Fred Schneider Hams It Up: “The War Of The Worlds” And “Forbidden Planet”

fredSchneiderlogoFred Schneider has been partying out of bounds as the male mouthpiece of the B-52s since the late ’70s. Through that band’s commercial success and longevity, Schneider’s goofy, new-wave jester shtick has evolved into an iconic voice that’s now an inspiration to younger artists. Schneider’s latest project, the Superions, showcases both his supreme silliness (“Who Threw That Ham At Me?” is one of his most riotous efforts) and influence (the Superions’ debut EP, Totally Nude Island, features remixes by four Athens, Ga., bands). Along with fellow Superions Noah Brodie and Dan Marshall, Schneider has delivered a handful of songs that combine sex, sci-fi, shoplifting and a dance called the Disco Garbage Can. Schneider will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with him.

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Schneider: Two of my fave movies of all time are The War Of The Worlds (no, not the Tom Cruise mess. What a crap ending. Why did the aliens or whatever they were not go to Boston at all? It’s full of people ready to be ground into fertilizer) and Forbidden Planet. Genius plot, special effects, cinematography and sets and the whole Krell civilization that vanished. I still get goose bumps when I watch the invisible “monster from the Id” climb the stairs of the space ship, bending the metal steps. Video after the jump.