Cosmic Thing

Cosmic Thing

by The B-52s


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/1989
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0075992585422
catalogNumber: 25854
Rank: 21787

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Performance Credits

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
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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