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
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
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[5]
The Village VoiceB[6]

Cosmic Thing is the fifth studio album by American new wave band the B-52's, released in 1989. It contains the singles "Love Shack" and "Roam". 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. The band embarked on the Cosmic Tour to promote the album.

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleVocalLength
1."Cosmic Thing"Schneider, Pierson, Wilson3:50
2."Dry County"Schneider, Strickland, Pierson, Wilson4:54
3."Deadbeat Club"Wilson, Pierson, Schneider, Strickland4:45
4."Love Shack"Schneider, Pierson, Wilson5:21
5."Junebug"Schneider, Pierson, Wilson5:04
6."Roam"Pierson, Wilson4:54
7."Bushfire"Wilson, Pierson, Schneider4:58
8."Channel Z"Pierson, Wilson, Schneider4:49
9."Topaz"Pierson, Wilson, Schneider, Strickland4:20
10."Follow Your Bliss"Pierson, Sara Lee4:08

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
US Billboard 200[7] 4
UK Albums Chart[8] 8
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[9] 1
Year-end chart (1990) Position
US Billboard 200[10] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[11] 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-52s - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  8. ^ "cosmic+thing - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  9. ^ "THE B-52'S - COSMIC THING (ALBUM)". Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  10. ^ "The B-52s - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 1, 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  11. ^ "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