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Cosmic Thing
Studio album by The B-52's
Released June 27, 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Rock
Length 47:03
Label Reprise
Producer Nile Rodgers,
Don Was
Professional reviews
The B-52's chronology
Bouncing Off the Satellites
Cosmic Thing
Good Stuff

Cosmic Thing is the fifth studio album by New Wave band The B-52's, released in 1989. It contains the singles "Love Shack" and "Roam", which remain two of their most popular tunes. The success of the album acted as a comeback after the death of former guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.


Track listing

  1. "Cosmic Thing" (The B-52's) – 3:50
  2. "Dry County" (The B-52's) – 4:54
  3. "Deadbeat Club" (The B-52's) – 4:45
  4. "Love Shack" (Pierson, Schneider, Strickland, Wilson) – 5:21
  5. "Junebug" (The B-52's) – 5:04
  6. "Roam" (Pierson, Schneider, Strickland, Waldrop, Wilson) – 4:54
  7. "Bushfire" (The B-52's) – 4:58
  8. "Channel Z" (The B-52's) – 4:49
  9. "Topaz" (The B-52's) – 4:20
  10. "Follow Your Bliss" (The B-52's) – 4:08


  • The song "Cosmic Thing" appears on the soundtrack of the film Earth Girls Are Easy, originally entitled "Shake That Cosmic Thing".
  • All of the locations mentioned in the nostalgic song "Deadbeat Club" are real-life places in Athens, Georgia.
  • Singer Kate Pierson claims that a psychic told her the album's third single, "Roam", would be a hit.
  • Professional wrestler Mick Foley took his trademark phrase "Bang Bang!" from "Love Shack".
  • During the "Our Very First Telethon" episode of Full House, Stephanie Tanner is shown dancing to "Love Shack".
  • The band recorded an alternate version of "Love Shack" (entitled "Glove Slap") for TV show The Simpsons.
  • The song "Junebug" was used in a Target commercial in 2007. The song Topaz was also used in a commercial, but for the car by the same name.



  • Producer: Nile Rodgers, Don Was
  • Engineer: David Cook, Tom Durack
  • Second Engineer: Ed Brooks, Patrick Dillett, Keith Freedman
  • Assistant Engineer: Martin Kunitz
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Mixing: Tom Durack
  • Production Manager: Budd Tunick
  • Clothing/Wardrobe: Alpana Bawa
  • Programming: Richard Hilton

Chart performance

Chart (1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 4
UK Albums Chart 8
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Preceded by
The Album
by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
January 21 - February 10, 1990
Succeeded by
Pump by Aerosmith


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