Cosmic Thing

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Cosmic Thing
Studio album by The B-52's
Released June 27, 1989
Recorded 1988 - 1989
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 47:03
Label Reprise
Producer Nile Rodgers, Don Was
The B-52's chronology
Bouncing Off the Satellites
(1986)
Cosmic Thing
(1989)
Good Stuff
(1992)
Singles from Cosmic Thing
  1. "Channel Z"
    Released: 9 March 1989
  2. "Love Shack"
    Released: 16 June 1989
  3. "Roam"
    Released: 4 December 1989
  4. "Deadbeat Club"
    Released: 15 December 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]

Cosmic Thing is the fifth studio album by new wave band The B-52's, released in 1989. It contains the singles "Love Shack" and "Roam," which remain two of their most popular tunes.[4] The success of the album served as a comeback after the death of former guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, and Cindy Wilson, except "Roam", music by The B-52's, with lyrics by Robert Waldrop.

  1. "Cosmic Thing"  – 3:50
  2. "Dry County"  – 4:54
  3. "Deadbeat Club"  – 4:45
  4. "Love Shack"  – 5:21
  5. "Junebug"  – 5:04
  6. "Roam"  – 4:54
  7. "Bushfire"  – 4:58
  8. "Channel Z"  – 4:49
  9. "Topaz"  – 4:20
  10. "Follow Your Bliss"  – 4:08

Personnel[edit]

Band

Additional musicians

Production

  • Producers: Nile Rodgers, Don Was
  • Engineers: David Cook, Tom Durack
  • Second Engineers: Ed Brooks, Patrick Dillett, Keith Freedman
  • Assistant Engineer: Martin Kunitz
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Mixing: Tom Durack, Nile Rodgers
  • Production Manager: Budd Tunick
  • Programming: Richard Hilton

Artwork

  • Alpana Bawa – clothing/wardrobe

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[5] 4× Platinum

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 4
UK Albums Chart 8
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1

References[edit]

Preceded by
The Album
by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
January 21 – February 10, 1990
Succeeded by
Pump by Aerosmith