This was the first single released from the Cosmic Thing
album. "Love Shack
" was the most obvious hit, but "Channel Z" was more in line with their previous material, which did very well on college radio and among fans of New Wave.
"Channel Z" got very little mainstream airplay and was relegated to the Buzz Bin on MTV, but it topped the Modern Rock Tracks chart and sent a signal to their fans that the B-52s were back - their future was uncertain following the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985. When "Love Shack" was released as the next single, it became a huge pop hit, earning the group a legion of new fans.