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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner 1980
  • ASIN: B000002KLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The B-52's influence cuts a wide path through much of so-called Modern Rock-- from the low-fi efforts of nouveau garage bands and the Retro-Hip of Ultra-Lounge to the very ascendance of Dance music itself. Twenty years and 20 million albums into a career that began as a low-rent lark in Athens, Georgia, the B-52's remain the most unlikely Pop superstars ever. The first band to glorify Pop culture with an almost Warholian sense of purpose, their absurd B-movie style and off-kilter sound celebrated the weirdness lurking just beneath the surface of Americana--not exactly a recipe for chart success, but way ahead of its time, nonetheless.

After the likes of "Rock Lobster" and "606-0842," a lot of new wavers were curious about what Athens, Georgia's fun-loving B-52s were going to do for an encore. The answer came with this rollicking second album in 1980, which found flat-toned Fred Schneider and twin bouffant-topped, gogoing chanteuses Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson nearly equaling the giddy highs of their debut. From the riotous "Party Out of Bounds" and "Devil in My Car" to the ahead-of-the curve couch potato classic, "Private Idaho" to the ever-kitschy "Strobe Light" and the other-worldly "53 Miles West of Venus," this collection proved the B-52s were no flash in the lava lamp. --Billy Altman

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Favorite track - tie between "Private Idaho" and "Strobe Light."
Rich Latta
The band comes up aces on this one by deftly blending rock, disco, new-wave and punk into their own unique high octane cocktail.
Really fast paced, jamming that you just gotta listen to a few times before you "get it."

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on July 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There's no way I could forget how captivated I was when I first heard WILD PLANET, and how impressed I was again by the B52s sound: it was part pop, part surf, part 60s, part "Monster Mash". Like the first album, this one had me hooked from the first listen. Words cannot express how in awe I was of Fred's Jersey-tinged, slightly effeminate bark, and Cindy and Kate's esoteric harmonies. And the songs, a little more varied this time, were each incredible. The two songs which featured Kate and Cindy, "Dirty Back Roads" and "Give Me Back My Man" are incredible experiments in harmonies. Ricky Wilson's under-appreciated guitar work scorches through "Runnin' Around", "Devil In My Car" and, of course, "Private Idaho". "Strobe Light" has Fred at his most manic. The album ends with the hypnotic "53 Miles West of Venus", which, to me, echoes back to the first album's "Planet Claire".

WILD PLANET is wild fun. Accept their invitation to a "Party Out of Bounds", even if the place smells of "House-A-Tosis".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. C Zeller on July 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you were stuck on a desert island you want to make sure you bring this CD. Just about every song here makes you wanna dance. Some great memories with the B's. Truly one of the cornerstone bands of the New Wave era with a style that will never be duplicated. A must have for any 80's or even punk fan. Strobe light is one of my favs. 5 stars! Go get it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on June 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, chalk up another planet in Star System B-52 (the first one was Planet Claire). The second planet after Claire is Wild Planet, and also the second album by the Athens, GA (then) quintet. On their second go-around, the B-52's still have the punchy, kitschy/positive/optimistic surf guitar sound and attitude that made their debut an unqualified hit.
Here's my piece in describing Wild Planet's nine satellites. Fred Schneider's "Surprise!" is the first word of "Party Out Of Bounds." Kate and Cindy then ask for the ice box and punch, and there's the party started, right there. "Private Idaho" is Wild Planet's "Rock Lobster," being Wild Planet's most well-known track. Ricky Wilson's guitar keeps the pace. "You're living in your own private Idaho/On a ground like a wild potato." This is another on the short list for a party mix-tape should "Rock Lobster" not be available for any reason.
For sheer jamming, nothing beats "Devil In My Car" and "Strobe Light." The first is a funny song on a car possessed by the devil. The saying "Drive like hell and you will get there" comes to mind. Anyway, the hapless narrator can't lock the door, or put on my safety belt and is going 90 mph. He thus cries out "Help! The devil's in my car!" The humor's very kitschy, with devilish motifs such as "I don't wanna go to hell" and "I don't need no batteries/I've got the devil in my car."
"Strobe Light" is a seduction number, focusing on making love under the title appliance. No one sings about kissing body parts and responding to the same as Fred and the girls, respectively. When he gets to a very personal part of his date's body, he uses a euphemism that's the same as a certain large fruit. A shrill synthesizer blasts in response.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on June 26, 2010
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The follow up to the phenomenally successful debut album was an even better effort from the B-52s released in the fall of 1980. Though it lacked a breakout blockbuster song like "Rock Lobster", their second LP was more solid and consistent and contained no "throw-away" tracks like "Downtown".

"Party Out of Bounds" opens with the sound of breaking glass and lets us know the B's are back in town and ready to party. Kate hoots her way through the track while Cindy asks "Where's the punch?" with just the right amount of blase in her tone, and Fred explains the chaos that happens when party crashers descend upon your house.

"Dirty Back Road" is a rather low-key change-of-pace offering and is surprisingly my favorite track on the whole album. Kate and Cindy's vocals blend perfectly together like milk and honey while the cleverly suggestive lyrics seem to refer to "back-door" sex.

"Running Around" features amazing guitar work from the late Ricky Wilson and is the kind of retro-pop '60s music that seems to have inspired the Austin Powers franchise, et al.

"Give Me Back My Man" has Cindy on lead with a slightly ominous bassline and ends with her anguished wails accompanied by hypnotic chimes.

"Private Idaho" kicks off what was Side 2 in the old days of vinyl and is probably the second best track. From Kate's hooty opening to the Twilight-Zone inspired riff right before the chorus, to Ricky's surf-rock guitar licks right after, Keith's machine-gun drumming and Cindy's "I-I-I-da-ho", this song's a winner and will stay in your head for days.

"Devil In My Car" is another rowdy number but not one of my favorites.

"Quiche Lorraine" is Fred's hilarious mid-tempo tale of a fickle poodle who deserts it's owner for a Great Dane.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Interplanetary Funksmanship on September 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This second effort from the quintet from Athens, GA, is just as solid and just as fun as their first outing. The same raw energy and off-the-wall sci-fi wailing in a 1965 Plymouth Satellite lyrics are here that are on their debut album. How did they get away with Ricky Wilson's out-of-tune generic guitar missing a string a second time?!? I don't know, but thank God they did!

That's rare, because a second helping like this usually isn't the case: Usually, after a band totally surprises everyone with their unique, new, sound, the AOR studio heads take over, "polish" their next recording with jazzy instrumentation and a "streamlined" sound. Blissfully, that overproduction is TOTALLY ABSENT on this square-to-be-hip record. (Unfortunately, the B-52's next album, the EP "Mesopotamia," would fall victim to overproduction at the hands of producer David Byrne, Talking Heads' front man).

Every band (yes, "band" we called them when music was stamped on platters, not "tracks") is great. There's absolutely no filler, not even "53 Miles West of Venus," which tune consists of the bouffant girls Cindy and Kate singing the name of the song over and over while Ricky Wilson's guitar licks get you moving and dancing, they are so infectious! Isn't that cool? An obvious spoof on filler is one of the album's essential songs!

The rest of this record is excellent, too: "Quiche Lorraine" had me busting out laughing the first time I heard it because of Fred Schneider's over-the-top stiff and serious broadcaster's voice narrating the story of how his pet toy poodle got lost, running off with a Great Dane.

Best party tunes are (obviously) "Party Out of Bounds" (who hasn't had the nightmare of friends showing up for an impromptu shindig at YOUR house?
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