Wild Planet continues the new wave beat of earlier mega smash hits such as the classic 'Rock Lobster' with a selection of new offerings which continue the sense of fun which appears to characterise most of the songs put together by Fred (vocals), Keith (drums), Ricky (guitar), Cindy and Kate (keyboards and vocals).
'Party Out of Bounds' and 'Quiche Lorraine' (a song about a Poodle!) are typical of the band's whacky humour. But there is so much more to this album. 'Devil in my car' is a terrific vehicle for the vocal talents of Kate and Cindy, but even more so the high pitched fast paced chorus of 'Strobe Light', which features a heavy beat, the usual off the wall lyrics and some interesting responses from the girls!
Blondie fans will find much that is familiar on this album, Debbie Harry has long acknowleged the B52s as one of her favourite groups, but as both were new wave bands and recording around the same time it is difficult to know who is influencing who. The keyboards and percussion on 'Strobe Light' are extremely reminiscent of Blondie, as is the background chorus and keyboards on '53 Miles West of Venus'.
'Private Idaho' is probably the main reason why most people will buy this CD. The guitar of Ricky Wilson, which contrived to make 'Rock Lobster' such a monster hit, is very much again in evidence here, as elsewhere on the album, which reminds us once again why his death was such a tragic loss to the band.
Yes, I was wrong to give this album 3 stars initially. It's still in my car eleven years after I first wrote the review, so I've upped my rating to 5 stars - shame it's getting harder and harder to find this CD!!