Let's just say that the news that the King of Punk
Producers, Steve Albini, was behind the board during the recording of B-52 Fred
Schneider's upcoming solo album stopped us dead in our tracks. We were no less
shocked when a spy in the Schneider camp played one of the songs, "Whip," over
the phone for us. Make no mistake, Albini has pulled no punches and the guitars
are loud, raw and crude, a la the Sex Pistols, at least on the song we heard.
We're told that this is the case with the entire album. Quite a departure for
Mr. Schneider. The album, Just Fred, will be out in late April. Other
songs that appear on it: "Lick," "Bulldozer," "Sugar In My Hog," "Secret
Sharer" and a new version of "Coconut." Schneider put a band together before
recording the album, and he's expected to hit the road upon its release.
Meanwhile, no word on the next B-52's