One of many mediocre singles from the half-hearted Cosmic Thing replica Good Stuff, "Tell It Like It T-I-Is" was released in a variety of formats, none of which captured the imagination of the general public and few of which captivated anyone outside of hardcore B-52's collectors. In the U.S., the single was released as two different CD-5 singles. The first contained "The World's Green Laughter" as a B-side, plus five different versions of the title track: a single edit," the "mk respect mix," the "mk mix," "mk dub" and "mk underground mix." The second version replicated the "mk mix," "mk dub" and "mk underground mix," adding the "mk respect mix" and the "mk instrumental respect mix," plus "The World's Green Laughter." The U.K. CD single was a copy of the first U.S. single, minus "The World's Green Laughter." The U.K. cassette single featured an edit of the title track plus the ubiquitous "The World's Green Laughter." No matter which way it was issued, the single was disappointing, and only hardcore fans need to seek it out.