Love Shack

The B-52s

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Love Shack Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Out of nowhere, the B-52's had a genuine hit single -- as in a single that went all the way to number three, not just one that was an underground hit -- with "Love Shack," the irresistible second single from Cosmic Thing that showcased all three lead vocalists to fine effect. Since it was a hit, however, "Love Shack" became the most recycled and reissued B-52's single ever. It was originally released as a single edit, supported by an edit of "Channel Z," on a 7" and cassette single. At that time, it was also released as a 12" single, with adequate but not really interesting remixes of the title track ("12-Inch Remix," "12-Inch Instrumental," "12-Inch Mix," "Big Radio Mix"), plus a "12-Inch Rock Mix" of "Channel Z." The U.K. counterpart contained the single edit and the 12" mix, plus the "Danny Rampling Mix," which was the best remix of the bunch. The CD single that appeared in America contained familiar variations of "Love Shack" -- "12-Inch Remix," an edit of the remix, "12-Inch Mix," "Big Radio Mix" -- plus the new "A Cappella Mix" and the "12-Inch Rock Mix" of "Channel Z." Clearly, this latter single was the best bargain of the bunch, but confused fans -- and if you're not a hardcore collector, you're probably confused by all of this -- will likely just want to stick with Cosmic Thing to hear this great single.

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