On this day in music history: June 27, 1989 - “Cosmic Thing”, the fifth album by The B-52’s is released. Produced by Don Was and Nile Rodgers, It is recorded at Dreamland Recording Studio in West Hurley, NY and Skyline Studios in New York City from Late 1988 - Early 1989. After the loss of original guitarist Ricky Wilson in October 1985 and the lukewarm reception to the “Bouncing Off The Satellites” album, the veteran new wave band take a three year long hiatus from the music business before regrouping. In the interim, Keith Stickland having switched from the drums to playing guitar (having learned Wilson’s unique guitar tunings), begin composing new material in 1988. Playing some of the new songs for his bandmates, The B-52’s begin writing and playing together again. Their first album of all new studio material in over three years. Returning to the studio in late 1988, the band work with Was (Not Was) bassist Don Was fresh off of producing Bonnie Raitt’s comeback album “Nick Of Time”, and Chic guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers. The album features additional musicians including former Gang Of Four bassist Sara Lee, drummers Steve Ferrone (AWB, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Sonny Emory (Earth, Wind & Fire, Bruce Hornsby), and Charley Drayton (Divinyls). It is an artistic and commercial triumph upon its release, and is the biggest selling album of their career. It spins off four singles including “Love Shack” (#3 Pop), “Roam” (#3 Pop) and “Deadbeat Club” (#30 Pop) “Cosmic Thing” peaks at number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
#30DaysOfPride 24/30: Born RuPaul Andre Charles the world’s most famous drag queen got his start with a punk-rock band in Atlanta, eventually making his way into the NYC nightlife scene and was voted by club owners, promoters and DJs “Queen of Manhattan 1990.” RuPaul’s career skyrocketed around this time after his hit single “Supermodel” went mainstream in 1993. He soon landed a cameo in The B-52’s “Love Shack” music video, a spokesperson gig for M.A.C. Cosmetics, his own self-titled talk and variety show, “The RuPaul Show,” on VH1 and continued to make albums and published books. Furthermore, RuPaul was arguably the first drag queen to make his way into the homes of middle America and helped bring massive visibility to the LGBT community years before Ellen DeGeneres and others. Now Ru is more visible than ever, mentoring America’s next drag superstar hopefuls in the hit show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” on @LogoTV. (Extract taken from @huffpost) . “Mama said ‘Unless they gonna pay your bills, pay them bitches no mind’.”
Another stunning re-imagining of an old tune to hit me with its magnificence is a total makeover of Vanessa Carlton hit A Thousand Miles by none other than by the ever brilliant MNEK. I’m not going to pretend I didn’t love that tune back like… over a decade ago! It’s been some time. MNEK turns in a crazy wild cover of the song that transforms it into a soul pop and electronic R&B treat with his usual UK house style and silken vocals. Not only that, but he even works in B-52 classic Love Shack! Love Shack! With A Thousand Miles! By MNEK! I mean, how the hey do these genius musicians even come up with this stuff? It’s so good, my brain explodes.
Could you do more of Grauntie Carla AU headcannons?
You mean MR. AND MRS. MYSTERY AU?
HELL. YEAH. I’ve talked about this AU with grunklexley before, so I’ll throw down some of the stuff I remember from our conversation, plus headcanons. For those unaware, this and this are the original Grauntie Carla AU, which I’ve since thought LONG AND HARD ABOUT AND EXPANDED ON, especially after AToTS. Feel free to talk to me about this AU any time, because I love it and don’t get to play with it as much as I like.
Stan is with Carla at the time his brother sends him a post card, he realizes what he has to do so he sits her down and says she can leave now, or marry him, because he’s going to give up everything for his brother, and he doesn’t want to trap her. But if she’s in, he wants her to know he’s not giving up on her either. Family is family.
She marries him.
It’s one of the fastest weddings the officials at town hall have ever seen, and there isn’t really a honey moon, or any rings, or a dress or a suit… but they both know they’re in it for the long haul. For real.
I lied, there are two suits. Mr. and Mrs. Mystery are a matched pair, and while Carla’s not exactly the showman that Stan is, she’s charismatic in a different way, and knows how to appeal to the audiences’ emotions.
Stan gets her a 7-ball cane to match his 8-ball. (‘Why 7?’ “Cause you’re my lucky gal.’)
Stan’s a little less gruff at the start of the summer, he’s still a grumpy old man, and he and Carla bicker like the old married couple they are, but it’s clear there’s love there, and Mabel swoons and sighs over the ROMANCE of her Grunkle and Grauntie. (‘That’s what I’m HERE FOR, DIPPER, to find a LOVE LIKE THEIRS!’ Cut to Stan asking Carla to scratch his back, and she tosses a kitchen fork to him.)
There’s music in the shack. Music and flowers and it’s still creepy and weird and full of half-glued together monstrosities, but there’s something… a little MORE to the way it’s put together.
Carla makes Stan take Soos fishing every other weekend. And she becomes really good friends with Soos’ grandma. Abuelita teaches her Spanish and they talk shit about people when they have coffee together every thursday.
Stan’s still hard on Dipper, but Carla’s a more empathetic and emotionally aware person. She’s able to sit down with him and talk about his feelings a little more openly than Stan does, and she coaches him through his crush on Wendy, as well as trying to help Mabel calm down about her boy obsession. ('Listen, you don’t go looking for love. You wait for love to punch five teeth out of someone’s mouth.’)
MORE BELOW BECAUSE THIS GOT LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED- Includes some G4G alternatives as well.