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Out of print in the U.S.! This 1992 album was the follow-up to their hugely-successful Cosmic Thing, which was their last album of the '80s. Moving on with their 'party band' persona (but minus founding member Cindy Wilson), the '90s version of the band was just as fun, catchy and focused as ever. Though down to a trio, there's not a drop in energy or ideas and Good Stuff has plenty of both. How can you resist an album with a song like 'Hot Pants Explosion'? Other highlights include 'Revolution Earth', 'Breezin'' and 'Dreamland'. The B-52s would not release another studio album for 16 years! Warner.

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Minus Cindy Wilson this is marginally less cosmic than its multi-platinum predecessor. Still, there's plenty of delicious absurdity ("Is That You Mo-Dean"), Seventies camp ("Hot Pants Explosion"), serious romance ("Revolution Earth") and a tune ("Good Stuff") that frankly celebrates the wild thing. Let's not be stingy: this is great• stuff. --Jeff Bateman

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listen  1. Tell It Like It T-I-ISThe B-52's 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hot Pants ExplosionThe B-52's 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Good StuffThe B-52's 5:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Revolution EarthThe B-52's 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. DreamlandThe B-52's 7:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Is That You Mo-Dean?The B-52's 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The World's Green LaughterThe B-52's 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Vision Of A KissThe B-52's 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Breezin'The B-52's 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002LTY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Doyle Jr. on February 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Good Stuff" is a great album that has been overshadowed by "Cosmic Thing." On its own, it is a solid, well-crafted album that deserved both wider play and a wider audience. "Cosmic Thing" is an amazing album, and when "Good Stuff" was released three years later, people were expecting more of the same. What they got was the B-52's exploring more new territory. No worries, there is plenty of fun and plenty to love on this album, but it is definitely NOT a follow-up to "Cosmic Thing." "Good Stuff" stands on it's own and deserves more respect than it received upon it's initial release.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip D. Mariconda on October 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The short staffed B52s took big chances here and won me over. However, most of their fans did not consider this Good Stuff.

This album is rather uncharacteristic with very little of their simpler, bouncy music (i.e. "Rock Lobster".) The rhythms are more subdued but still danceable. The music is much more expansive, but I still find myself singing along. I think they retained the party atmosphere for most of the album. I guess it's a party with wine and cheese instead of pizza and beer.

Track by track:
1. Tell It Like It T-I-is: Sets the tone nicely like I mentioned above.
2. Hot Pants Explosion: Naughty fun!
3. Good Stuff: The vocal play comes out for both Fred Scneider and Kate Pierson.
4. Revolution Earth: More etheral, more Kate; if you can get past the obvious overdubbing, it's really nice.
5. Dreamland: My favorite B-52s song - probably because I am a Yes fan; very unlike anything they've done before, but Kate and Fred take their vocals to a whole new level (for Kate, that's going above the stratosphere;) absolutely beautiful!
6. Is That You Mo-Dean: Back to simpler fun about an alien abduction.
7. The World's Green Laughter: An instrumental... sort of; Kate injects the "laughter" with the vocal play that she does so wonderfully - it makes rainforests sound romantic.
8. Vision of a Kiss: To quote History of the World Pt.1, "Nice, nice, not thrilling, but nice."
9. Breezin': Again, a smooth nice feel, but nothing spectacular.
10. Bad Influence: One of those occasional political songs they do; in this case, about people being outcast just for being different.

So if you're expecting a great B-52s album, you may be disappointed. But if you're open-minded that these are very talented musicians willing to step out of their comfort zone, you'll probably love this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By andy8047 on July 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Following the release of COSMIC THING in 1989,B-52's member Kate Pierson joined R.E.M. in the recording of ME IN HONEY and SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE from R.E.M.'s 1991 megahit album OUT OF TIME(I forgot to mention the latter song in the review for COSMIC THING). In 1992 came this album which sold far less than COSMIC THING. The B-52's were reduced from a quartet to a trio. Cindy Wilson quit the band after COSMIC THING. Fred Schneider's words,as usual,are spoken instead of sung. On the first track there's a bit of weirdness("tell it like it T-I is"). HOT PANTS EXPLOSION("at the factory") is awesome("they're getting so hot,we might have to take them off!")! The title track is also awesome. Pierson sings,"How about giving me some of that good stuff!". Schneider replies,"Here it is,here it is!". IS THAT YOU MO-DEAN is cool. To this day,I have no idea what that's supposed to mean. THE WORLD'S GREEN LAUGHTER is instrumental. Other cool tracks are BAD INFLUENCE,VISION OF A KISS and BREEZIN'. Not one song on this album gained as much attention as COSMIC THING'S LOVE SHACK. After this album,the band recorded MEET THE FLINTSTONES for the 1994 Universal film,THE FLINTSTONES which I like better than the version heard in the animated sitcom's opening and closing montages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on March 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Maybe this album not quite the same as "Cosmic Thing" or "Wild Planet" or any of the other B-52's albums but, if you really listen to them each of their albums are rather differant to the other. The production here is, I feel, much better than that on "Cosmic Thing" and the album does really grows on you after repeated listenings. I bought it when it first came out and I was far from disappointed. For me Kate Pierson has always been my favorite member of the group and, with the temporary departure of Cindy Wilson from this album, Kate is given her chance to really shine. Her vocals on "Revolution Earth" are, excuse the pun, out of this world! She brings the song to life in all it's psychadelic glory. It could easily pass for a companion piece to 1989's "Roam" (both songs had the same writers). Kate is also given the chance to show just what she can do on "Vision Of A Kiss". She is not "flat" or "sugary sweet" as other reviewers have stated - she really lets loose and that is pretty much what the B-52's are all about - just let loose and have a great time (and this album will definately help you do it!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on May 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Ignore the naysayers who have bashed this album on the simple fact that Cindy Wilson decided to call it quits for a while. Fred, Kate and Keith are more than capable of holding down the fort and continuing the B's legacy, thank you very much!

Seriously, this effort is just as good as, if not better than "Cosmic Thing". Though it lacks a big breakout hit, what's here is an extremely well-crafted B-52s album that manages to combine their trademark sound with the Indie-Rock of the early `90s that had become popular by acts such as fellow Athens' natives R.E.M.

The lead-off track, "Tell It Like It TIS" is ok but probably the weakest link here. ***

"Hot Pants Explosion" is classic ready-made party music with outrageous lyrics such as "Supercalafragi-what-a-outfit-u-got-on!". Definitely a highlight of this album. *****

The title track "Good Stuff" has a mesmerizing bassline and playful back-and-forth vocals from Kate and Fred. *****

Kate goes solo on "Revolution Earth" and the song is understandably earthy. ****

The poetic, beautiful "Dreamland" gives me goosebumps, especially when I can't help but think Fred's singing of Ricky Wilson in the line "All of the friends who have walked on before us...". ****

"Is That You Moe-Dean" is about a UFO and harks back to the space-theme of "Planet Claire", though updated for the `90s, with a great backing chorus repeatedly singing "Astro-projector" to close the song. *****

Normally I don't care for instrumentals, but the chirping birds and steady beat of "The World's Green Laughter" is irresistible. ****

"Vision of a Kiss" finds Fred rather sedated but still entertaining. ****

"Breezin'" finds both Kate and Fred kind of laid-back. ***

"Bad Influence" borrows a guitar line from Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Hey You" and is a rockin' end to an excellent album. ****

Highly recommended!
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