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Whammy [Import]

B-52's Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 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 (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KYY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Legal Tender
2. Whammy Kiss
3. Song For A Future Generation
4. Butterban
5. Trism
6. Queen Of Las Vegas
7. Moon 83
8. Big Bird
9. Work That Skirt

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic transitional genius 16 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
Nathan got it wrong - Whammy! is a glorious album. It marks a transitional point for the B-52's from post-punk weird greatness to a more embraceable dance style that came to fruition with the commercial success of Cosmic Thing and the later Flintstones theme. The tone of the album is set with opening track Legal Tender, where the band's new fascination with electronic gadgetry is used to full effect. Track 2, Whammy Kiss, is a high-energy blast which defies anyone to stay in their seat - listening to it without bouncing around the room feels like wearing a staitjacket. How can you resist a track that begins "I need a refuelling I need your kiss, come on now and plant it on my lips"..? Song for a Future Generation is a perfect piece of B-52's lateral songwriting - great ideas set to a perfect beat. The only weak track on the album is Trism, and even that is eminently danceable. Moon 83 may be a dubious inclusion, but there's a mystery around that track - my early vinyl copy of the album has a great version of Don't Worry (not the Bobby McFerrin, but I think by Lennon/Ono?) which doesn't appear on any later versions. What happened to it? I remember my hip friend at the time saying something about copyright issues. And contrary to nathan's assertion, Work That Skirt is no way featureless. It may have no vocal, so depriving us of the delights of those wonderful voices of Fred, Kate and Cindy, but it's a delicious upbeat groove that demands you turn the record over again/hit replay as soon as it's finished. Whammy! is a wonderful treat for those who love the B-52's, love to dance and love to live.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The B-52's get back to singing those fun songs 5 July 2004
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 1 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
From the opener Legal Tender it is clear that the B52s are on fire. This album is full to the brim with the camp retro-pop that this band had established on their first 2 albums, B-52'sand Wild Planet and had diverted from somewhat under the production of David Byrne on Mesopotamia. This album was, therefore, a return to form and to me it was the best album of their career, second only to their debut album.

There are wonderful goof-ball songs like Butterbean, Moon 83 is a reworking of There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) which, rather than being a sign of a lack of ideas, shows a band with a keen eye for creating a consistent vision of their alternate world. Their later works,Bouncing Off The Satellites ,Cosmic Thing and indeed the recent Funplex demonstrate a continued flare but this is the high point.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dead end 5 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
What the hell happened? In 1981, the insane quintet released Party Mix, an EP featuring remixes of five songs, and in 1982 the EP Mesapotamia (you're encouraged to send it to me if you happen to own a copy) with the aid of fellow-geek David Byrne. In 1983, three year after the sophomore release Wild Planet they suddenly reappear with this entirely puzzling synth-pop album. Some of the ingredients are still there: the music's still ridiculously tight, the vocals are unlike anyone else's and the lyrics are as inane as ever ("I ain't foolin', give me a refuelin', yeah whammy kiss me, whammy hug, come on mammy, throw me that whammy," etc), but they also succeeded in turning their all-over-the-place goofball music into something too artificial, entirely dominated by horrendously outdated synths and drum computers. At the time, they probably were among the most courageous of new wave bands for doing this, but what does courage mean by itself? Why walk into a brick wall without a helmet? The ultra-tight guitars are almost drowning in these plastic sounds, while the ongoing rhythm tracks throughout this album resemble something like tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk, only faster. The Sesame Street synths of "Legal Tender" are bearable, but it's really the only song I have no (well...) bone to pick with, as the remainder of the album is a monotonous exercise in soulless robot-pop that occasionally refers to their early material ("Whammy Kiss," Butterbean"), but usually remains so self-occupied that it doesn't even notice the "eh?"-factor is way in the red. Read more ›
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