Picks and Pans Review: Good Stuff
You laughed along with Beach Blanket Bingo! You grooved to How to Stuff a Wild Bikini! You thrilled to Muscle Beach Party! Now, coming soon to a CD player near you, is the wackiest summer-beach-party frolic of all: Good Stuff, starring those crazy cutups, the B-52's.
This latest adventure finds the veteran quartet from Athens, Ga., transmuted into a trio by the departure of singer Cindy Wilson. Making up the difference, though, is guitarist Keith Strickland, along with the continued vocal pairing of Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson, the '90s' answer to Frankie and Annette. Have party; will travel.
The band once again relies on Don Was and Nile Rodgers, producers of their 1989 comeback hit, Cosmic Tiling, which featured "Love Shack," the hottest cool tune this side of Edd "Kookie" Byrnes. This makes Good Stuff the perfect sequel. It's exactly what you got the last time, only more so.
Just listen as our heroes skip from one nutty musical number to another. Schneider and Pierson warble about being kidnapped by a flying saucer in "Is That You Mo-Dean?" in time with a groovy guitar grind. "Hot Pants Explosion" thumps and bumps in funky tribute to a short-lived '70s fashion trend. Even the quiet, dramatic highlights, "World's Green Laughter" and "Dreamland," showcase some unusual costars: The songs feature the sounds of birds and Krishna musicians.
It's kicky. It's crazy. And, you can even dance to it. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach...Eureka! It actually is! (Reprise)