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

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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

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 (11 months 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 (11 months ago) Permalink

wow, pretty fascinating

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

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

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

and not just because M Manson's cover either

the butthead frond (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:35 (11 months 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 (11 months 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 (11 months ago) Permalink


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