Birth nameFrederick William Schneider III BornJuly 1, 1951 (age 64) (1951-07-01) GenresRock, new wave, pop rock Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician InstrumentsVocals
Percussion Music groupsThe B-52's, The Superions (Since 2006) MoviesThe Rugrats Movie, The B-52's Time Capsule: Videos for a Future Generation 1979–1998 Similar PeopleCindy Wilson, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson, Ricky Wilson, Lisa Loeb
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Frederick William "Fred" Schneider III (born July 1, 1951) is an American vocalist, 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.
Schneider was born in Newark, New Jersey. He has stated that his musical influences included "Halloween songs and nutty Christmas songs" along with "Motown". In college, he 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.
Other music ventures
Aside from duties as the frontman of the B-52's, Fred Schneider has released two solo albums. He is currently working on a side project called the Superions. The group released a self-titled EP and the album Destination... Christmas! in 2010 and in February 2011 began working on a proper 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)
He sang with Richard Barone on Barone's 1990 album, Primal Dream, the track "Mr. Used-To-Be" (MCA). Richard also co-wrote two songs and arranged on Just Fred, and produced Fred's version of Harry Nilsson's "Coconut", released as a single from the Nilsson tribute album For the Love of Harry.
He was a guest vocalist on the song "The Power of Pussy", on Bongwater's 1990 album of the same name.
He worked with Captain Planet on the "Eco Rap," an updated theme song used for The New Adventures of Captain Planet.
Fred Schneider is featured on "Stinky Dinky", Track 9 of RuPaul's 1993 debut album, Supermodel of the World.
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'.
The 1994 compilation Elvira Presents Monster Hits features the track "Here Comes The Bride (The Bride of Frankenstein)" sung by Elvira. Fred sings guest vocals and co-wrote the song.
Possum Dixon's 1998 album New Sheets has the song "Firecracker" written by Fred.
The soundtrack for The Rugrats Movie, released in 1998 contains the track "The World Is Something New To Me" and features, Kate, Fred and Cindy along with other artists.
He was a guest vocalist on the song National Anthem of Love, on Joe McIntyre's album Meet Joe Mac (2001).
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).
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 Fred on the title "Angry Inch"
The 2004 release of the compilation album Trekkies 2 features his collaboration with B-52's part-time keyboarder Pat Irwin "Beam Me Up"
He worked with Sophie Ellis-Bextor on some songs for her album Trip the Light Fantastic. A song which he worked on and provided vocals for called "Supersonic" appeared on the UK and Australian version of her album. (2007)
Tiny Masters of Today released the album Bang Bang Boom Cake in 2007 and Fred is featured on the kid's song "Disco Bomb".
Schneider provided guest vocals on Deni Bonet's 2010 single "Girl Party". The track can also be found on the in 2013 released album "It's All Good". The album was produced by Richard Barone, an Artist Fred and Kate Pierson were collaborating already earlier.
Fred Schneider appears on the Ursula 1000 song "Hey You!" from the album Mondo Beyondo. Schneider and 1000 would form a one off project called The Fangs, who released a song called "Vampire Vamp" for Halloween 2012.
Fred 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 download, like the whole album. Released in 2014
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
Sang on 'Cheap Leather' with Mini Mansions, the b-side to their 2015 single 'Vertigo'
Films in which Fred Schneider has appeared include:
Trekkies 2 (2004)
Each Time I Kill (2002)
Desert Blue (1998, voice only)
The Rugrats Movie (1998, voice only)
The Flintstones (1994)
A Matter of Degrees (1990)
Athens, GA: Inside/Out (1987)
One Trick Pony (1980)
He is credited alongside Kate Pierson on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rocko's Modern Life for the theme song vocals.
He was a guest on an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
He guest starred on an episode of Lil' Bush in 2008.
He appeared on an episode of The Daily Show on June 2, 2008.
He appeared on an episode of The L Word in 2006.
He briefly sang a line in an episode of The Cleveland Show in 2011 (voice only).
Until late 2008 Schneider hosted a show called Party Out of Bounds that aired Friday nights, 9pm to 12am (ET) on Sirius 33 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.
As of July 2012 Schneider was living on Long Island, New York.
Schneider discussed his experience of coming out as gay to his mother with Howard Stern on the latter's radio broadcast on February 22, 2010. 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. His mother replied with "Oh I know, Freddie" and continued vacuuming without missing a beat. Schneider said his reaction was: "It's like, well, OK. I guess I'll go back outside and smoke some pot."
He is a lifelong vegetarian, and he appeared in a PETA ad campaign discouraging people from eating lobsters.
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