Wild Planet

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Wild Planet
The B-52's - Wild Planet.jpg
Cover art by Lynn Goldsmith
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 27, 1980
RecordedApril 1980
StudioCompass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
LabelIsland (UK) / Warner Brothers (US)
ProducerRhett Davies, the B-52's, Chris Blackwell (executive producer)
the B-52's chronology
The B-52's
Wild Planet
Party Mix!
Singles from Wild Planet
  1. "Private Idaho"
    Released: October 1980
  2. "Give Me Back My Man"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Party Out of Bounds"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[2]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[3]
The Village VoiceB+[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 deliberately 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.[citation needed] 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.

Film 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 tracks written by Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Ricky Wilson, Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, except as noted.

Side one
1."Party Out of Bounds" Schneider, Pierson, C. Wilson3:21
2."Dirty Back Road"R. Wilson, Robert WaldropPierson, C. Wilson3:21
3."Runnin' Around" Schneider, Pierson, C. Wilson3:09
4."Give Me Back My Man"Schneider, R. Wilson, Strickland, C. WilsonC. Wilson4:00
5."Private Idaho" Schneider, Pierson, C. Wilson3:35
Side two
6."Devil in My Car"Schneider, R. Wilson, C. Wilson, PiersonPierson, Schneider, C. Wilson4:28
7."Quiche Lorraine"Schneider, Strickland, R. WilsonC. Wilson, Pierson3:58
8."Strobe Light"Schneider, Strickland, R. WilsonSchneider, Pierson, Wilson3:59
9."53 Miles West of Venus"Schneider, R. Wilson, C. Wilson, PiersonPierson, C. Wilson4:53
Total length:34:44

"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.


The B-52's
  • Rhett Davies - engineer
  • Benjamin Armbrister - assistant engineer
  • Robert Waldrop - art direction
  • Lynn Goldsmith - cover photography

Chart performance[edit]

The album spent 27 weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts and reached its peak position of #18 in late September 1980.[5]

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 – The B-52's". AllMusic. Retrieved October 16, 2004.
  2. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "The B-52's". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 67–68. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 2, 1981). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 29, 2011. Relevant portion also posted at "B-52's: Wild Planet > Consumer Album Guide". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved March 31, 2006.
  5. ^ "Billboard 200: The B-52s". Billboard.com. Billboard. 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017.