Cosmic Thing

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Cosmic Thing
The B-52's - Cosmic Thing.jpg
Studio album by the B-52's
Released June 27, 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Studio Dreamland Recording Studio, West Hurley, NY
Genre Pop rock
Length 47:03
Label Reprise
Producer Nile Rodgers, Don Was
the B-52's chronology
Bouncing off the Satellites
(1986)Bouncing off the Satellites1986
Cosmic Thing
(1989)
Good Stuff
(1992)Good Stuff1992
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]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[5]
The Village Voice B[6]

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 songs.[7] The success of the album served as a comeback after the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.

Six of the album's songs were produced by Nile Rodgers in New York City, and the remaining four by Don Was in upstate New York.

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

  • Carl Beatty – horns (track 4)
  • Crispin Cioe – horns (track 4)
  • Leroy Clouden – drums (tracks 6 & 9-10)
  • Charley Drayton – drums (tracks 4-5 & 7-8)
  • Sonny Emory – drums (tracks 2-3)
  • Steve Ferrone – drums (track 1)
  • Bob Funk – horns (track 4)
  • Arno Hecht – horns (track 4)
  • Richard Hilton – keyboards (tracks 6 & 10)
  • Sara Lee – bass, backing vocals (track 10), keyboards (track 10)
  • Paul Litteral – horns (track 4)
  • Tommy Mandel – keyboards (track 1)
  • Nile Rodgers – guitars (track 9)
  • Philippe Saisse – keyboards (tracks 2-3)

Production

  • Producers: Nile Rodgers (tracks 1–3, 6, 9–10), Don Was (tracks 4, 5, 7–8)
  • 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 4
UK Albums Chart[9] 8
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[10] 1
Year End Chart (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[12] 4× Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cosmic Thing – The B-52's". AllMusic. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ Heim, Chris (August 3, 1989). "The B-52's: Cosmic Thing (Reprise)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Farber, Jim (July 13, 1989). "The B-52's: Cosmic Thing". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "The B-52's". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 67–68. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York City: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 3, 1989). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The B-52's's Charts". Last.fm. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "The B-52s - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  9. ^ "cosmic+thing - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  10. ^ "THE B-52'S - COSMIC THING (ALBUM)". Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  11. ^ "The B-52s - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 1, 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – B-52 – Cosmic Thing". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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