Thursday, July 1, 2010


Oh, Fred Schneider... what an enigma you are. I hope you have a very happy birthday... your 59th I believe.

After years of hits and misses with his B-52's (Rock Lobster, Planet Claire, Love Shack), Fred stepped out on his own with his first solo record in 1984. In 1996, he entered the studio with Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac) to record his second solo record. Albini pulled together different folks from his punk rock circle to make up backing bands for this new Fred record including members of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Tar, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Didjits, and Six Finger Satellite. Could this have been a disaster? Well, it should have been, right?! Somehow it turned out great! I don't know how and I don't want to look at it too closely for fear it will collapse like a house of cards...

Mayfair composer Chris Fuller toured with Fred for that record. Ask him about it. I'm sure he has a boatload of stories as big as a whale!

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