Wild Planet

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Wild Planet
The B-52's - Wild Planet.jpg
Cover art by Lynn Goldsmith
Studio album by The B-52's
Released August 27, 1980
Recorded April 1980 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Length 34:44
Label Island Records (UK) / Warner Brothers (US)
Producer Rhett Davies, The B-52's, Chris Blackwell (executive producer)
The B-52's chronology
The B-52's
Wild Planet
Party Mix!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]
Rolling Stone (positive) [3]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars [4]

Wild Planet is the second studio album by The B-52's, released in 1980.

As with their first album, The B-52's traveled to Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas to record Wild Planet. Several of the songs from the album had been concert staples since 1978. The band consciously did not record them for their first album because they had too many tracks and wanted a strong second album, knowing that performing the tracks live would make fans look forward to it. Rhett Davies co-produced the album, and more emphasis was put on production for Wild Planet.[citation needed] It was very well received by critics, most of whom regarded it as a strong second album following the success of their first. Wild Planet was quickly certified gold. Many fans consider it their best album.

Director Gus Van Sant thanks the band in the credits of the 1991 film My Own Private Idaho for the use of the song title, "Private Idaho." The song itself is not referred to anywhere in the movie.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Ricky Wilson, Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, except as noted. 

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Party Out of Bounds"     3:21
2. "Dirty Back Road"   R. Wilson, Robert Waldrop 3:21
3. "Runnin' Around"     3:09
4. "Give Me Back My Man"   Schneider, R. Wilson, Strickland, C. Wilson 4:00
5. "Private Idaho"     3:35
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Devil in My Car"   Schneider, R. Wilson, C. Wilson, Pierson 4:28
7. "Quiche Lorraine"   Schneider, Strickland, R. Wilson 3:58
8. "Strobe Light"   Schneider, Strickland, R. Wilson 3:59
9. "53 Miles West of Venus"   Schneider, R. Wilson, C. Wilson, Pierson 4:53
Total length:

"Party Out of Bounds" lends its name both to singer Fred Schneider's radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, and to an annual charity benefit party held in the band's hometown of Athens, Georgia.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 18
UK Albums Chart 18


Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold October 21, 1981


  1. ^ Cleary, David. Wild Planet at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 October 2004.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 2, 1981). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: B-52's: Wild Planet". The Village Voice. Retrieved 29 November 2011.  Relevant portion also posted at "B-52's: Wild Planet > Consumer Album Guide". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 31 March 2006. 
  3. ^ Rose, Frank (October 30, 1980). "The B-52's Wild Planet > Album Review". Rolling Stone (329). Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2006. 
  4. ^ Considine, J.D. (2004). "The B-52's". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 67–68. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 2 November 2011.