Fred Schneider

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For other people named Fred Schneider, see Fred Schneider (disambiguation). Fred Schneider_sentence_0

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Background informationFred Schneider_header_cell_0_1_0
Birth nameFred Schneider_header_cell_0_2_0 Frederick William Schneider IIIFred Schneider_cell_0_2_1
BornFred Schneider_header_cell_0_3_0 (1951-07-01) July 1, 1951 (age 69)

Newark, New Jersey, U.S.Fred Schneider_cell_0_3_1

GenresFred Schneider_header_cell_0_4_0 Fred Schneider_cell_0_4_1
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InstrumentsFred Schneider_header_cell_0_6_0 Fred Schneider_cell_0_6_1
Years activeFred Schneider_header_cell_0_7_0 1975–presentFred Schneider_cell_0_7_1
LabelsFred Schneider_header_cell_0_8_0 Warner Bros.Fred Schneider_cell_0_8_1
Associated actsFred Schneider_header_cell_0_9_0 Fred Schneider_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteFred Schneider_header_cell_0_10_0 Fred Schneider_cell_0_10_1

Frederick William Schneider III (born July 1, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and musician, best known as the frontman of the rock band The B-52's, of which he is a founding member. Fred Schneider_sentence_1

Schneider is well known for his sprechgesang, which he developed from reciting poetry over guitars. Fred Schneider_sentence_2

Early life Fred Schneider_section_0

Frederick William Schneider III was born on July 1, 1951, in Newark, New Jersey, and lived in Long Branch, New Jersey after moving there from Belleville, New Jersey. Fred Schneider_sentence_3

He has stated that his musical influences included "Halloween songs and nutty Christmas songs" along with "Motown". Fred Schneider_sentence_4

After graduating from Shore Regional High School, he attended the University of Georgia, where he wrote a book of poetry for a class project. Fred Schneider_sentence_5

After college, he was a janitor as well as a Meals on Wheels driver. Fred Schneider_sentence_6

At the time the B-52's formed, he had very little musical experience. Fred Schneider_sentence_7

The B-52's Fred Schneider_section_1

The B-52's got their start in 1976 when founders Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, and Schneider played an impromptu number after drinking at a Chinese restaurant in Athens, Georgia. Fred Schneider_sentence_8

The band played their first real gig in 1977 at a Valentine's Day party for their friends. Fred Schneider_sentence_9

The band's first single was "Rock Lobster" which was recorded for DB Records in 1978. Fred Schneider_sentence_10

It was an underground success, and sold over 20,000 copies in total. Fred Schneider_sentence_11

In 1979, the B-52's signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records for South America, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Fred Schneider_sentence_12

They also signed with Island Records for Europe and Asia. Fred Schneider_sentence_13

After the death of Ricky Wilson in 1985, the band went on hiatus. Fred Schneider_sentence_14

They reformed in 1989 and went on to mainstream success. Fred Schneider_sentence_15

Other music ventures Fred Schneider_section_2

Schneider has released two solo albums. Fred Schneider_sentence_16

He also worked on a side project called the Superions. Fred Schneider_sentence_17

The group released a self-titled EP and the album Destination... Fred Schneider_sentence_18 Christmas! Fred Schneider_sentence_19

in 2010, and in February 2011 began working on a full-length album. Fred Schneider_sentence_20

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Collaborations Fred Schneider_section_3

Besides working with the B-52's, Schneider has collaborated with a number of artists. Fred Schneider_sentence_21

Selected examples include: Fred Schneider_sentence_22

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  • Schneider is featured on the track "Mr. Used-To-Be" on Richard Barone's 1990 album, Primal Dream (MCA). Barone co-wrote and arranged on Just Fred, and produced Schneider's version of Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" from the Nilsson tribute album For the Love of Harry. Schneider co-wrote and sang on Barone's Don't Open 'Til Doomsday on COLLECTION: An Embarrassment of Richard in 2004.Fred Schneider_item_1_6
  • He was a guest vocalist on the song "The Power of Pussy" on Bongwater's 1990 album of the same name.Fred Schneider_item_1_7
  • He worked with Captain Planet on the "Eco Rap", an updated theme song used for The New Adventures of Captain Planet.Fred Schneider_item_1_8
  • Fred Schneider is featured on "Stinky Dinky", Track 9 of RuPaul's 1993 debut album, Supermodel of the World.Fred Schneider_item_1_9
  • The 1994-produced track "Do The Funky Something" by Godchildren of Soul features Fred Schneider and could be found on the GOS album Anyone Can Join and on the Rufus Thomas compilation Do The Funky Somethin'.Fred Schneider_item_1_10
  • The 1994 compilation Elvira Presents Monster Hits features the track "Here Comes The Bride (The Bride of Frankenstein)" sung by Elvira. Schneider sings guest vocals and co-wrote the song.Fred Schneider_item_1_11
  • Possum Dixon's 1998 album New Sheets has the song "Firecracker" written by Schneider.Fred Schneider_item_1_12
  • The soundtrack for The Rugrats Movie, released in 1998, contains the track "The World is Something New to Me" and features Schneider, Pierson, and Wilson along with other artists.Fred Schneider_item_1_13
  • He was a guest vocalist on the track "National Anthem of Love" on Joe McIntyre's album Meet Joe Mac (2001).Fred Schneider_item_1_14
  • He provided the vocals for the Foo Fighters cover of "Planet Claire", released as a bonus track on the FF's single "Times Like These" (2003).Fred Schneider_item_1_15
  • The compilation album Wig in a Box – The Songs From Hedwig and the Angry Inch, released in 2003, features the collaboration of Sleater-Kinney and Schneider on the title "Angry Inch".Fred Schneider_item_1_16
  • The 2004 release of the compilation album Trekkies 2 features his collaboration with B-52's part-time keyboarder Pat Irwin "Beam Me Up"Fred Schneider_item_1_17
  • He worked with Sophie Ellis-Bextor on some songs for her album Trip the Light Fantastic. The song "Supersonic", on which he worked and for which he provided vocals, appeared on the UK and Australian versions of her album in 2007.Fred Schneider_item_1_18
  • Tiny Masters of Today released the album Bang Bang Boom Cake in 2007 and Schneider is featured on the kid's song "Disco Bomb".Fred Schneider_item_1_19
  • Schneider provided guest vocals on Deni Bonet's 2010 single "Girl Party". The track can also be found on the album It's All Good, released in 2013. The album was produced by Richard Barone, an artist Schneider and Kate Pierson had previously collaborated with.Fred Schneider_item_1_20
  • Fred Schneider appears on the Ursula 1000 song "Hey You!" from the album Mondo Beyondo. Schneider and 1000 later formed a one-off project called The Fangs, who released a song called "Vampire Vamp" for Halloween 2012.Fred Schneider_item_1_21
  • Schneider appears on two titles of the album The Inevitable Album by the artist "Jinkx Monsoon". The tracks "The Ladies in Drag" and "The Bacon Shake" are only available as a download, like the whole album. Released in 2014. He also appears on a title of Jinkx Monsoon's album The Ginger Snapped entitled "She evil", released in 2018.Fred Schneider_item_1_22
  • Elvira released a 7" single for Halloween 2014 "2 Big Pumpkins / 13 Nights Of Halloween" in the US. Both tracks are co-written by Fred Schneider.Fred Schneider_item_1_23
  • Schneider sang with Mini Mansions on "Cheap Leather", the B-side of their 2015 single "Vertigo".Fred Schneider_item_1_24

Filmography Fred Schneider_section_4

Films in which Fred Schneider has appeared include: Fred Schneider_sentence_23

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Radio Fred Schneider_section_5

Until late 2008, Schneider hosted a show called Party Out of Bounds that aired on Friday nights, 9pm to 12am (ET) on Sirius 33 First Wave. Fred Schneider_sentence_24

On the show, Schneider played a mix of new wave-era dance, remixes and rarities, interspersed with anecdotes and Schneider's own humor. Fred Schneider_sentence_25

Personal life Fred Schneider_section_6

As of July 2012 Schneider was living on Long Island, New York. Fred Schneider_sentence_26

Schneider discussed with Howard Stern his experience of coming out to his mother as gay on Stern's radio broadcast on February 22, 2010. Fred Schneider_sentence_27

He said that his mother always knew more about her son than he knew about himself, and he said he came out of the closet while she was vacuum-cleaning. Fred Schneider_sentence_28

His mother replied with "Oh I know, Freddie" and continued vacuuming without missing a beat. Fred Schneider_sentence_29

Schneider said his reaction was: "It's like, well, OK. Fred Schneider_sentence_30

I guess I'll go back outside and smoke some pot." Fred Schneider_sentence_31

Schneider is a lifelong vegetarian, and he appeared in a PETA ad campaign discouraging people from eating lobsters. Fred Schneider_sentence_32


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