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
Studio 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
(1979)The B-52's1979
Wild Planet
Party Mix!
(1981)Party Mix!1981
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. 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.

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" 3:21
2."Dirty Back Road"R. Wilson, Robert Waldrop3:21
3."Runnin' Around" 3:09
4."Give Me Back My Man"Schneider, R. Wilson, Strickland, C. Wilson4:00
5."Private Idaho" 3:35
Side Two
6."Devil in My Car"Schneider, R. Wilson, C. Wilson, Pierson4:28
7."Quiche Lorraine"Schneider, Strickland, R. Wilson3:58
8."Strobe Light"Schneider, Strickland, R. Wilson3:59
9."53 Miles West of Venus"Schneider, R. Wilson, C. Wilson, Pierson4:53
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. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. 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.