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

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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 (8 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 (8 months ago) Permalink

wow, pretty fascinating

some dude, Saturday, 10 August 2013 11:51 (8 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 (8 months ago) Permalink

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

piscesx, Sunday, 11 August 2013 03:40 (8 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 (8 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 (8 months ago) Permalink

and not just because M Manson's cover either

the butthead frond (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:35 (8 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 (8 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months ago) Permalink

"Hi guys!"

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:58 (8 months ago) Permalink

uh

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:59 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

ROLLING THROUGH A FIELD OF MOLTEN FLOWERS

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 24 February 2014 03:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

in the reeeeeeeeed muuuud!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 24 February 2014 04:56 (1 month ago) Permalink

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

piscesx, Monday, 24 February 2014 05:06 (1 month ago) Permalink


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