From left, Fred Schneider, Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson have been with The B-52s since the band formed in 1976.
Photo: Matt Cowan/Getty Images
Photo: Matt Cowan/Getty Images

The B-52s’ ‘Cosmic Thing’ will be re-released for 30th anniversary celebration

The B-52s are celebrating yet another anniversary this year – the 30 years since the release of their mega-album, “Cosmic Thing.”

On June 28 – one day after the release’s official 30th anniversary – Rhino Records will drop “Cosmic Thing: 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition,” a two-disc set ($24.98) with a remastered version of the original album, five newly remastered bonus tracks (B-sides and remixes), new liner notes and previously unseen photos of the Athens-born band.

The 1989 album from Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland - co-produced by Nile Rodgers and Don Was – bestowed the band with its first Top 10 hits, the still-inescapable “Love Shack” and the shimmery “Roam.” “Cosmic Thing” sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. and solidified The B-52s’ reputation as the World’s Greatest Party Band.

The second disc in the collection offers an unreleased live album from a 1990 tour stop in Texas. Along with tracks from “Cosmic Thing,” the concert included other B-52s favorites such as “Rock Lobster” and “Private Idaho.”

Along with the album anniversary, the band is partying this summer and fall with a major world tour that kicks off May 12 and lands in Atlanta Sept. 7 at Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park; they will be joined by OMD and Berlin.

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COSMIC THING: 30th ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED EDITION
2-CD Track Listing

Disc One: Newly Remastered Original Album     

1. "Cosmic Thing"
2. "Dry County"
3. "Deadbeat Club"
4. "Love Shack"
5. "Junebug"
6. "Roam"
7. "Bushfire"
8. "Channel Z"
9. "Topaz"
10. "Follow Your Bliss"
 Assorted B-Sides And Remixes - Newly Remastered.
11. "B-52's Megamix"
12. "Love Shack" (Edit)
13. "Channel Z" (Rock Mix)
14. "Roam" (Extended Remix)
15. "Roam" (12" Remix)       

Disc Two: Cosmic Tour: Live In Texas, 1990     

1. "Cosmic Thing"
2. "Bushfire"
3. "Quiche Lorraine"
4. "Dance This Mess Around"
5. "Dry County"
6. "Private Idaho"
7. "Give Me Back My Man"
8. "Deadbeat Club"
9. "Mesopotamia" 
10. "Strobe Light"
11. "Roam"
12. "52 Girls"
13. "Love Shack"
14. "Rock Lobster"
15. "Whammy Kiss"
16. "Channel Z"

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About the Author

Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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