (5:07)
17. the B-52’s – B-52s – 17 – Debbie (3:33)
18. the B-52’s – B-52s – 18 – Hallucinating Pluto (4:18)


The B-52’s – Roam CDM

1. The B-52’s – Roam [7″ Remix] (5:13)
2. The B-52’s – Roam [Radio Mix] (4:15)
3. The B-52’s – Roam [12″ Remix] (8:18)
4. The B-52’s – Bushfire (4:59)
5. The B-52’s – Roam [Extended Remix] (5:30)
6. The B-52’s – Roam [Instrumental] (5:27)


The B-52’s – Summer Of Love CDM

1. B52’s – Summer of Love (Love Dub) (7:42)
2. B52’s – Summer of Love (Summer Party Mix) (6:00)

Enjoy! No Pass!

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, The B-52's, _MUSIC | Leave a comment