Fred Schneider Biography

Fred Schneider III (born July 1, 1951 in Newark, New Jersey) is best known as the frontman of the rock band The B-52's, of which he is a founding member. Schneider is well-known for his sprechgesang which he developed from reciting poetry over guitars. He is a cencerro as he plays cowbells in most recordings and play cowbells live.

Fred Schneider did not grow up wanting to be a musician. In an interview with Surviving the Golden Age, Fred stated that his musical influences included "Halloween songs and nutty Christmas songs" along with "Motown". In college, Schneider wrote a book of poetry for his final project. After college he held down jobs as a janitor as well as a meals-on-wheels driver.

Aside from duties as the frontman, cowbell player, toy pianist (on "Dance This Mess Around") and glockenspieler (on "Give Me Back My Man") of The B-52's, Fred Schneider released two solo albums. He is currently working on a side project called The Superions. "Totally Nude Island", the debut single by The Superions, was released to iTunes Stores internationally as a digital download on October 31, 2008, a remix by Ursula 1000 was also released as a digital single on December 18, 2008. Their third single, "Who Threw That Ham At Me" was released as a digital download on November 24, 2009 by Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records and released on The Superions EP as a digital download on January 19, 2010 and on CD and Limited Edition 12" on February 23, 2010. The group is working on Halloween songs and their Christmas album as well as a full length album.

* Fred Schneider & the Shake Society (1984 and 1991)
* Just Fred (1996), which was produced by Steve Albini.
* The Superions (2010)
* Destination... Christmas! (2010)
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