9 26995-2 Good Stuff
Produced by Don Was, Nile Rodgers
Released on June 23, 1992
US CHART POSITION #16 . . . GOLD RECORD (9/1/92) . . . UK CHART POSITION #8
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A n album that probably shouldn’t have been released. Cindy Wilson (the girl with the icy stare) had left the band, and the remaining trio went into the studio to record overproduced, fussed-over filler. It was obvious that the trio hadn’t spent the last three years writing down song ideas. You’ve heard these melodies a hundred times before, as they’re the same ones available to any hack writer with a guitar and a passing familiarity with rhythm and blues. So it falls to Don Was and Nile Rodgers to punch up the mediocre material with ornate production touches while Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider spray paint their strange observations over everything. But even here The B-52’s miss the target: “Tell It Like It T-I-IS,” “Hot Pants Explosion,” “Bad Influence.” Maybe it’s the changing times, but “Hot Pants Explosion” doesn’t strike me as funny anymore. (There was a hot pants explosion in the supercallifragile region of Tikrit this morning, injuring twelve people. The interim government anticipates more injuries if demands for a button-fly aren’t met soon.) I might salvage a pair of tracks from here, “Revolution Earth” (a fine cameo for Kate) and “Is That You Mo-Dean?” (since I’m not made of stone), and let the rest languish. Despite charting well, the title track isn’t all that memorable. If the tracks had been rearranged (e.g., launching the explosive “Bad Influence” earlier in the attack), Good Stuff might have been harder to resist. As it is, by the time “Good Stuff” rolls around, my attention span is spun in a different direction. To their credit, The B-52’s didn’t drop another bomb on us, opting instead to serve as the kind of cultural ambassadors who make cameo appearances.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. TELL IT LIKE IT T-I-IS
  2. HOT PANTS EXPLOSION
  3. GOOD STUFF
  4. REVOLUTION EARTH    (lyrics by Robert Waldrop, music by Keith Strickland/Kate Pierson)
  5. DREAMLAND
  6. IS THAT YOU MO-DEAN?
  7. THE WORLD'S GREEN LAUGHTER    (Keith Strickland)
  8. VISION OF A KISS
  9. BREEZIN'
  10. BAD INFLUENCE

    All songs written by The B-52's unless noted

CREDITS

KATE PIERSON -- vocals
FRED SCHNEIDER -- vocals
KEITH STRICKLAND -- guitars, vocals, keyboards, drum program
Tawatha Agee -- backing vocals
Zachary Alford -- drums
Nicky Brown -- bass
Sterling Campbell -- drums
Lenny Castro -- percussion
Michelle Cobbs -- backing vocals
Richard Hilton -- keyboards, upright piano, Synclavier programming
James "Hutch" Hutchinson -- bass
Pat Irwin -- Hammond organ, piano, keyboards, guitar
Curtis King -- backing vocals
Krshna Musicians --
Stephen "Doc" Kupka -- baritone sax
Sara Lee -- bass
David McMurray -- saxophone, flute
Mo-Dean Intergalactic Choir --
Jamie Muhoberac -- keyboards
Jeff Porcaro -- drums
Nile Rodgers -- guitar
Amy Shulman -- harp
Lee Thornberg -- trumpet
Fonzi Thornton -- backing vocals
Don Was -- guitar
Brenda White-King -- backing vocals
Tracy Wormworth -- bass
Ed Cherney -- engineer
Tom Durack -- engineer, mixing
Pat Dillett -- additional engineering
Jon Goldberger -- additional engineering
Rik Pekkonen -- additional engineering
The B-52's -- art direction & cover concept
Tom Recchion -- art direction & cover concept, design
Janet Perr -- design
Josef Astor -- photography
Laura Levine, Robert Molnar, Chip Simons -- booklet photos
Lady Bunny -- PETA photo
Doug Perrine -- manatee photo
Cecil Juanarena/Insight Communications -- computer imaging
Robert Waldrop -- handlettering

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 23, 1992 Reprise LP/CD 26995 lyric sleeve
UK/GER 1992 Reprise LP/CD/CS 26943 lyric sleeve
CAN 1992 Reprise CS 92 69434  
JPN 1992 Warner CD WPCP-4854 lyric sleeve

 

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