1989 album remastered with 5 bonus tracks (b-sides and remixes). Second disc contains live show from Texas 1990.
The B-52’s are best known for their ultra catchy and fun party track “Love Shack”, which first appeared on their fifth album ‘Cosmic Thing’ which gets it’s a 30th Anniversary reissue. The band were recovering from the death of guitarist and founding member Ricky Wilson who died during the making of their previous album ‘Bouncing Off The Satellites’ (1986). After some time off following the promotion of that album the band reunited after hearing the demos of Keith Strickland (originally bass but switched to guitar after Ricky’s passing). The album was produced by Nile Rodgers (of Chic) and Don Was (of Was (Not Was)) and came out in June 1989 after first single “Channel Z” introduced the band back into the scene.
With its contemporary late 80s pop sheen, the album took off after second single “Love Shack” hit No.3 in the US and went to No.1 in Australia where it remained for eight weeks! It became a hit in the UK too in early 1990. The next single “Roam” also hit big leaving ‘Cosmic Thing’ as the bands top selling album.
Of “Love Shack”, produced Don Was said :“When we handed it in, I don’t think there was a single person who said, ‘Hah! That’s the hit the B-52’s have been needing for the past twelve years!’ “