POLL if you want to...POLL around the world: The B-52's Cosmic Thing

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The instrumental is "Follow Your Bliss" and it is awesome

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 03:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

ah, Follow Your Bliss -- yeah I love that.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 03:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

At the time it was hard to separate the great record from the "this is our wink wink lol Joshua Tree watch us get paid" aspect of the B-fuckin'-52s breaking big. But this is a great record.

Roam. So joyful. So much goddamn gusto. Suddenly seems like the template for about half of the New Pornographers' first couple of records, or at least "Mass Romantic" and "From Blown Speakers"...

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 06:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

good analogy!

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 11:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

This is a great and extremely underrated album, maybe the best ever in the "looking back happily on our well-spent youth from the vantage of our 30s" genre. The loss of Ricky Wilson is really felt here but it's sort of worked through in a kind of joy for the times they would have shared with him at the Love Shack or dancing in the garden in torn sheets in the rain (in the RAAAAIN!). Maybe that sensibility is only explicit in a couple of places but I feel like it suffuses this record with an extra layer of warmth. Hard to pick a favorite - - "Bushfire" is the only thing that I could cut from the record with no second thought...but then it's "Roam" vs "Deadbeat Club" vs "Love Shack" vs the title track vs "Junebug."

"Deadbeat Club."

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

I won't disagree, but Bouncing Off the Satellites projects this vibe too: "Ain't It a Shame," "Summer of Love."

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

This was the first CD I ever owned.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Roam" will never, ever, ever get old. That song is timeless to me, the way Kate and Cindy absolutely DEVOUR the melody from the very first notes of their respective verses. And not even just on this song, really -- the whole band and the hired hands bring their absolute A-game on every track. Nothing feels lazy or phoned in. It was like, "Yeah, yeah, we're this idiosyncratic pop novelty, now a casualty of the end of New Wave. But check it, we can SING and we can PLAY, motherfuckers. Better than anybody."

Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft (Pancakes Hackman), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

A thousand house and R&B acts should have sampled that guitar riff by now.

Nile Rodgers doesn't get enough credit for producing his share of the album – maybe his best post-diana.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

wtf "Bushfire" is fucking excellent

the song on here that I never really "got" was "Deadbeat Club" but not so much because I disliked it, more because I liked everything else so much more

I think I voted "Junebug" but really the best song on here is "Channel Z"

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

i never would've thought to compare this album to Joshua Tree, although in my mind it's kind of twinned with stuff like Pump and Full Moon Fever, big '89 late-career blockbusters that are actually awesome albums.

ronnie james dyao (some dude), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah – the Billboard top ten album chart remained static for most of '89 in that pre-Soundscan way, but most of the albums were terrific: those you mentioned, plus FYC's The Raw and The Cooked, Don't Be Cruel, Like a Prayer, the Wilburys record, etc.

It might be fun to poll random week from '89.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Deadbeat Club" is the only one I dislike - the rest of this is outstanding. Thought I might have warmed to that track at some point in 20+ years, but I hate it as much now as I did then.

Voted "Roam," because that's the song I want to hear right now.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/v/_mzWFt5e1mk&fs=1&hl=en

too bad, you are getting "Channel Z"

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Roam" is great because how do you follow a strong single like "Love Shack" ? With "Roam", that's how!

Mark G, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 14:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

channel z is like the worst thing on here, this is all about roam, topaz, deadbeat club & follow yr bliss.

harshbuzz to my chilt-on (zvookster), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 14:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

Channel Z is good fun and it's always nice to just let Fred do his thing for a while ("BOMMMB!!!") but I was never able to muster a really personal relationship with it.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 14:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

One vote for 'Bushfire'! This is one of the great 'against all odds'-type of albums, really great.

zeus, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 16:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

I really love this album. Deadbeat Club and Roam are brilliant but Topaz is my favorite song they've ever done. It's such a beautiful song and that stop at the 3 minute mark just gets me every time.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

I still have the promo poster (same photo that's on the Topaz link upthread.) It was tacked on my bathroom door for YEARS, and it always made me happy to see it and think, a dozen years after the birth of punk/new wave, the band survived Ricky's death -- survived and PROSPERED!

Love this album to pieces; one of the first CDs I ever bought to replace my original vinyl.

I turn it up when I hear the banjo (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

Channel Z, but not by much.

everybody on ilx u have dandruff (Pillbox), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

Space junk! laser bombs! ozone holes!
Better put up my umbrella!
Giant stacks, blowin smoke
Politicrits, pushin dope!

everybody on ilx u have dandruff (Pillbox), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Channel Z.

I always think I hate this album until i look at the track list and realize that i just need to not remember that love shack is on there and then i really like it.

First and Last and Safeways ™ (jjjusten), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

am I mistaken as remembering Channel Z being the first single?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think you're right, though I wanna say the title track was featured in the Wayans movie Earth Girls are Easy...from the previous summer?

failboat fucking captain (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Channel Z" WAS the first single; it hit #1 on the college charts that summer.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol @ ILM ignoring "Love Shack"

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

I mean I love this band but seriously that is their biggest, signature hit for a reason

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

why not? Top 40 radio never has!

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

Biggest hit, yes. But "Rock Lobster" still has "signature" dibs.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

i think it's a case of it being over-familiar rather than anything contrarian

harshbuzz to my chilt-on (zvookster), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

fuck Love Shack it is evil

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

worse than Piano Man, almost worse than We Didn't Start the Fire

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

i get to ignore love shack because i did my time in the trenches doing sound for highly paid shitty variety cover bands, so ive earned the right

First and Last and Safeways ™ (jjjusten), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Roam" >>>> >>> "Channel Z" >>> "Deadbeat Club" >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "Love Shack"

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Love Shack is pretty fun, guys.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

I don't listen to cover bands or the radio so overexposure is not really an issue for me

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Love Shack is pretty fun, guys

xpost: if by fun you mean obnoxious, i concur.
sorry

If you can believe your eyes and ears (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

does anyone remember doogie howser going into depression and listening to channel z on repeat?

harshbuzz to my chilt-on (zvookster), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah i prefer all those B-52s songs that aren't obnoxious

what's pooping ahn (some dude), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

vinnie had to snap him out of it

harshbuzz to my chilt-on (zvookster), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Love Shack"'s great and all but obv is way overplayed. "Roam" for the riff alone

gabourey voltaire (Stevie D), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost i mean, it's doofy and obnoxious, but as far as doofy and obnoxious songs go, it's pretty good.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

ILM contrarianism at its bets keep it up guys

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

best

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

does anyone remember doogie howser going into depression and listening to channel z on repeat?

Yesssssss. First time I heard it. He just stared at the record spinning on the turntable.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

doogie had a record player? weird.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Doogie was ten years ahead of the vinyl fetishists. Cool dude.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Love Shack is pretty great, though I liked Roam more even back in 1990....

failboat fucking captain (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Doogie was ten years ahead of the vinyl fetishists. Cool dude.

it was the 80s. lots of people still had turntables.

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

was about to revive this thread and say basically what I said a year ago so let me just go ahead and retract my earlier shot against "Bushfire" - it's a little overlong but the harmonies are gorgeous, as they are basically across the whole record. Never fails to make me feel good.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 4 January 2013 23:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

I have a hard time imagining many people who could hate this album

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 6 January 2013 02:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

Would have undoubtedly voted for 'Roam', and am absolutely delighted that it topped this poll. Every time I listen to this track I think to myself "man, this really could NOT get any better".

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Sunday, 6 January 2013 03:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

SMOKE IN YOUR EYES

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

otm

gullible lochinski (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

that stuttering rhythm guitar lick on "Topaz" -- god, I love this record.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Topaz has been one of my go-to tracks ever since I started this poll: I never seem to tire of it

gullible lochinski (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 6 January 2013 05:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

basically every song on this album is fantastic, except for "Deadbeat Club" which is merely good

Solange Knowles is my hero (DJP), Sunday, 6 January 2013 05:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

TAKE IT HIP TO HIP

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 10 August 2013 03:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

I always remember Cosmic Thing as part of the year a lot of the original "alternative" or "college rock" bands made it big on the Billboard Hot 100 with the second single from their album.

There was The B-52's who released "Channel Z" (didn't chart) and then had a huge hit with "Loveshack" (#3).
The Cure did the same with "Fascination Street" (#46) followed by "Lovesong" which hit #2.
Love And Rockets came back with "Motorcycle" (didn't chart) and then had a hit with "So Alive" (#3).
REM released "Orange Crush" (didn't chart) and then "Stand" went on to become their biggest hit at the time (#6).
Depeche Mode had a minor hit with "Personal Jesus" (#28), then had their biggest chart hit with "Enjoy The Silence" (#8).

LeRooLeRoo, Saturday, 10 August 2013 05:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

wow, pretty fascinating

some dude, Saturday, 10 August 2013 11:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Weird to me that Enjoy the Silence was such a bigger hit than PJ tbh

the butthead frond (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 11 August 2013 03:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

LoveSong was a single after Fascination Street and Lullaby in the States?

piscesx, Sunday, 11 August 2013 03:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Lullaby" was third in North America.

"Enjoy The Silence" was much more radio friendly, compared to PJ which was harder and darker. (x-post)

LeRooLeRoo, Sunday, 11 August 2013 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

yah but Personal Jesus seems way more iconic, whereas I always remember Enjoy the Silence as the other (great) single from that album

the butthead frond (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

and not just because M Manson's cover either

the butthead frond (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

This was right around when I first started paying attention to pop music - I'd be shocked if "personal jesus" hadn't gone top 40 at all, heard it plenty on the radio, but I can believe "Enjoy The Silence" was even bigger.

da croupier, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

with "orange crush," "fascination street" "motorcycle" and "channel z" it looks like the traditional "first single ropes in the people who already like the act on modern/rock radio, second single goes for crossover" roll-out for a career act. I guess you could say that for Depeche too, as "Personal Jesus" is definitely the more "rock" song, even if such a rock song was atypical for them.

da croupier, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Enjoy the Silence" took off summer '90. It sounded great rubbing up against industrial strength Janet Jackson LET ME TELL YOU.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

it really was a great time to be a little nerd listening to radio - a lot of "weird" acts were having their bubblegum crossover, so later when I started reading Rolling Stone I learned the historical reasons to like these bands besides that they were funny lookin' and catchy, and could tell people i'd been into college rock since 3rd grade.

da croupier, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

"rubbing up against industrial strength Janet Jackson"

alfred didn't mean to turn me on

some dude, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 20:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

tbh this alterna crossover is one of the reasons I loved that era so much; I really felt like all of the bands I was listening to were pop bands that could totally have mainstream success if people would only just pay attention (and Depeche Mode and REM had already had one big pop moment apiece with "People Are People" and "The One I Love") and that year and a half felt like a rolling wave of vindication

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 20:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

iirc Personal Jesus wasn't advertised as 'coming from an album' or anything. Violator was still being finished, didn't have a title yet. people weren't sure (at least in the UK) if it would be on the album. album was out like.. a full year after? or near as dammit.

piscesx, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

LOL I always felt that Cosmic Thing kinda predetermined for me a fascination with post punk, ie early Fall, Slits etc

xp to croup

the butthead frond (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah basically i went from goofy "college rock" videos to rolling stone to album guides saying shit like "oh hey if you like REM, you'll like the velvet underground, and if you like the velvet underground you'll like the feelies." It wasn't until years later I remembered that what originally grabbed me was people dancing goofy to "Stand"

da croupier, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have a fond memories of seeing a team of classic cars stroll down the street to "So Alive" during a 4th of July parade in Greeley, CO. From Bauhaus to that within a decade, not bad guys.

da croupier, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

fortunately college rock has never lacked for goofy dancing

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

Prior to its release, advertisements were placed in the personal columns of regional newspapers in the UK with the words "Your own personal Jesus." Later, the ads included a phone number one could dial to hear the song.[7] The ensuing controversy helped propel the single to No. 13 on the UK charts, becoming one of Depeche Mode’s biggest sellers. The single was particularly successful commercially thanks to the fact that it was released six months prior to the album it would later appear on. Up to that point, it was the best selling 12" single in Warner Brothers history.[8]

fit and working again, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

between this period and the ability of everybody from the Meat Puppets to the Butthole Surfers getting hits through the 90s, I can't help but be bummed that our current crop of college faves have uniformly failed to make that total crossover. Though the success of shit like the Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men suggests the Arcade Fire would have had several hit singles by now if they'd jumped to a major.

da croupier, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

no need to crossover when in the bands' minds they've got a niche perfectly happy to keep'em in clover with publishing rights; and, hey, they can always sell their songs to Volkswagen.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

who are the current college darlings who aren't completely terrible

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

MIA one of the last I remember crossing over the traditional way.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh right, ha

everyone can ignore my last post, was being dumb

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Hi guys!"

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

uh

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

shake your honeybuns!

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 19:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hehehehe... it's so obvious where the face has been cropped... different colour hair was a bit of a giveaway :P

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 21:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

MIA one of the last I remember crossing over the traditional way.

― first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), mardi 13 août 2013 21:32 (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Daft Punk ?

LeRooLeRoo, Thursday, 15 August 2013 05:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

ROLLING THROUGH A FIELD OF MOLTEN FLOWERS

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 February 2014 03:44 (8 months ago) Permalink

in the reeeeeeeeed muuuud!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 24 February 2014 04:56 (8 months ago) Permalink

Song For The Future Generation is better than anything on this album IMO.

piscesx, Monday, 24 February 2014 05:06 (8 months ago) Permalink


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