They get overlooked but Whammy and Bouncing Off The Satellites are both full of great tracks too. I return to those albums more than I do the debut tbh. No overplayed hits on those.
I can take or leave Mesopotamia. The title track is great tho.
Stylistically they definitely weren't the same after Wilson died since his guitar playing was so distinctive, but Cosmic Thing is still a pretty great 80s pop album all the same. I probably wouldn't mind if I never heard Love Shack ever again. But Roam, and Deadbeat Club are both all-time favourites of mine, I'm right there with you on those tracks.
Good Stuff sucks, they really dropped the ball on that one. Funplex was a surprisingly good comeback though.
Other things I love about them:
- As far as I know, they're pretty much the gayest pop-rock band ever with merely 1 straight member out of 5.
- only Ricky Keith and Kate played instruments, but then Kate mostly stopped playing the organ after the first couple albums, leaving everything to Ricky and Kieth, and then Ricky died leaving everything to Kieth (and studio musicians). so their instrument-players-to-singers-ratio is bizarrely unbalanced for any group that is generally considered to be a proper "band".
Why the heck isn't there a full archival live album from their early days? The youtube videos I've seen of them playing with Ricky were some furious live cookin. Gimmie a live album from 1980 or something, that would be great.
There isn't much solo stuff. The Fred Schneider album from 1984 just sounds like B-52s if Fred was the one calling all the shots. So it's pretty meh. His 90s album Just Fred is a good time though. It's produced by Steve Albini (and really sounds like it) and he's backed by punk bands, which makes for a pretty fun mix.
Cindy and Kate each just have one solo album which both only came out in the last couple years. Maybe they're good, but I was expecting them to be past-their-prime-trying-to-keep-up-with-the-times records so I never bothered giving them a try. I see Kate's album was produced and co-written by Sia, that doesn't make me all that excited to hear it.