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Wild Planet

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Released  August 27, 1980
Length  34:44
Genre  New wave post-punk
Recorded  April 1980 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Label  Island Records (UK) / Warner Brothers (US)
Producer  Rhett Davies, The B-52's, Chris Blackwell (executive producer)

Wild Planet is the second studio album by The B-52's, released in 1980.


As with their first album, The B-52's traveled to Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas to record Wild Planet. Several of the songs from the album had been concert staples since 1978. The band consciously did not record them for their first album because they had too many tracks and wanted a strong second album, knowing that performing the tracks live would make fans look forward to it. Rhett Davies co-produced the album, and more emphasis was put on production for Wild Planet. It was very well received by critics, most of whom regarded it as a strong second album following the success of their first. Wild Planet was quickly certified gold. Many fans consider it their best album.

Director Gus Van Sant thanks the band in the credits of the 1991 film My Own Private Idaho for the use of the song title, "Private Idaho." The song itself is not referred to anywhere in the movie.

Track listing

All tracks written by Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Ricky Wilson, Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, except as noted.

"Party Out of Bounds" lends its name both to singer Fred Schneider's radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, and to an annual charity benefit party held in the band's hometown of Athens, Georgia.


  • Fred Schneider – lead vocals
  • Kate Pierson – backing vocals, keyboards
  • Keith Strickland – drums
  • Cindy Wilson – backing vocals, percussion
  • Ricky Wilson – guitar
  • Chart performance

    The album spent 27 weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts and reached its peak position of #18 in late September 1980.


    Wild Planet Wikipedia

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