Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation

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Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation
Time Capsule-B-52's .jpg
Greatest hits album by The B-52's
Released May 26, 1998
Recorded 1979–1998
Genre New wave, post-punk, synthpop, pop rock
Length 79:22
Label Reprise
Producer The B-52's, Chris Blackwell, Rhett Davies, David Byrne, Steven Stanley, Tony Mansfield, Don Was, Nile Rodgers
The B-52's chronology
Good Stuff
Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation
Nude on the Moon: The B-52's Anthology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau A[1]

Time Capsule: Songs For a Future Generation is a greatest hits album released by the B-52's in 1998. The album presents sixteen of their single releases and fan-favorite album tracks in chronological order, with the addition of two newly recorded songs exclusive to this collection. One of them, "Debbie", is a tribute to Debbie Harry of Blondie. Also exclusive to this release is the "Original Unreleased Mix" of their 1986 song "Summer of Love". Editions released in Europe, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand have a different track listing to the US release. The album cover features the five founding band members standing in front of the Unisphere.

As noted in the book "The B-52's Universe", the band intended this to be a larger box set consisting of singles, demos, outtakes, and new tracks, but Warner made the band trim it down. The band had remastered many tracks for the box, and were able to release more of them by using alternate track listings in different territories.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The B-52's except "Roam" (lyrics by Robert Waldrop) and "52 Girls" (lyrics by J. Ayers).

  1. "Planet Claire"
  2. "52 Girls" *
  3. "Rock Lobster" (single edit)
  4. "Party Out of Bounds" *
  5. "Strobelight" *
  6. "Private Idaho"
  7. "Quiche Lorraine" *
  8. "Mesopotamia" (remix)
  9. "Song for a Future Generation" *
  10. "Summer of Love" (original unreleased mix)
  11. "Channel Z"
  12. "Deadbeat Club" (single mix)
  13. "Love Shack"
  14. "Roam"
  15. "Good Stuff"
  16. "Is That You Mo-Dean?" (edit)
  17. "Debbie" (new recording)
  18. "Hallucinating Pluto" (new recording)


  • In Brazil, and possibly other areas of South America, the album was released without "52 Girls", but added "Legal Tender."
  • Editions released in Europe, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand have a shorter (15 tracks) and markedly different track arrangement. Tracks in the list above marked with * are not included, and the following are substituted:
    • "Quiche Lorraine" is replaced with a live version, which previously appeared on the charity record Tame Yourself
    • "(Meet) The Flintstones" is added before the new recordings

Chart positions[edit]

The album spent 11 weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts and reached its peak position of #93 in June 1998.[2]

Chart (1998) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 93


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ "Billboard 200: The B-52s". Billboard. 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.