Fred 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.
Schneider: What has made a big difference in my life now besides music, art, movies and good food? Marcal paper products! No, I don’t get paid for this. I’m big on recycling and cutting down on waste, and Marcal is my paper product of choice. The paper in them is recycled, and they don’t bleach with utterly toxic to the environment/marine life/humans chlorine. Sorry, Martha Stewart, but you’re wrong. Way cheaper than the health-food brands, the paper towels are absorbent, napkins cheap and the new toilet paper … soft! I know, a weird way to end this, but hey, gotta share my thoughts. Video after the jump.