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

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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

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, March 24, 2010 9:31 PM (22 minutes ago)

do you live in a world where sounds are emitted from TVs movies and stores?

First and Last and Safeways ™ (jjjusten), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah i was abt to say, '89 was only the first year CDs outsold vinyl

what's pooping ahn (some dude), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

it was the 80s. lots of people still had turntables.
yeah, but doogie was kind of ahead of his time, wasn't he? Seems like he'd at least have a discman or something.
what else did the doog have in his record collection do you think?

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:57 (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.

That was part of my joke.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

what a horribly formed etc

what's pooping ahn (some dude), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

do you live in a world where sounds are emitted from TVs movies and stores?

not really

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

what movies was Love Shack used in?

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 21:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

simmer down shakey love shack is great but roam is more great

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

that "glove slap" song from the Simpsons (to the tune of Love Shack) is funny.

tylerw, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Roam is allright but it doesn't feature Fred, who is hands-down the best feature of any B-52s song

Whats with all the littering? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

The best feature: the girls' harmonies. The second best: the guitars (Ricky's or Keith's).

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

nothing wrong with LS, but to my mind it is the fourth best single from this album (tho all four are admittedly brilliant). <3<3<3 the guitar solo in it.

I need to listen to the other album trax some more. it's been too long & I'm really liking the sound of "topaz."

everybody on ilx u have dandruff (Pillbox), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

# "Cold Case" (1 episode, 2006)
- Lonely Hearts (2006) TV episode (performer: "Love Shack")
# SingStar Rocks! (2006) (VG) (performer: "Love Shack")
# Cathouse 2: Back in the Saddle (2003) (TV) (performer: "Love Shack")
# "The Simpsons" (1 episode, 1999)
- E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt) (1999) TV episode (performer: "Glove Slap")
# Rising Sun (1993) (performer: "LOVE SHACK")
# Frankie and Johnny (1991) (performer: "LOVE SHACK")
... aka "Frankie & Johnny" - USA (poster title)
# "Ferris Bueller" (1 episode, 1990)
- Grace Under Pressure (1990) TV episode (performer: "Love Shack")
# "Full House" (1 episode, 1990)
- Our Very First Telethon (1990) TV episode (performer: "Love Shack")

nothing since 2006, Roam is preferred from then on TELLINGLY

That was part of my joke.

that's as may be, but tv's doogie howser listened to college radio & played vinyl, it was very much a character decision. tv's doogie howser could listen on anything he liked & he listened on vinyl TELLINGLY

harshbuzz to my chilt-on (zvookster), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:15 (4 years 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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