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The B-52’s – Channel Z (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 24th, 2017


“Channel Z” is a single by The B-52’s from their 1989 album Cosmic Thing. The song was the first single from Cosmic Thing, but did not achieve as much success as the follow-ups “Love Shack” and “Roam.” The single was reissued with a new 12″ Mix after these two singles and before “Deadbeat Club.”

The song was about a fictional radio station whose motto was “Channel Z: All Static, All Day, Forever!”.

The song peaked at number 61 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, it topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song’s music video features The B-52’s playing on stage in front of an audience, along with clips of them running through a forest. It was shot outside of New York City, according to the credits of The B-52’s 1979–1989.

Channel Z (Rock Mix) 6:20

Channel Z (Remix / Edit) 4:10
Channel Z (Rock Dub) 5:34

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1989 Channel Z U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks #1


Label: Warner Bros. Records ‎– W 2831 T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1989
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop

Mixed By, Producer [Additional] – Michael Hutchinson
Producer – Don Was


Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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16 Responses to “The B-52’s – Channel Z (UK 12″)”

  1. NKelly Says:

    OMG hallelujah! More more more…please. And have a great weekend!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have a great weekend Neil 🙂


  2. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul. This one of my favorites by them!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Me too love the message it sends 🙂


  3. Christian Says:

    Thanks, Paul! I’ve never heard the Rock Dub before. Myself, I’m partial to the Frankie Foncett mix that appears on some import pressings.

    I know you got the description from Wikipedia, but I chuckle at the description that the song is about a “fictional radio station.” Far too literal. The message is so much bigger than that.

    Have a great weekend!


  4. Jeff Says:

    Another psychic moment again, Paul!! Karen and I were just talking about The B-52’s this morning!! Just incredible. You are so tapped into the “Music Matrix” with all of your fans. I love this song, especially the part: “Where’s my Umbrella?” I am about to swoon!! And I love the cover of this 12-inch. Looking forward to the dub as well. You are an Audio Angel and an Audiophile Angel too. Goosebumps on top of Goosebumps!!!

    Phew!! Have an incredible weekend, Paul!!



  5. PhotoHop Says:

    Thanks, I really dig all the singles and extended mixes from this album. Thank you again and again, for the super fine work you do!


  6. gnihtytterp Says:

    Great DJ, love all your rips, wonderful sound on this !


  7. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you Paul. I absolutely love dancing around the house to this song.


  8. MusicMan3 Says:

    LOVE THIS!! I’ve never heard the Rock Dub before…SO GOOD!

    This is one of my favs from the B’s. Thank you so much for posting this gem!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Paul!


  9. CL Says:

    Thanks Paul.


  10. Dhanavarsh Reddy Says:

    Superb Quality


  11. CakeSaint Says:

    Paul, this is a lovely addition to your canon. Excited to hear a couple of mixes that were previously unavailable to me. This album was such a big part of my high school years in the mid-south. Great memories!


  12. Guss Says:

    Thank you Paul!!!


  13. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    Thank you so much.

    I started college early during the summer after the 10th grade and the college radio station played this A LOT … loved it!

    I am surprised this wasn’t a bigger hit.

    It should have been re-released as the last single off COSMIC THING (sort of like “Knocked Out” by Paula Abdul).


  14. Matt Says:

    Thanks again Paul, I love the Extended Versions and Remixes you rip for us.. Keep the 80s alive.


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