(Warner Bros., 1980)
I’ve always had a soft spot for The B-52’s. Over the past few years, however, that soft spot has grown into a full-on love affair. OK, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but I really do adore these weirdos. And Wild Planet is such a killer record…I may even like it a touch more than their spotless self-titled debut; just don’t tell anyone. This record boasts songs like “Devil In My Car” and the better-known “Private Idaho” but I absolutely love the darker and more subdued trot of “Dirty Back Road,” with Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson reining in their vocals while still letting them perfectly melt together. No one sounds, nor looks, like The B-52’s–pure punk, new wave, surf, girl-group weirdness. And more influential than they get credit for. Time to rekindle your love affair with this Athens, Georgia, peach right now.