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Bouncing Off The Satellites

B-52'sAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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The B-52's are most recognisable from their brightly coloured 50-retro look and their unique vocals, mixing the high-pitched melodic harmonies of lead singers Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson with the sprechgesang vocals of frontman Fred Schneider. Formed in early 1977, their eponymous debut album was released in 1978 and quickly gained an underground following, as their new-wave/surf pop ... Read more in Amazon's B-52's Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LAK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Artist: B-52'S
Street Release Date: 07/07/1987

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By M. Hart
Format:Audio CD
In 1985, one of the B-52's key members, composer/lyricist/guitarist Ricky Wilson, was suffering from complications resulting from HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, with no adequate treatments for HIV in 1985, Ricky passed away in October of that year not long after he and his band mates (sister Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland) had completed recording the album entitled "Bouncing Off the Satellites", which was released a few months later in 1986. While grieving Ricky's loss and lacking Ricky's unique guitar sound, the four surviving members of the B-52's decided to not go on a concert tour to promote the album. Sadly, this album, which was dedicated to Ricky's memory, quickly went into obscurity and many people speculated whether it marked the end of the B-52's. Fortunately, the four surviving members regrouped a few years later and recorded their most commercially successful album, "Cosmic Thing", in 1989; but Ricky's final album continues to this day to be least known B-52's album.
The ten songs of "Bouncing Off the Satellites", which total nearly 46 minutes of play time, are rather good overall in spite of several negative critiques written about the album shortly after its release in 1986. It also features rare vocals by Keith and Ricky. I rate each of the album's ten songs as follows:
1. "Summer Of Love" (5 stars, sung by Kate & Cindy). Fun & danceable song praising the fun and heat of the summer. This song was used in the soundtrack of the 1989 film "Earth Girls Are Easy".
2. "Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland" (5 stars, Sung by Cindy). A fun tribute to the well known jazzy 1960's song "Garota De Ipanema" (a.k.a.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, bittersweet B's release December 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The B-52's had been through a lot between the release of 1983's "Whammy" and the 1986 release of "Bouncing Off the Satellites." The musical climate had changed since they first came on to the scene in the late 70's with their quirky blend of sci-fi madness and new wave party anthems. It had also been 3 full years between albums. And the members' personal relationships with one another seemed to be coming apart at the seams. But sending things into even further disarray was the death of founding member and multi-instrumentalist Ricky Wilson in 1985. To make things even worse, "Bouncing Off the Satellites" was a commercial disaster, and it would be ANOTHER three years before the band would make an amazing comeback with the multi-platinum, hit-filled "Cosmic Thing."
Perhaps because of Wilson's battle with AIDS during the making of the album, "Bouncing Off the Satellites" is considerably more downbeat than its predecessors. "Summer of Love" (which was actually a top-10 dance hit) manages to be dark and upbeat at the same time, while Wilson's sister Cindy does her best Patsy Cline impersonation on the ballad (!) "Ain't it a Shame." "She Brakes for Rainbows," the closing track and one of the album's highlights, also leans toward the melancholy (it's also an absolutely gorgeous tune.)
There was much criticism of producer Tony Mansfield's synth-filled arrangements on "Bouncing Off the Satellites." Granted, the heavy synthetics sometimes added unnecessary weight to the songs, and the album as a whole lacks focus because the band members worked on their own individual tracks (only 4 songs include all 5 band members.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST AND MOST UNDERRATED OF B-52'S ALBUMS! August 26, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think many B-52's fans would agree that "Bouncin off the Satellites" is the best B-52's album. Yes, it has more of a melancoly feel, but the songs are absolutely gorgeous. "Summer of Love," "Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland," "She Brakes for Rainbows," "Detour Through Your Mind," and "Theme for a Nude Beach" are all highlights, but the true gem is "Ain't It A Shame." Sung in heartwrenching glory by Cindy, the song is arguably the most musically beautiful and under-recognized B-52's song. This album will have you laughing, crying, and thinking a lot about yourself. It captures not only the state of the B-52's during the mid-80's, but also the underlying uncertainty in society. BUY THIS ALBUM! You won't regret it. For a band that is often considered to be simply quirky, this album has true musical and emotional substance. You also won't hear many of these songs performed at concerts, so at least make them a part of your life with the recording.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorely Under-rated in its Day February 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
While this late 80s foray is not without its problems, many of which were due to Ricky Wilson's premature passing, I'm left with the impression that the band's grief over his death gives soul and depth to two of the album's most stellar cuts: "Ain't it a Shame?" and the achingly lovely "She Brakes for Rainbows."
"Whammy" the previous LP, was not my cup of tea, and my interests were veering away from the vibe that had made the first two B albums from 79 and 80 some of my favorite vinyl on the planet. For some reason I picked up this cassette that Spring of '87 on a car trip back from Tucson to L.A. and found myself transported. I think I played "She Brakes for Rainbows" about a hundred times before I finally got back to Tinseltown.
Yes, I always have problems with some of Fred's stuff, even though he's a fun guy and turns in a gem now and then (i.e. "There's A Monster in my Pants" for instance), so "Detour Thru Your Mind" and "Juicy Jungle" don't get played much. But "Housework" is lite and catchy, and "Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland" is fab dance floor psychedelia with cosmic reverb galore.
The highlight here for me is Cindy Wilson's eccentric, interstellar, one-of-a-kind voice, and yeah, I dig all the Fairlight synthethic textures, as much as people panned them in their day.
Chalk up another one for the South and the Bs: They took the bitchiness out of camp and replaced it with love.
Flyyyyyyyyyy, Brenda..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars THEY DID TOUR
Published 7 months ago by KEVIN J. KEEFE
3.0 out of 5 stars 1 good song
ain't it a shame is the only decent song on the record 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Published 19 months ago by David A. Weeks
4.0 out of 5 stars It almost ended here...
Sadly, "Bouncing Off the Satellites," the B-52s' 1986 release, will always have guitarist Ricky Wilson's death looming over it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by ewomack
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw A Rock At the B-52's,They Make Rock Candy
It's pretty well known that the abrupt death of original guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985 hit them hard. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic...
Ahhh fond memories... (and giving away my age) It was the summer of 1986 and I was a freshman in high school; and already a big fan of the B-52's since the days of Rock Lobster, so... Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by JxSx
5.0 out of 5 stars WITHOUT A DOUBT....AWESOME ALBUM !!
I purchases this on cassette when it came out in the 80's and listen to it even today. This album was and STILL is AWESOME!! Read more
Published on February 15, 2009 by Randy Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Fun 101!
Ah, the memories that this album has played as a summer soundtrack... One of my favorite albums from this fabulous group. Frankly, it's fun any time of the year!
Published on February 3, 2009 by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
If you are a fan of the B52's you should have this in your collection.
Published on October 12, 2008 by Cat Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun
This is another FUN creation from the group! What a great job. Each song is sing-along-able. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!
Published on May 6, 2008 by Stefan Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Band closes one door opens another
Bouncing off the satellites - I was introduced to the bees in the 1970's when Rock Lobster was televised on "Saturday Night Live" - "quirky" was my only thought. Read more
Published on February 12, 2008 by Huevos Rancheros
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