Funplex

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Funplex
Studio album by The B-52s
Released March 26, 2008
Recorded 2006, 2007
Genre New wave
Length 48:17
Label Astralwerks
Producer Steve Osborne, The B-52s
The B-52s chronology
Nude on the Moon: The B-52's Anthology
(2002)
Funplex
(2008)
With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (favorable)[2]
Billboard (favorable)[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
Crawdaddy! (favorable)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
Pitchfork Media (6.6/10)[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
Robert Christgau (A-)[9]
Slant 3/5 stars[10]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[11]

Funplex is the seventh studio album (eighth overall) by The B-52s, recorded during 2006 and 2007. The album was released on March 25, 2008 by Astralwerks Records[12] It was the first album of new material that the group had released since Good Stuff in 1992, although the band did record two new songs for their 1998 compilation album Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation.

The album came as a result of the band's renewed touring, and a feeling that they needed something new to perform. Guitarist Keith Strickland was inspired to create an updated sound for the band when listening to the New Order album Get Ready and hired producer Steve Osborne[citation needed]. Osborne's production incorporates more modern elements of electronica.

Single releases[edit]

The first single from the album was released digitally on January 29, 2008, and is the title track, "Funplex". A music video was filmed in West Hollywood on March 1, 2008 and featured a cameo appearance by RuPaul who appeared in the video for "Love Shack".[13]

Funplex debuted at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 30,000 copies in its first week.[14]

The second single from the album was "Juliet of the Spirits".

Alternate versions[edit]

The CD, packed in the Digipak format, was released in three front cover color variants in the lettering for the album title and the band's shadows: the original (shown above) in gray, multi-colored, and hot pink. In the colored versions, the coloring also extends to the band's instruments. The band members themselves, along with the band's logotype, retain their original rendering throughout all versions.[15]

Exclusive, limited-edition autographed copies were offered by Newbury Comics and FYE, as well during the Funplex 2008 tour, and a special limited-edition double-disc set of Funplex is available only at Target stores in the U.S. The bonus disc features five live tracks recorded at the band's November 16, 2007 concert at the Roxy in Los Angeles.[16] Two additional live tracks from that same concert were available exclusively on iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by the B-52s; music by Keith Strickland, lyrics and vocal melodies by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, and Cindy Wilson.[17]

  1. "Pump" – 4:53
  2. "Hot Corner" – 3:24
  3. "Ultraviolet" – 4:25
  4. "Juliet of the Spirits" – 4:22
  5. "Funplex" – 4:07
  6. "Eyes Wide Open" – 5:35
  7. "Love in the Year 3000" – 4:14
  8. "Deviant Ingredient" – 4:50
  9. "Too Much to Think About" – 3:47
  10. "Dancing Now" – 4:02
  11. "Keep This Party Going" – 4:31
iTunes-exclusive deluxe version bonus tracks
  1. "Private Idaho" (Live at the Roxy) – 4:00
  2. "Planet Claire" (Live at the Roxy) – 5:28
  • Target-exclusive bonus CD: Live at the Roxy in L.A.
  1. "Party Out of Bounds" – 3:45
  2. "Channel Z" – 5:26
  3. "Roam" – 5:13
  4. "Strobe Light" – 4:38
  5. "Rock Lobster" – 5:33

Personnel[edit]

The B-52s onstage, 2008

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Position
Australian Albums Chart 93
French Albums Chart 104
Swiss Albums Chart 71
UK Albums Chart 73
U.S. Billboard 200 11

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart[18] Peak
Position
2008 "Funplex" Billboard Hot Dance Club Play (U.S.) 14
2008 "Juliet of the Spirits" Billboard Hot Dance Club Play (U.S.) 8

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