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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: reprise / wea
  • ASIN: B000002KLM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wild Planet

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jan Johnson on 12 Oct. 2000
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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!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Number Six on 10 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The party was only just getting started when the B-52's released Wild Planet in 1980. The 2nd LP from the Georgia funsters sees them going from strength to strength as they offer another bunch of great tunes, and for me it's even better than the the first album!
Ricky Wilson's guitar work continues to drive the songs along with a fine selection of buzz saw riffs and that distinctive razorlike rhythmic edge, aided and abetted by Fred's kitsch and angst-ridden spoken delivery, and Kate n Cindy's playfully demented psycho-cheerleader vocals.
Party Out Of Bounds does exactly what it says on the label, spilling out all over the place as it careers along kicking up the dance beats. Dirty Back Roads is a slower sultry little Kate n Cindy voiced number, all boredom, teenage kicks and killing time. Running Around is in a similar vein to the opener, keeping the party going, and when we hit the classic Give Me Back My Man with Cindy in full on hysterical mode, the utterly brilliant Private Idaho, and the clever n funny Devil In My Car, I always find the same old huge smile cracking my face again!
Quiche Lorraine is a weird and camp take on one man and his dog, with some fine angular guitar work from Ricky. Strobe Light is classic 52's call and response, with a frantic go-go beat, some cheesy organ courtesy of Kate and superb OTT vocals from all. 53 Miles West Of Venus finishes the album in great style, like some wacky 60s sci-fi TV theme, with a chunky guitar riff weaving in and out of a throbbing bass line, spacey keyboards and the best vocal arrangement the band have ever come up with.
I still fail to understand why Wild Planet isn't rated as one of the band's finest.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Harris on 22 Feb. 2006
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I can't believe I have left it so long since last playing this absolute classic album from 1980. I sell second-hand CDs here on Amazon, and came across this in a collection of CDs I had bought off someone. Remembering that I had loved its zaniness, infectious pop melodies and mad lyrics, I slapped it on the player. It has just finished playing and I have been transported back to my teenage days, my cold doesn't seem so bad, the grey skies outside don't look so bleak, I reccomend this CD to be taken as an alternative to Prozac for anyone suffering the winter blues!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Russell C. Witheyman on 10 Jan. 2008
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Wild planet was the b52's second album released in 1980 and in my opinion along with cosmic thing this is their best LP. Full of really good tracks like private idaho,give me back my man,quiche lorraine and loads more. The wacky humour is great but theres some friggin awesome tunes too and ricky wilsons guitar work is better than that of their debut.

As i write this the b52's are about to release their new album Funplex and from what little i've heard it sound s real return to form..roll on march 08 !
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Never lend your best CD's! That's why i bought these as a double pack as replacements.
Still remember the day i bought Rock Lobster on 7" vinyl. Managed to get a copy with a High Gloss cover! It was a magical moment.
Such a JOY to know they are still Very Active and putting out music of equal quality way into the 21st century! BUT... the first two are very special and need to be owned and cherished. And PLAYED LOUD so that your neighbours can realize how cool you are and what they're missing out on! So, in closing... NEW Album Please Beloved B-52's and THANK YOU!
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