Making Better Episode 14: Fred Schneider Lead Singer of the B52s

Selling over 20 million albums worldwide, The B-52s—Fred Schneider [vocals], Kate Pierson [vocals], Cindy Wilson [vocals] — have quietly impacted alternative music, fashion, and culture over the course of four-plus decades.

They count John Lennon, Madonna, James Murphy, and Michael Stipe among their disciples. Panic! At The Disco, Blood Orange, The Offspring, Pitbull, Roger Sanchez, and DJ Shadow have sampled classics from the band’s discography as Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy, The Simpsons, Sugarland, and more offered up covers of their own.

Fred Schneider joins our hosts on this episode to talk about everything from the B-52s writing process, to implementing positive things for the average citizens of the US, using coffee as a jumping-off point for implementing solutions that benefit everyone, healthy sex positivity, the New York music underground, and finally, upcoming new music from the B-52s.

As always, this episode is transcribed, and you can click here to read a full transcript of Episode 14.

Click here to visit the Breyting Community Roaster website, and click here to like and follow the B-52s on Facebook.

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