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Studio album by The B-52's
Released April 27, 1983
Recorded December, 1982
Genre New Wave
Length 37:17
Label Warner Brothers
Producer Steven Stanley
Professional reviews
The B-52's chronology
Bouncing off the Satellites
Singles from Whammy!
  1. "Legal Tender"
    Released: April 27, 1983
  2. "Whammy Kiss"
    Released: April 27, 1983
  3. "Song for a Future Generation"
    Released: April 27, 1983

Whammy! is the third studio album by New Wave band The B-52's, released on April 27, 1983. It is the only album to have all five original members of the band producing every song on an album.

Originally intended to be mixed into two continuous tracks, like the previous Party Mix! album, Warner Brothers vetoed this decision in favour of the more traditional track order.[4] Whammy! was also the first album by the band to feature almost exclusive use of drum machines in place of usual percussion by Keith Strickland. Synthesizers were also used to create the rhythm and beat of the album. The closing track, "Don't Worry", was initially released as a cover version and tribute of the Yoko Ono song "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For Her Hand in the Snow)", which was included on her 1971 album Fly. However, the song was removed during later pressings due to legal issues with Ono, who claimed The B-52's had not asked permission or paid her to cover her song. On subsequent pressings, the song was replaced with "Legal Tender"'s B-side, "Moon 83" — a remake of their earlier track "There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)".

The album was generally well-received, and, while not as successful as their two previous records, it spawned the underground hit singles "Legal Tender" and "Song for a Future Generation".


Track listing

Track Title Length
1. "Legal Tender" (The B-52's, Keith Strickland, Robert Waldrop) 3:40
2. "Whammy Kiss" (The B-52's) 5:20
3. "Song for a Future Generation" (The B-52's) 4:00
4. "Butterbean" (The B-52's) 4:14
5. "Trism" (The B-52's) 3:23
6. "Queen of Las Vegas" (The B-52's) 4:40
7. "Don't Worry / Moon 83" (original pressings; Yoko Ono / subsequent pressings; The B-52's) 3:58
8. "Big Bird" (The B-52's) 4:14
9. "Work That Skirt" (The B-52's) 3:48



Additional musicians



Chart performance

Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 29
UK Albums Chart 33


  1. ^ Whammy!: Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1983). "Robert Chirstgau Review - B-52's: Whammy!". Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  3. ^ Whammy! Album Review
  4. ^ Sexton, Mats - The B-52's Universe, The Essential Guide to the World's Greatest Party Band.

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