The B-52's - Wild Planet poll

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In a world of doom and gloom, at the moment, I wanted to poll something light and so much fun.

The B-52's poll by Bee OK
MesoPOLLtamia: The B-52's "Mesopotamia" Poll by Alfred, Lord Sotosyn
POLL if you want to...POLL around the world: The B-52's Cosmic Thing by Drugs A. Money

♫ Before I talk, I should read a POLL! ♪ ILM Artist Poll #93 ♪ B-52’s ♫ by Bee OK and Karl Malone

Poll Results

OptionVotes
4. "Give Me Back My Man" 4:00 21
5. "Private Idaho" 3:35 20
8. "Strobe Light" 3:59 10
1. "Party Out of Bounds" 3:21 6
2. "Dirty Back Road" 3:21 4
7. "Quiche Lorraine" 3:58 3
3. "Runnin' Around" 3:09 2
6. "Devil in My Car" 4:28 2
9. "53 Miles West of Venus" 4:53 1


Bee OK, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:06 (two weeks ago) link

this album did come in second on are above artist poll...

Bee OK, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:06 (two weeks ago) link

hard not to vote for "Party Out of Bounds" as what better way to start off an album?

Bee OK, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:07 (two weeks ago) link

quiche la POOODLE

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:13 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, cant beat the opener

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:27 (two weeks ago) link

Yes it can.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:29 (two weeks ago) link

"Private Idaho" for one.

Also:

I'LL GIVE YOU FISH

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:29 (two weeks ago) link

I asked this in some other B-52s thread, but anyone have any idea what Queen of the Nile is?

☮️ (peace, man), Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:13 (two weeks ago) link

voted “dirty back road”

brimstead, Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:13 (two weeks ago) link

I asked this in some other B-52s thread, but anyone have any idea what Queen of the Nile is?

I've always wondered

Give Me Back My Man > Dirty Back Roads > Party Out of Bounds > Private Idaho

Brad C., Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:59 (two weeks ago) link

Three way tie for me: Party, Give Me, Idaho. Voting the latter, but that’s pretty much random. Sweet, sweet, sweeeeet..... record!

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 26 March 2020 01:30 (two weeks ago) link

I was a Quiche Lorraine man for a very long time, but the past few years have been all about Strobe Light for me.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 26 March 2020 03:30 (two weeks ago) link

This album has grown immensely important as there was no way did I ever expect my 5 and 2 year olds to latch to this so quickly when it was sporadically playing in the background. “Play Private Idaho!” is music request I’ll never tire of.

That said- “Give Me Back My Man”

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 26 March 2020 05:58 (two weeks ago) link

awwwww shiiiiiit

Karl Malone, Thursday, 26 March 2020 06:39 (two weeks ago) link

that "give me back my man" video is everything to me. freeze frame at 1:34

Karl Malone, Thursday, 26 March 2020 06:44 (two weeks ago) link

'Give Me Back My Man' is my favourite B-52s track and this video may well be my favourite music video by any band.

The look that Cindy gives her brother around 2 minutes into the song is particularly poignant.

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Thursday, 26 March 2020 07:31 (two weeks ago) link

Yep. That or "Private Idaho" are my absolute faclve B-52s songs full stop.

Let's kill the Queen and be legends (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:18 (two weeks ago) link

In fact I can't watch them right now cos too many feelings to be under lockdown

Let's kill the Queen and be legends (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:20 (two weeks ago) link

"Private Idaho", it's a party but the menace is constant

Joey Corona (Euler), Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:26 (two weeks ago) link

video is all time.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:11 (two weeks ago) link

Indeed. I sense Give Me Back My Man will win this. Its only fault is it doesn't give Fred much to do.

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

i voted _party out of bounds_ impulsively, and wish i could recast for strobe light instead. i do think _party_ is a more memorable song to me now, but strobe light was more gigantic in my brain in 1983, which is when my cells really came on line for this album.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:07 (two weeks ago) link

Give Me Back My Man is fine and all, but no song w such minimal Fred (the best B52) content deserves to win imo

Οὖτις, Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:13 (two weeks ago) link

he did play the toy piano and extra synth parts

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:17 (two weeks ago) link

dunno if they are fred’s extra synth parts, but the reverb percussion sounds on that song are wonderful

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:47 (two weeks ago) link

Gave it to Party Out of Bounds just slightly over Give Me Back My Man. Agree with Bee OK - this one of my favorite album openers ever. Favorite line is "Who's to blame when situations degenerate?"

☮️ (peace, man), Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:53 (two weeks ago) link

THE DOG THAT BROUGHT ME SO MUCH JOY

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:11 (two weeks ago) link

i just listened to this in full yet again and want to change my vote to "Strobe Light." record is just so much fun to listen to but the YouTube link that i listened to was mixed really loud and the brick walled sound didn't suit it.

Bee OK, Friday, 27 March 2020 17:55 (two weeks ago) link

quiche lorraine is a sentimental favorite, but it's really hard to deny private idaho, which is one of the rip-roarin'-est rock songs of the whole era.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Friday, 27 March 2020 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

but then again, "having a good time on a crummy day is our game!!!"

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Friday, 27 March 2020 18:54 (two weeks ago) link

Thank you for this Bee. Putting it on right now!

LeRooLeRoo, Friday, 27 March 2020 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

How cool are these girls ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMoOPo5zW3w

LeRooLeRoo, Friday, 27 March 2020 20:56 (two weeks ago) link

they are the coolest

sleeve, Friday, 27 March 2020 21:02 (two weeks ago) link

Cindy's like a real life Keane painting in that one.

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Friday, 27 March 2020 22:21 (two weeks ago) link

THE DOG THAT BROUGHT ME SO MUCH JOY
HAS LEFT ME WALLOWING IN PAIN

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 27 March 2020 22:33 (two weeks ago) link

Once upon a time there was a "twofer" cassette of the debut and Wild Planet, which I often declared was my desert island "disc." Love those two so much, words can't explain.

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Friday, 27 March 2020 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

they really are a great band that i didn't appreciate at the time. i decided to do the Acclaimed Music polls for every decade since the 60s back in the day. 1979 just happened to be the first poll in that series. when The B-52's won that poll it blew my mind because i had no idea how great the debut was. ILM is the place where i discovered this band. fast forward a few years and i was going to run the artist poll for them, had to bail but it has been a long a very fun ride since this board made me take notice. just one of the examples of why i do love ILM as much as i do, this place is very, very special!

Bee OK, Friday, 27 March 2020 23:09 (two weeks ago) link

exactly, imo. only been 18 years, but still.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Friday, 27 March 2020 23:36 (two weeks ago) link

wooo this is my fav of their albums!

KevRus, Saturday, 28 March 2020 00:35 (one week ago) link

Confession: I only listened more closely to the second and third B-52's LPs after Chicks On Speed (!) covered "Give Me Back My Man" and "...Future Generation". I'd heard both LPs (and had a copy of this one + the debut, whose merits had been obvious since the beginning of time), but only "Private Idaho" and "Legal Tender" really stuck with me, for a ridiculously large number of years.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 28 March 2020 03:03 (one week ago) link

This is like a four way tie for me Part, Man, Idaho and Strobe. I'm going to vote for "Strobe Light" in this case.

the future is now, Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:23 (one week ago) link

"Give Me Back My Man" is one of my fave songs/videos ever, and i did vote for it, but it's not a very representative B-52's song. very little fred, as shakey mentioned, but more than that it's a pretty serious song! it's not "fun" like so many B-52's songs are, it's just fucking awesome

probably should have voted "Party Out of Bounds" because it's ALSO fucking awesome, and it kind of the epitome of the B-52's experience

Karl Malone, Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:53 (one week ago) link

also, i am the least qualified person to point out typos on ilx, but gentle reminder to everyone that it is B-52's, with an apostrophe. very important to adhere to that messed up tradition!

Karl Malone, Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:54 (one week ago) link

fun fact of ancient Athens history: my wife dated Cindy's man for a while, and then Cindy took him back

as far as I know no fish or divinity was exchanged

Brad C., Saturday, 28 March 2020 18:54 (one week ago) link

That's a great story. Really makes you think how interconnected we all are and how small the world actually is.

Bee OK, Saturday, 28 March 2020 22:50 (one week ago) link

but gentle reminder to everyone that it is B-52's, with an apostrophe

Not anymore!

Q With this album, you made a change in your moniker after 32 years: You dropped the apostrophe from B-52s. Why?

A It was not grammatically correct. It's not like a possessive. It just seemed superfluous. Actually, we were trying to modernize our logo. Then we realized it was so good, why change it? We just dropped the apostrophe because it's easier, and when you go on the web, it just simplifies things.

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Saturday, 28 March 2020 23:33 (one week ago) link

wtf

Karl Malone, Sunday, 29 March 2020 00:06 (one week ago) link

listen, i will always love the b-52's, and i still think they're all great as people and stuff, but that is a jumping the shark moment if i ever saw one

Karl Malone, Sunday, 29 March 2020 00:07 (one week ago) link

It’s particularly funny if you look back at how small their logo is on most album covers after the first few. Like, glad they solved that “problem”:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/51/Funplex.jpg

WFH FTW (morrisp), Sunday, 29 March 2020 03:53 (one week ago) link

(unless that’s the point - that a tiny apostrophe doesn’t look good / reproduce well on a small logo? seems fine to me on the other covers.)

WFH FTW (morrisp), Sunday, 29 March 2020 03:55 (one week ago) link

but that is a jumping the shark moment if i ever saw one

Still not as dumb as Matchbox 20 insisting "twenty" be spelled out and the whole name only being lowercase ("matchbox twenty").

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 29 March 2020 03:57 (one week ago) link

Given that it was my #1 in the artist poll, I don't think I can turn my back on Devil In My Car now, a personal favorite.
"I'm goin' to Hell in my old Chevrolet"

This is such a great album. I would argue their most Southern album as well. Dirty Back Road, Give Me Back My Man, & the aforementioned Devil In My Car all capture that "duality thing" years before more-famous Southern bands.

campreverb, Sunday, 29 March 2020 16:19 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 30 March 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMFZGnlqMWY

Bee OK, Monday, 30 March 2020 17:21 (one week ago) link

Yeah it's Devil in My Car for me too, imo the best of the rollercoaster songs on here

doktor forstus (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 30 March 2020 17:36 (one week ago) link

Went up to my local comic book store before they shut down curbside deliveries today and picked up Archie Meets the B-52s. I haven't actually read an Archie comic since I was 10, but I wanted to show the b52s some love. Here is a relevant scene with Betty and Cindy:

https://imgur.com/JwTxg4B

☮️ (peace, man), Monday, 30 March 2020 21:25 (one week ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/JwTxg4B.jpg

☮️ (peace, man), Monday, 30 March 2020 21:25 (one week ago) link

wow!!

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 March 2020 22:38 (one week ago) link

betty's immediately like "oh, sorry, no i haven't heard of Love Shack. good luck tonight!"

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 March 2020 22:39 (one week ago) link

then cindy says "well, i mean you know we could play "Give Me Back My Man" instead, with you up there, since that's the one you know!" and Betty's like "oh yeah, sure! Yes, I know that one well. I'll be there!"

Karl Malone, Monday, 30 March 2020 22:40 (one week ago) link

lol

Bee OK, Monday, 30 March 2020 23:08 (one week ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

I’m good with these results. Virtual tie between the song that best showcases Cindy and the time-tested new wave classic that encapsulates everything I love about the band.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 00:12 (one week ago) link

Pineapple needed more kissing.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 01:19 (one week ago) link

GASP

*organ trill*

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 01:23 (one week ago) link

this album is so strong that even "53 Miles West Of Venus" is a totally defensible pick, kudos to that voter

sleeve, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 02:53 (one week ago) link

Great turnout! Agree about 53 Miles West Of Venus Sleeve. I've really come to love that as a closer in recent years. Certainly a stronger finish than Downtown on the first album.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 04:00 (one week ago) link

This is the first time in my whole life I’ve felt like my vote truly mattered

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 04:56 (one week ago) link

lol

i feel guilty! i should have voted for party out of bounds.

20
20
10
7

it would have been such a good progression

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:12 (one week ago) link

bless this album.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:12 (one week ago) link

In many ways this and the debut are the apex of rhythm guitar playing. It's alchemy, it presses some button deep in my brain and I just go "guh, want guitar sound loud play more faster."

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:25 (one week ago) link

I voted for 'Private Idaho' but secretly wanted 'Give Me Back My Man' to win, so this worked out nicely!

KevRus, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:34 (one week ago) link

i don't even have strong opinion on results, i'm just glad it has so much love all around because it is fucking good all around.

blather rinse repeat 2020 (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 18:59 (one week ago) link

"Strobe Light" might boast my favorite Kate organ lines.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:06 (one week ago) link

I voted for 'Private Idaho' but secretly wanted 'Give Me Back My Man' to win, so this worked out nicely!

same, but with “Dirty Back Road”

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:39 (one week ago) link


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