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

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Good Stuff is totally Cosmic Thing Pt. II, down to the producers and mix. Songwriting isn't as good, but still worth owning -- and you can pick up a used copy easily.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 March 2010 22:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

there's something about this video...it's nothing spectacular but it captures that vibe that's been kind of pointed out...the whole end-of-the-New-Wave thing, as well as the whole smiling-through-the-tears thing...it's really great

failboat fucking captain (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

as a kid i loved the Cosmic Thing singles but Good Stuff was the first one they put out after I started buying CDs, so for years that was the only B-52s album I had. haven't put it on in a long while but I'd probably still like it.

what's pooping ahn (some dude), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten there was a Stipe cameo in that video.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

I remember thinking that "Tell It Like It T-I-S" was such a profound shark jump that I almost completely disowned their entire back catalog. I'm glad I didn't, as that would have been really silly, but still: not a fan of that song/era.

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

Good Stuff is totally Cosmic Thing Pt. II

MINUS Cindy Wilson, though, which makes as big a difference as Ricky Wilson not being there.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Is That You Mo-Dean?" is pretty good.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

(xpost) ^I wz just about to post this but then accidentally demolished my browser window somehow...

don't let it rest on the President's desk (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

(about Cindy Wilson's absence making Good Stuff seem weaker)

meanwhile, I'm listening to "Love Shack" right now, and as far as overplayed songs go, this is about the cream of the crop...

don't let it rest on the President's desk (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

pretty sure that people who hate "love Shack" eat live kittens

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

NOM NOM

Mr. Que, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh how good is roam !
completely forgot about that song.

mark e, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

damn these kittens are tasty

First and Last and Safeways ™ (jjjusten), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

well I already KNEW you guys ate kittens, that's what led me to form the hypothesis in the first place

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh and btw:

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

That video reminds me of the huge adolescent crush I had on Kate P (& also Cindy, but to a slightly lesser extent).

everybody on ilx u have dandruff (Pillbox), Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

I still have crushes on both of them right now.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh Cindy looks totally doable in the Deadbeat Club video...

don't let it rest on the President's desk (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Supercalifragiwhata outfit you got on!

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Good Stuff is totally Cosmic Thing Pt. II, down to the producers and mix. Songwriting isn't as good, but still worth owning -- and you can pick up a used copy easily.

Good Stuff is for sure worth owning if you're a B's fan (1 cent on amazon,) but I don't think it hits any of the highs of Cosmic Thing, and some of the lows (The World's Green Laughter, Bad Influence) are pretty low.

I turn it up when I hear the banjo (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm alone, but "Good Stuff" is at least as good as "Deadbeat Club."

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm not feeling that, but I do have an extended mix of Good Stuff with added horns that's really good.

I think the first four songs on the album, plus Mo-Dean, are pretty good, but second half really trails off.

I turn it up when I hear the banjo (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh, but is Mo-dean the one that ends repeating "Astral Projector" ad infinitum? That's kind of annoying.

I turn it up when I hear the banjo (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm alone, but "Good Stuff" is at least as good as "Deadbeat Club."

I sort of agree with this but I am not really a fan of "Deadbeat Club".

ALLAH! *rolls on floor* (HI DERE), Thursday, 25 March 2010 17:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Good Stuff" is much, much better than "Deadbeat Club." Nobody's dangin' on the Deadbeats.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 25 March 2010 17:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh, but is Mo-dean the one that ends repeating "Astral Projector" ad infinitum? That's kind of annoying.

Maybe, but I like the massed vocals that join in along the way.

Funplex is better than Good Stuff.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 26 March 2010 03:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

Okay, I relistened to Good Stufflast night, and some of the stuff I thought I didn't like much was better than I remembered. I STILL don't own Funplex and need to get.

I turn it up when I hear the banjo (Dan Peterson), Friday, 26 March 2010 14:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 28 March 2010 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

so am i like the only person who thinks "Dry County" is a standout?

some dude, Sunday, 28 March 2010 01:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

should probly relisten to this, but hate hate the sound of it so much (in comparison to my great love for anything whammy or earlier- or even the first schneider album)

fat mantis (Hunt3r), Sunday, 28 March 2010 02:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dry County is pretty great, though I wouldn't exactly call it a standout...I love the way those little exhortations all the way through the song remind me of Prince, and the punchline is great...a really cool, bluesy (in tone not sound) song...

when I was nine I thought this song wz about living in the desert...

don't let it rest on the President's desk (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 28 March 2010 13:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 28 March 2010 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

After listening to the album once more today, "Follow Your Bliss" really stood out.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 March 2010 23:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

Unfuckingbelievable rating Roam over Love Shack.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Sunday, 28 March 2010 23:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

missed this poll, would have voted with the majority (Love Shack a close second). forgot how lovely Topaz is

When I was 11 I borrowed this tape from my local library and it made a big impression. I wrote out all the lyrics from the inlay in my school exercise book (including copying the zany lettering and doodles).

p-dog, Sunday, 28 March 2010 23:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Unfuckingbelievable rating Roam over Love Shack.

yay!

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 March 2010 23:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

I saw the original LS 7" single in a charity shop. The sleeve was a folder thing which you could assemble into your very own love shack!

Mark G, Monday, 29 March 2010 14:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

"Dry County" maybe the real overlooked gem here. But what a great record.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 14 January 2011 19:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

When the blues whomp you up on the side of the head
Throw em to the floor and kick em out the door
WHENNNNNN the BLUES kick you in the HEAD

Doctor Casino, Friday, 14 January 2011 19:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah Dry County is awesome.

Are you anticipating an end to the Age of Stupid? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 14 January 2011 20:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

still in love with Topaz though...

(still in love with this thread too)

some hills are never seen (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 14 January 2011 20:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

haha i seriously opened this thread thinking "maybe someone else will finally show some love for Dry County"

some dude, Saturday, 15 January 2011 01:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

"Topaz" is so beautiful. I love this record.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Add me to the list of people for whom 'Roam' is their favourite track on this album. It's not a track that I listen to often, but it's nothing but sheer joy when I do.

Turrican, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would love to do "Roam" at karaoke.

dream words & nightmare paragraphs from a red factory in a dead town (Abbbottt), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Of all the albums I've had since childhood, this is easily my favorite.

da croupier, Saturday, 18 February 2012 06:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

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


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