Bouncing Off the Satellites

Bouncing Off the Satellites

by The B-52s
     
 
Two years after the release of Whammy!, guitarist Ricky Wilson died of AIDS, a shattering blow for the B-52's. The group recouped and finished Bouncing Off the Satellites, the album they were recording when Wilson died. Considering their loss, it's not surprising that the B-52's don't sound entirely focused throughout the

Overview

Two years after the release of Whammy!, guitarist Ricky Wilson died of AIDS, a shattering blow for the B-52's. The group recouped and finished Bouncing Off the Satellites, the album they were recording when Wilson died. Considering their loss, it's not surprising that the B-52's don't sound entirely focused throughout the record, and it's easy to forgive them for the momentary loss of direction. Musically, it's a continuation of Whammy!, with the group's signature sound being enhanced by drum machines, synths, and sessionmen. There are so many musicians on the record that it winds up sounding too carefully considered -- the polar opposite of the loose, inspired fun of their early work. That said, there are some flashes of inspiration scattered throughout the album ("Wig," "Juicy Jungle," "Theme for a Nude Beach," "She Brakes for Rainbows"). There isn't quite enough to make it of interest to anyone but the dedicated, yet those listeners will find that there's enough worth hearing on Bouncing off the Satellites, especially if they're in a forgiving mood.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0075992550420
catalogNumber:
25504

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Summer of Love
  2. The Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland
  3. Housework
  4. Detour Thru Your Mind
  5. Wig
  6. Theme for a Nude Beach
  7. Ain't It a Shame
  8. Juicy Jungle
  9. Communicate
  10. She Brakes for Rainbows

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B-52s   Primary Artist
Fred Schneider   Vocals
Tom Beckerman   Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Coté   Background Vocals
Tony Mansfield   Synthesizer,fairlight
Mark Mazur   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Kate Pierson   Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tim Rollins   Guitar
Keith Strickland   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cindy Wilson   Vocals
Ricky Wilson   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Adey Wilson   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Beckeman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
Tony Mansfield   Producer
Steve Peck   Engineer
Shep Pettibone   Producer,Remixing
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Keith Bennett   Art Direction
Kav DeLuxe   Art Direction
Kenny Scharf   Paintings

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