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Wild Planet

The B-52's

1980

Wild Planet
Album Summary

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Wild Planet is the second studio album by American new wave band the B-52's, released in 1980 by Warner Bros. Records. 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 did not record them for their first album, knowing that performing the tracks live would make fans look forward to it. Film director Gus Van Sant later referred to the song "Private Idaho" in the title of his 1991 film My Own Private Idaho and thanked the band in the film's credits, although he did not seek approval from the band to use it.

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Rating

3.14

Votes

58

Genres

  • New Wave

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Mon Jun 10 2024
4

Introduced to this band in the early 80s, again courtesy of my brother's precocious (for growing up in a small Midwest town pre-internet) musical tastes. I guess this is considered part of New Wave, though they have always seemed like a genre unto themselves to me. The heavy affectation of the male vocals is the kind of thing I usually complain about and I guess it's what's worn thinnest for me. But it holds up, the unabashed wierdball lyrics over engaging lyrics jangly mutated pop rock.

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Sat Jun 08 2024
2

The B-52s already had an album on the original list, and this album is a carbon copy of it. Why would you use your one vote so pointlessly? 2/5.

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Sun Jun 09 2024
1

The most annoying voices in musical history

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Tue Jun 25 2024
5

I got this album the day I got their debut album so to me they are one big long album. No, really...I could never decide which I liked more. There is no ROCK LOBSTER like hit on this album, but I think it might be better than the debut... maybe? Still I love it and think it is amazing.

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Sun Jun 09 2024
4

I think I enjoy this more than their debut. 3.5 up to 4.

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Mon Jun 10 2024
4

Speaking of beachy... The B-52's followup leans toward post-punk and is better for it. This planet lacks some dimensionality; It's also appropriately short. A stumbling dance with the necessary edge of the ridiculous.

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Mon Jun 10 2024
4

Not as good as the debut, but still a ton of fun.

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Wed Jul 03 2024
4

I will never say no to another B-52’s album. I think their debut is the better album, but this is still a great album. Their unique brand of proudly weird new wave/post-punk is fantastic and truly unique. Great choice for a submission.

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Sun Jun 09 2024
3

Sounds exactly like every other B-52's album. Which is to say that it's enjoyable if not unremarkable.

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Mon Jun 10 2024
3

Even though they are from the eighties, they still retain influences from the sixties and seventies, very go-go music with good drums. For this reason, their music is very rhythmic and danceable that the entire album could be a single melody that can be good and harmful at the same time.

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Fri Jun 21 2024
3

While the B-52's already had an album on the list, I think this LP is a much better representation of their energy and overall oeuvre. The tracks are a bit more varied, the energy is generally high, and the musicianship feels more honed than on their S/T record. 'Private Idaho' is my fav track from the band and much better than some of their other hits, and I will not hear anything to the contrary.

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Fri Jul 12 2024
3

We already had the B-52s debut (with Rock Lobster) and this is very similar. Post punk guitar pop. Fun and cool.

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Mon Jun 10 2024
2

Never been a fan. This album doesn't change that. Is this even a different album than the one that was on the original list? They all sound the same to me.

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Mon Jun 10 2024
2

I only know this from the hit 'Love Shack'. Although I realise this is a shallow bottom to critisize the rest of their music, it is the only thing I can do. It is simply too frivolic and gimmick like to me. After a few songs I was done.

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Wed Jun 12 2024
2

Talented for a high school band

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Mon Jun 17 2024
1

No Rock Lobster. No points 1

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