The quintet was signed to Warner Bros.
by the end of the decade and scored two sizable hits right off the bat: 1979's self-titled debut and 1980's Wild Planet, both certifiable rock classics. The band endured rocky times for much of the decade's remainder (tragically, Rick Wilson died from AIDS in 1985, while such albums as Whammy! and Bouncing Off the Satellites failed to continue the band's commercial winning streak), but regained their composure with the hit 1989 comeback album Cosmic Thing, which spawned such big-time hit singles as "Love Shack" and "Roam." The group's sixth full-length release, Good Stuff, followed three years later, as the band ultimately decided to focus entirely on live shows (it would be a 16-year wait until the B-52s
' next album, Funplex, arrived in 2008).
In addition to his B-52s
duties, Schneider appeared in several movies, including 1994's The Flintstones, and supplied the voice of a newborn baby in 1998's The Rugrats Movie. The '90s also saw the release of two non-B-52s
albums for Schneider -- 1991's Fred Schneider & the Shake Society and 1996's surprisingly raw and rocking Just Fred -- while he also found the time to guest on recordings by others (RuPaul
, Chicks on Speed
, etc.). In 2008, Schneider debuted a new side project, the Superions
, a witty retro-pop group he formed with friends Noah Brodie and Dan Marshall. The group's first single, "Totally Nude Island," was released in 2008, and an eight-song EP, The Superions, was issued in 2010. Later that same year, the group issued a holiday album, Destination...Christmas!, and the single "Batbaby" followed in 2011. In 2017, Schneider and the Superions
returned with their second full-length album, Vertical Mind. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi