The B-52’s, Cosmic Thing (1989)
A couple of years ago, we’re in Anaheim, Calif. We’ve just had a huge day at the Disneyland empire. (There’s no other kind of day to have there). And my bro-in-law, a veteran of taking the nieces and nephews to the land of the extreme marketing amid playground rounds, tells us the best thing to do after, the thing you savour, you wait for, as an adult, is the carpark-beer at around 7pm. Disneyland is one of very few places in America where you can’t drink – so after a hot day it’s on my mind. And these two carpark-beers I knock back taste amazing despite being pretty shit brands. They’re made better by the decision to listen to The B-52’s. I’m a fan of all their work but Cosmic Thing was bit for me when I was a kid, when it was released. My mum bought the tape and we’d play it over and over in the car – and though I loved all the big hit singles it was the album-tracks that were the real gems to me. And though there might be better highlights earlier in their career this is the album I dig the most by this band. I’d forgotten about it for many years, until that Disneyland trip. I’d sorta somehow rediscovered it and its muted-dayglo cover image and title seemed perfect for our dazed, confused, brilliant American trip. I’ve been hoping to find it on vinyl for a while and just recently I snapped up a copy. Stoked. Such a great record.
Sample Track: Dry County
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