The quintet was signed to Warner Bros. by the end of the decade and scored two sizeable 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 followed three years later, Good Stuff, as the band ultimately decided to focus entirely on live shows (they've yet to release another album).
In addition to his B-52's duties, Schneider has 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-52's 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.). ~ Greg Prato, Rovi