Nile Rodgers produced this track. A consistent hitmaker, he helped the B-52s break out of a creative funk and expand their audience. The group's guitarist, Ricky Wilson, died in 1985. The following year, the last album they worked on with him, Bouncing off the Satellites
, was released and flopped. The group fractured, returning in 1987 to come up with new material. Their first release was the song "Cosmic Thing
," which Rodgers produced for the 1988 movie Earth Girls Are Easy
. When they made the album, they had to start without Rodgers, who was wrapping up another project. This ended up giving the album even more creative energy, as they spent a month recording four songs with Don Was, including "Love Shack."