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Fred Schneider & the Superions’ Week in Pop

Fired up with Fred Schneider & the Superions; press photo courtesy of the band.

B-52s’ own Fred Schneider with Noah Brodie & Dan Marshall are the Superions who celebrate their recent HHBTM Records (Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records) album The Vertical Mind with their following exclusive Week in Pop guest selections:

The iconic Fred Schneider; press photo courtesy of the artist.

STRFKR, “In The End”

We love this video and LOVE this band. STRFKR honors John Waters and Divine in this law breaking drag queen heist film. And, it was actually shot on 35mm film…who else is doing that today?!

Fred Schneider & the Superions standing tall; press photo.

Cindy Wilson, “Corporeal”

Cindy created this amazing “visual experience” that plays behind her when she performs Broadcast’s “Corporeal” live. A beautiful song and video.

In formation with Fred Schneider & the Superions; press photo.

Martha And The Vandellas, “Nowhere To Run”

Martha And The Vandellas were the ultimate Motown divas! They had a harder R&B sound in contrast to The Supremes and The Marvelettes. Here’s a great live television performance of “Nowhere To Run”.

Striking poses with Fred Schneider & the Superions; press photo.

Serge Gainsbourg featuring Jane Birkin, “Je t’aime…moi non plus”

Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, the Eiffel Tower and…orgasms!

Beach ball & exotic pajama print party with Fred Schneider & the Superions; press photo.

Cristina, “Drive My Car”

Video of Cristina is rare but we dug up this little gem. “Drive My Car” is a great example of the Mutant Disco or No Wave sound ZE Records was releasing out of New York City in the early 1980s.

Pillars of strength—Fred Schneider & the Superions; press photo.

DEVO, “Secret Agent Man” (1974)

Here’s the original 1974 version of “Secret Agent Man” from DEVO’s independent short film, In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution. It’s very different from the 1979 version found on Duty Now For The Future. The synthesizer in the intro is heavy industrial meets Robert Moog. Check out DEVO’s EZ Listening Muzak album. It’s DEVO’s songs done in MUZAK…genius!

Fred Schneider & the Superions in b/w; press photo.

Jack, “Poop In My Butt”

They say punk is dead?! Punk isn’t dead…it’s in Jack’s butt!

Visionaries in arms, Fred Schneider & the Superions; press photo.

Divine, “You Think You’re A Man” (Live at Flashlights, 1984)

The first drag superstar! Divine did it all…film, television, music. There will never be another. This is a very high quality video of Divine’s live performance of “You Think You’re A Man” on German television. Fun fact: Noah and Dan work with Divine’s family!

Vampire times with Fred Schneider & the Superions; press photo.

Deee-Lite, “Runaway”

Lady Miss Kier, Supa DJ Dmitry and Jungle DJ Towa Towa (Towa Tei) were Deee-Lite! The group was best known for their global smash hit, “Groove Is In The Heart”. “Runaway” is a fantastic track and a fun music video. Before Deee-Lite, DJ Dmitry was in the New York City band Shazork with Lady Bunny and Sister Dimension. They were wild!

Today & tomorrow’s champions Fred Schneider & the Superions; press photo.

Shazork, “At The Discoteque” (live at the Zulu Lounge in the 1980s)

Lady Bunny fronted the electro-dance group Shazork with Sister Dimension (Pyramid Club) and DJ Dmitry (Deee-Lite). Here’s a rare live performance at the Zulu Lounge in Manhattan.

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