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Fred Schneider

At the "LoveBox" festival in London, July 22nd 2007
Background information
Birth name Fred Schneider III
Born July 1, 1951 (1951-07-01) (age 58)
Origin Newark, New Jersey
Genres New Wave, Pop rock, Rock
Occupations Musician, Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Keyboards, Piano, Cowbell
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts The B-52's

The Superions

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[1].


Early life

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"[2]. In college, Schneider wrote a book of poetry for his final project[3]. After college he held down jobs as a janitor as well as a meals-on-wheels driver[4].

Other music ventures

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 The B-52's, Fred Schneider released two solo albums. He is currently working on a new 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. The group is working on their debut full length album as well as a Halloween and Christmas album [5].



Films in which Fred Schneider has appeared include (but are not limited to) the following:


  • Until late 2008 Schneider hosted a show called Party Out Of Bounds that airs Friday nights, 9pm to 12am (ET) on Sirius 22 First Wave. On the show, Schneider played a mix of new wave-era dance, remixes and rarities, interspersed with Schneider’s own humorous bits and anecdotes.


  • In 1975/1976, Fred Schneider personally hand-wrote approximately 100 copies of a short book of his poems entitled Bleb.
  • In 1987, Fred Schneider wrote a paperback book of mostly poetry entitled Fred Schneider and Other Unrelated Works, which was published by Arbor House, New York. The book is approximately 96 pages and out of print. It was illustrated by Kenny Scharf, who also did the cover art for The B-52's 1986 album Bouncing Off the Satellites. Approximately 6000 copies were printed.


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