Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation

Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation

by The B-52s

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Overview

Released in 1998, Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation is the essential B-52's greatest-hits collection. A chronologically assembled highlight reel of the group's first two decades, it contains all of their singles and a number of album favorites, along with two exclusive then-newly written tracks. When they first arrived on the scene in 1979, their kitschy thrift-store image and weirdly spartan sound immediately set them apart from others in the new wave scene to which they were loosely attached. Three guys, two girls, arcane hairdos, no bassist, and a sound that was equal parts spy music and good-time dance party, the B-52's were always fascinatingly loveable outsiders and remained so throughout their years of success. Beginning with "Planet Claire," "52 Girls," and the immortal "Rock Lobster," Time Capsule winds its way through their early and mid-'80s hits like "Quiche Lorraine" and the charming "Song for a Future Generation." As they continued to grow and evolve, their sound expanded, becoming both more nostalgic and more light-hearted, leading into their commercial peak in the early '90s with the excellent "Channel Z," "Roam," and of course "Love Shack." A highlight of this collection is the previously unreleased original mix of "Summer of Love," which feels far more natural than the version which ended up being released on 1986's Bouncing Off the Satellites. The two newly recorded cuts, "Debbie" and "Hallucinating Pluto," are decent enough and will interest collectors, though they can hardly be considered among the band's best material. Still, tacked as they are to the end, they serve as worthy bookends to this excellent 18-track set, which reveals the full career arc of one of rock's most fun and most distinctive acts.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2004
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227646325
catalogNumber: 76463
Rank: 1766

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B-52s   Primary Artist
Fred Schneider   Vocals
Pat Irwin   Guitar,Keyboards
Kate Pierson   Vocals
Keith Strickland   Guitar
Cindy Wilson   Vocals
Sara Lee   Bass Guitar
Charles Drayton   Drums

Technical Credits

B-52s   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
David Byrne   Producer
Fred Schneider   Composer,Contributor
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Rhett Davies   Producer
Tom Durack   Producer,Remixing
Tony Mansfield   Producer
Kate Pierson   Composer,Contributor
Steven Stanley   Producer
Keith Strickland   Composer,Contributor
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Don Was   Producer
Cindy Wilson   Composer,Contributor
Ricky Wilson   Composer
Sue Kappa   Engineer
Robert Waldrop   Composer
Joe Ayers   Composer
Mark Hayda   Art Direction
Matt Gold   Engineer
David Robbins   Engineer
J. Ayers   Composer

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Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The B52s was one of my favorite space bands when I was a teenager with their song "Downtown" being quite funny also. I missed hearing my favorite--"Planet Claire" on the radio so I bought the CD. There are some great tunes on this such as "Rock Lobster," "Quiche Lorraine," "Private Idaho," and more. Another great is "53 miles West of Venus" which is on another CD of theirs. When this band came out, they were known as being the only band to successfully put through space music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd sooo much! I'm listening to it at this moment!! I just absolutley LOVE rock lobster and love shack! Best cd ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ever since I heard rock lobster I fell in love with the strange music of the B-52's. They have always been a favorite, and I think that they always will be.