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
ReleasedMay 26, 1998
The B-52's chronology
Good Stuff
Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation
Nude on the Moon: The B-52's Anthology
Singles from Time Capsule
  1. "Debbie"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA[2]

Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation is a greatest hits album by American new wave band the B-52's, released in 1998. The album presents sixteen of their single releases and fan-favorite album tracks in chronological order, with the addition of two new songs recorded exclusively for this collection.


The album includes sixteen previously released as well as two new songs, "Hallucinating Pluto" and "Debbie".[3] The latter is a tribute to Debbie Harry of Blondie.[3] Also exclusive to this release is the "Original Unreleased Mix" of their 1986 song "Summer of Love".

The album cover features the five founding band members standing in front of the Unisphere.

Singer Cindy Wilson, who had been absent for several years, made her return to recording with the group on this album, and shared songwriting credits on the two new tracks.[3] 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.


Editions released in Europe, Japan and Brazil had a different track listing to the US release. In Europe and Japan the album was shortened to 15 tracks, with "Quiche Lorraine" substituted with a live version, which previously appeared on the charity record Tame Yourself, an adding "(Meet) The Flintstones".

In 2009 the album was reissued in Australia based on Europeen edition CD, but with new changes, and packed with The B-52's Time Capsule: Videos for a Future Generation 1979–1998 DVD. The CD changes included the replace of "Summer Of Love (Original Unreleased Mix)" with the regular album version and "Debbie" with "Give Me Back My Man".

The B-52's Time Capsule: Videos for a Future Generation 1979–1998[edit]

A video compilation consisting of the band's 12 music videos was released along with the CD album in 1998.

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)
Alternative track on the Brazillian edition
8."Legal Tender" (instead of track 2 "52 Girls")6:36

European and Japanese editions[edit]

All songs written by The B-52's except "Roam" (lyrics by Robert Waldrop), "52 Girls" (lyrics by J. Ayers) and "(Meet) The Flintstones" written by Hoyt Curtin, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera.

  1. "Planet Claire"
  2. "Rock Lobster" (single edit)
  3. "Private Idaho"
  4. "Quiche Lorraine" (1990 live version)
  5. "Mesopotamia"
  6. "Summer of Love" (original unreleased mix)
  7. "Channel Z"
  8. "Deadbeat Club"
  9. "Love Shack"
  10. "Roam"
  11. "Good Stuff"
  12. "Is That You Mo-Dean?" (edit version)
  13. "(Meet) The Flintstones"
  14. "Debbie" (new recording)
  15. "Hallucinating Pluto" (new recording)

The B-52's Time Capsule: Videos for a Future Generation 1979–1998[edit]

  1. Rock Lobster
  2. Legal Tender
  3. Song For A Future Generation
  4. Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland
  5. Channel Z
  6. Love Shack
  7. Roam
  8. Deadbeat Club
  9. Cosmic Thing
  10. Good Stuff
  11. Is That You Mo-Dean?
  12. Debbie

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.[4]

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


  1. ^ The B-52's – Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation : Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation". Robert Christgau.
  3. ^ a b c Stubbs, David (August 1998). "The B-52s: Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation". Uncut. UK.
  4. ^ "Billboard 200: The B-52s". Billboard. 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)