Channel Z

The B-52s

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Channel Z Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

"Channel Z," a fine song that effortlessly updated the classic B-52's sound, was the first single pulled from Cosmic Thing, and while it didn't become a huge hit, it made for a good single and still stands as one of their better songs of the era. "Channel Z" was released in a multitude of forms. In the U.S., it was released as a promotional 12" single, featuring the original album version, a 7" edit and remix, a "12" rock mix" and a "12" rock dub." All of these, except the album version, were featured on the CD-5 single released in the U.S. That track listing was replicated on the U.K. promotional 12", as well as the official CD-3 single. Then in the U.K., two different 7" singles were released, both featuring the 7" edit/remix as the A-side. The first had "Junebug" as the B-side, the second (which featured a TV set on the picture sleeve and was also released as a cassette single) had an edit of "Roam" on the flipside. All of the singles are entertaining, but this version -- the U.S. CD single -- was the best bargain of the batch, simply because it contains the most music. But many less dedicated fans will find they're happiest with the "Channel Z" that's on Cosmic Thing.

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