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The B-52's
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The Vordiest Vordy in all Voredom
The Vordiest Vordy in all Voredom Reply to on 10 August 2014
Love all that these Guys & Gals do, been following they're career from the 80's (Amazingly they have been around since the 70's) if you like they're quirky 50's Sci-fi sound then you'll have bought this already and i'm 'preaching to the choir) :)
M. ORWELL Reply to on 2 March 2015
first 4 tracks are all ace, the rest is average...
graham cook
graham cook Reply to on 7 July 2015
Best of the early B-52's output. Bizarre, Surreal, Innovative all apply. This is just totally original music which defies description ......let's just say it's a cracking good listen.
Mr. N. R. Joy
Mr. N. R. Joy Reply to on 3 January 2015
Great album had this back in the 80s fast delivery A+++++ all round for service
Scott Davies
Scott Davies Reply to on 17 September 2014
Whammy! moves The B-52's more into the electronic sound that started with Mesopotamia, though now goes further with the use of a drum machine rather than Keith's live drums. The classic B-52's sound remains, though the material seems to run low by the end of the album. `Legal Tender' was a great single, and the band's first real music video. Very fun and catchy with the girls singing together. `Whammy Kiss' is one of Fred's shining moments with the girls providing some great background to this frantic classic. `Song for a Future Generation' was a great music video featuring vocals from all 5 band members. The only drawback is that the end of the song goes on a bit too long. And the crown of the B-52's recorded catalog has to be the Fred Schneider showcase that is `Butterbean'. Only the B-52's wrote zany songs about food, and this one has a tremendous synthesized hook. I can't express how much I love this crazy song! "Everybody likes butterbean!" The second half of the album starts to lose momentum. Though `Trism' and `Big Bird' are good songs, `Queen of Las Vegas' goes nowhere and the quirky `Work That Skirt' is instrumental. The original vinyl version of the LP had a Yoko Ono cover called `Don't Worry', though I guess Yoko had a problem with it and it was removed from subsequent pressings. I had the vinyl and I can say that you aren't missing anything. It was little more than the title repeated over and over in quirky ways. The song was replaced with the single B side `Moon 83'. This is more or less an electronic instrumental with some lyrics from `There's A Moon in the Sky' from their first album.

Whammy! may come across as a little rushed and perhaps incomplete, but it is still an essential album. There are far too many great songs in the first half of the album to really complain about it. I would love to see a new CD remaster of this album because I bought my copy in 1989, and some of the tracks that have appeared on compilations sound noticeably improved. In fact, I think it's time for a full scale reissue program.
jamo Reply to on 14 May 2015
I always like the band but only just realised there albums were so decent. I always though of them as a singles band but I was wrong. I had the first album and love shack for years and just heard this one and was pleasantly surprised. I always liked the B52's when they were more of a punk band and the idea of them doing synth music put me off but actually its great. The synth parts are inventive and analogue and dont sound forced or overproduced. Its realy consistent and kept me going along while I was running. They have a knack of making you move while being silly and credible all at the same time. Best thing ive heard in a while. Nice to discover old stuff you missed. Would recommend if you like old school synth music and weird pop.
Lawrance Bernabo
Lawrance Bernabo Reply to on 5 July 2004
We are going to pretend that "Mesopotamia," the album the B-52's did with David Byrne, and talking about their fourth album, "Whammy!" as if it were their third. So just nod your head and play along, because this 1983 album gets the mavens of kitsch back on track, albeit aided and abetted by drum machines and synthesizers. This is not a great album, but it certainly is fun and easy to dance to, which was always the strength of the B-52's (What? You thought it was the lyrics reflecting Fred Schneider's philosophy?). Fans of the group would at least have to judge "Song for a Future Generation" as being the best track on the album, but "Legal Tender," "Whammy Kiss," and the instrumental "Work That Skirt" are pretty good as well, but "Butterbean" is the song you will embarrass yourself singing in the kitchen. Overall "Whammy" is not as great as their debut album or as good as "Cosmic Thing," but a lot better than their next album "Bouncing Off the Satellites." For fans of the B-52's this one is certainly worth having. Note: There is one significant difference between this CD reissue and the originally "Whammy!" album. Gone is a cover of Yoko Ono's "Don't Worry," because of copyright troubles, and in its place is "Moon 83." I never heard the original so I cannot comment on the substitution beyond the obvious fact that "Moon 83" is one of the weakest tracks on the album.
Numinous Ugo
Numinous Ugo Reply to on 1 September 2009
From the opener Legal Tender it is clear that the B52s are on fire. This album is full to the brim with the camp retro-pop that this band had established on their first 2 albums, B-52'sand Wild Planet and had diverted from somewhat under the production of David Byrne on Mesopotamia. This album was, therefore, a return to form and to me it was the best album of their career, second only to their debut album.

There are wonderful goof-ball songs like Butterbean, Moon 83 is a reworking of There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) which, rather than being a sign of a lack of ideas, shows a band with a keen eye for creating a consistent vision of their alternate world. Their later works,Bouncing Off The Satellites ,Cosmic Thing and indeed the recent Funplex demonstrate a continued flare but this is the high point.
paul daintry
paul daintry Reply to on 16 July 2002
Nathan got it wrong - Whammy! is a glorious album. It marks a transitional point for the B-52's from post-punk weird greatness to a more embraceable dance style that came to fruition with the commercial success of Cosmic Thing and the later Flintstones theme. The tone of the album is set with opening track Legal Tender, where the band's new fascination with electronic gadgetry is used to full effect. Track 2, Whammy Kiss, is a high-energy blast which defies anyone to stay in their seat - listening to it without bouncing around the room feels like wearing a staitjacket. How can you resist a track that begins "I need a refuelling I need your kiss, come on now and plant it on my lips"..? Song for a Future Generation is a perfect piece of B-52's lateral songwriting - great ideas set to a perfect beat. The only weak track on the album is Trism, and even that is eminently danceable. Moon 83 may be a dubious inclusion, but there's a mystery around that track - my early vinyl copy of the album has a great version of Don't Worry (not the Bobby McFerrin, but I think by Lennon/Ono?) which doesn't appear on any later versions. What happened to it? I remember my hip friend at the time saying something about copyright issues. And contrary to nathan's assertion, Work That Skirt is no way featureless. It may have no vocal, so depriving us of the delights of those wonderful voices of Fred, Kate and Cindy, but it's a delicious upbeat groove that demands you turn the record over again/hit replay as soon as it's finished. Whammy! is a wonderful treat for those who love the B-52's, love to dance and love to live.
11# Reply to on 31 October 2001
On initial listen to 'Whammy' by gorgeous wiggy Georgians The B-52s, I'm left with the feeling that they're feeling their way between the sparse, childishly produced pop of the 70's B-52s and the luxurious pseudo-christian music of the 90's B-52s. It's mainly synthesizers, imagine 'The Walk'/'Let's Go To Bed' era Cure with excited camp vocals. Generally I'm left feeling a little cheated: there's a pointless remix of 1979's 'There's A Moon In The Sky (It's Called The Moon)' and then, just to prove that they haven't really got enough to fill a whole album, the last song's a featureless instrumental. That said, 'Song For A Future Generation' is beautiful and brilliant and 'Butterbean' is camply hilarious.
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