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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A side step from the B's usual rock sound.
Steve Juhase
Listen to Trism, Whammy Kiss, Song For..., Butterbean or Legal Tender one more time.
Thomas Baldwin
They use their vocals as instruments just like a keyboard or a guitar.
Douglas Coronel

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Baldwin on June 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
1. This aint the B-52's first album featuring synthesizers. They were definitly used on Wild Planet on a few tracks, and they were *heavily* used on the amazingly underrated Mesopatamia EP of 1982.
2. This is a great disc, the electronics used in it are quirky as hell, and I imagine purposely. These sound atypical of the synths used in the popular dance tracks of 1983.
3. To say this album is devoid of hooks is just an ignorant comment. Listen to Trism, Whammy Kiss, Song For..., Butterbean or Legal Tender one more time. The girls sound better vocally on this LP then Wild Planet or the debut (but not quite as good as they did on Mesopatamia).
4. This isn't the best B-52's disc, but I think it's maligned by some for no real reason, along with Mesopatamia and Bouncing Off The Satalites. I t seems some people only like the B-52's albums that were commercially successful...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I saw the B-52s at RED ROCK during their promotional tour for this album. They came out and sang "SONG TO A FUTURE GENERATION", sans any LIVE band, with this surreal "hello my name is Cindy, and I'm a CANCER" band introduction. I was STUNNED, because up until that time, the idea that a COMPUTER would play all the musical parts, and a band would just come out and sing to canned music, was unheard of. IT offended my every bone. Now this is almost the norm for many genres of modern rock. In that sense, this album was far ahead of itself. They were adding TONS of textures to their once ultra basic rock sound, thanks to the first programable sampler, which Peter Gabriel seemed to master for his album SECURITY, the Fairlight CMI. In that sense, this album is basically the band PROGRAMMING drum samples, keyboard samples, bass samples. So, the groove is a bit mechanical. SO, anyway, that concert. By the end of the concert, they were all jamming on real instruments, Cindy on her bongos, Kate on her Farfisa Keyboard, Keith and Rick on drums and guitar, and Fred using a little Casio type keyboard to push out some bass notes. I'm so sad to see that the Yoko Ono tribute they recorded on the first version of the LP, a version "Don't Worry, Kyoto", has not been released. Yoko had said publically she liked their sound. (It was obvious, that the B-girrrrls were influenced by Yoko.) So, that Yoko would force them to remove that song, is regrettable. BTW, for those who never heard that song, they basically had a one chord hypnotic backing track, and overtop that, Kate, and Cindy sang DONT WORRY over and over again, with Fred adding a spoken word "DONT WORRY" on top of that. It was cool, and didnt sound like anything else they had done, tho it sounded perfectly B-52s.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
We are going to pretend that "Mesopotamia," the album the B-52's did with David Byrne, and talking about their fourth album, "Whammy!" as if it were their third. So just nod your head and play along, because this 1983 album gets the mavens of kitsch back on track, albeit aided and abetted by drum machines and synthesizers. This is not a great album, but it certainly is fun and easy to dance to, which was always the strength of the B-52's (What? You thought it was the lyrics reflecting Fred Schneider's philosophy?). Fans of the group would at least have to judge "Song for a Future Generation" as being the best track on the album, but "Legal Tender," "Whammy Kiss," and the instrumental "Work That Skirt" are pretty good as well, but "Butterbean" is the song you will embarrass yourself singing in the kitchen. Overall "Whammy" is not as great as their debut album or as good as "Cosmic Thing," but a lot better than their next album "Bouncing Off the Satellites." For fans of the B-52's this one is certainly worth having. Note: There is one significant difference between this CD reissue and the originally "Whammy!" album. Gone is a cover of Yoko Ono's "Don't Worry," because of copyright troubles, and in its place is "Moon 83." I never heard the original so I cannot comment on the substitution beyond the obvious fact that "Moon 83" is one of the weakest tracks on the album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album, "Whammy!," is The B-52s' first move into electronic territory with including synthesizers and sessionmen, and everything. There are simply wonderful songs to be found here. The album has a wonderful start, "Legal Tender." Then, it continues with "Whammy Kiss," which is really good. Next, is my favorite, "Song For A Future Generation." Anyway, the songs are good, until the finish of "Queen of Las Vegas." I believe "Don't Worry" was originally track seven, but they ran into copyright problems with Yoko Ono, when the album was reissued, so it was pulled, and replaced by the weak "Moon 83'." Personally, from "Moon 83," on, the album has a sadly terribly weak finish. It's such a shame.
I must agree with the other reviewer in saying, "you can certainly tell the album was recorded in 1983..." Anyway, at times the synthesizer beats sound very clunky, but that's part of the kitsch and campiness The B-52's are all about. This album is truly a gem among their collection. I wish it only had "Don't Worry," and maybe the finish of the album wouldn't have sounded so weak.
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