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Wild Planet [Limited Edition]

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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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  • Vinyl (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity
  • ASIN: B004YJZ9IG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're invited to a party out of bounds. RSVP, now! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island fav! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Planet is one party out of bounds 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Killer B's June 26, 2010
By Kasey G
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Road Trip CD March 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you have a killer sound system in your car, "Wild Planet" is an absolute must have CD. Every tune on here is a classic. I can't imagine how life would be without all of the enjoyment this record has given me since it was released in 1980. The hypnotic and gorgeous Dirty Back Road,(Like a ride me). The manic Party Out Of Bounds(crashers getting bombed), the heart-breaking cries and the James Bond riffs on Give Me Back My Man(I'll give you fish, I'll give you candy...I'll give you everything I have in my hand!). Fred's impassioned pleas on Runnin' Around(You've got me chasing rainbows in the mud, in the windows over walls, to the beauty parlor at the mall!). 53 Miles West Of Venus will put you in a dance trance along with Private Idaho, etc...all. You have never heard an electric guitar played like this before by the late Ricky Wilson(Cindy's brother). There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Ricky was a musical genius way ahead of his time. Cindy and Kate's milk and honey harmonies, Keith's tribal, kick ass drums and Fred's...well, there is no one else like him in the world!
Obviously God had a plan when he brought these five spirits from outer space together to make this beautiful music. Crank up this album and you will never be the same!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars from when mommy was young
I wanted to hear this band because my mom listened to them when she was young and I loved it . they are so fast and really happy music, like the ramones , I really enjoyed the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by prinny
4.0 out of 5 stars 80s artifact
The B-52s were one of the weirdest bands of the era, mashing up nostalgia and punk. This album predates their collaborations with Don Was and Nile Rogers, and will appeal to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have albumn
Excellent albumn with beautiful haunting vocals -It brings back Great memories and Creates new ones. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JON BEDO
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the songs
But I think the level of the sound is too low, but the songs are good. I think the CD should be remastered.
Published 15 months ago by Carlos Shiraishi Zapata
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and catchy
I re-acquired this album, having had the wax copy in my college years. Still fresh, and the girls voices constantly amaze me. Love the rythm guitar and drum lines
Published 15 months ago by Muff Magilicutty
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be in your collection

Super sweet music from the 80's

(I'm currently working on about 500 reviews, I order pretty much everything from Amazon but I (until now) never... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cj
5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Need No Batteries
The most fun CD from the most fun band of all time. Who knew they could even come close to out doing their first relase. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MH
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking through space...
The B-52's are one of my all-time favorite bands. They play an important part of my life as they have entertained me and my friends for the past thirty years. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jingles
5.0 out of 5 stars Original release date January, 1980
Original release date January, 1980.
Preceeded by their first album, whose name was never published, it is HIGH FIDELITY, this album was released in 1979, with their popular... Read more
Published 21 months ago by tokenjo
5.0 out of 5 stars get dancing
the b-52's made people want to dance. And with the classic song 'party out of bounds' and others they accomplished their goals. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael Dobey
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