Cosmic Thing

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Many observers were prepared to write off the B-52's after the release of Bouncing Off the Satellites. Granted, the album was completed in the wake of Ricky Wilson's death, but the group appeared bereft of new musical ideas and were sounding rather stale. In other words, the last thing anyone expected was a first-class return to form, which is what they got with Cosmic Thing. Working with producers Don Was and Nile Rodgers, the B-52's updated their sound with shiny new surfaces and deep, funky grooves -- it was the same basic pattern as before, only refurbished and contemporized. Just as importantly, they had their best set of songs since at least Wild Planet, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Many observers were prepared to write off the B-52's after the release of Bouncing Off the Satellites. Granted, the album was completed in the wake of Ricky Wilson's death, but the group appeared bereft of new musical ideas and were sounding rather stale. In other words, the last thing anyone expected was a first-class return to form, which is what they got with Cosmic Thing. Working with producers Don Was and Nile Rodgers, the B-52's updated their sound with shiny new surfaces and deep, funky grooves -- it was the same basic pattern as before, only refurbished and contemporized. Just as importantly, they had their best set of songs since at least Wild Planet, possibly since their debut. "Cosmic Thing" and "Channel Z" were great up-tempo rockers; "Roam" had a groovy beat blessed with a great Cindy Wilson vocal; and "Deadbeat Club" was one of their rare successful reflective numbers. Then there was "Love Shack," an irresistible dance number with delightfully silly lyrics and hooks as big as a whale that unbelievably gave the group a long-awaited Top Ten hit. The thing is, Cosmic Thing would already have been considered a triumphant return without its commercial success. The big sales were just the icing on the cake.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/1989
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992585422
  • Catalog Number: 25854
  • Sales rank: 21,290

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cosmic Thing (3:50)
  2. 2 Dry County (4:54)
  3. 3 Deadbeat Club (4:45)
  4. 4 Love Shack (5:21)
  5. 5 Junebug (5:04)
  6. 6 Roam (4:54)
  7. 7 Bushfire (4:58)
  8. 8 Channel Z (4:49)
  9. 9 Topaz (4:20)
  10. 10 Follow Your Bliss (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The B-52s Primary Artist
Fred Schneider Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Nile Rodgers Guitar, Electric Guitar
Carl Beatty Horn
Chris Cioe Horn
Leroy Clouden Drums
Charley Drayton Drums
Sonny Emory Drums
Steve Ferrone Drums
Bob Funk Horn
Richard Hilton Keyboards
Paul Literal Horn
Tom Mandel Keyboards
Kate Pierson Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Philippe Saisse Keyboards
Keith Strickland Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cindy Wilson Vocals
Charlie Drayton Drums
Sara Lee Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Arno Hecht Horn
Tommy Mandel Keyboards
Technical Credits
Fred Schneider Composer
Nile Rodgers Producer
David Cook Engineer
Tom Durack Engineer
Richard Hilton Programming
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Kate Pierson Composer
Keith Strickland Composer
Don Was Producer
Cindy Wilson Composer
Tom Durak Engineer
Robert Waldrop Composer
Dave Cook Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb music, right up there with the classics...

    The B-52's are some of the most talented artists that have been around through the 80's and handled it perfectly well. I remember as a kid my mom used to blast The B-52's on the stereo (we both knew all the words to all the songs on Cosmic Thing) and it was so memorable for me.

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