The B-52s this summer will release an expanded 30th anniversary reissue of their fifth album Cosmic Thing, the record that served as a comeback following the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson and catapulted the Athens, Ga., party band into orbit with hit single “Love Shack.”

Due out June 28 on Rhino/Warner Bros., the 2CD set — also to be released digitally — will include a 15-song first disc with the complete remastered album plus five remixes, and a second disc featuring a recording of the band’s Aug. 4, 1990, concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas.

The reissue can be pre-ordered now via

The B-52s released Cosmic Thing on June 27, 1989, some three years after their last album, Bouncing Off the Satellites. The latter album had been recorded, but not released, before Wilson died of complications related to AIDS. Cosmic Thing served as a major comeback and high water mark for the band, with original drummer Keith Strickland moving over to guitar.

The album spawned two major hits — “Love Shack” and “Roam” both rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 — and the record itself cracked the top 5 on the Billboard album charts.

See the reissue’s full tracklist below.


The B-52s, Cosmic Thing: 30th Anniversary Edition

Original album + B-sides
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”
11. “B-52’s Megamix”
12. “Love Shack” (Edit)
13. “Channel Z” (Rock Mix)
14. “Roam” (Extended Remix)
15. “Roam” (12″ Remix)

Live at The Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX, 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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