I’m not a huge fan of the B-52s, but am familiar with their most popular hits (Love Shack, Rock Lobster, etc.). One thing that’s immediately striking about the music is Fred Schneider’s vocals. In contrast to the band’s two female vocal leads, Schneider’s vocals are much closer to speaking than singing. I suppose the technical term for this is sprechgesang.
I’m curious, does Schneider always perform his vocals this way, or are there some tracks of his (either with or without the B-52s) where he actually sings in a more conventional manner?
Yeah, I’ve noticed her on other songs as well (and then looked it up to make sure). I think she does a lot more back up work than we realize. Shiny Happy People was just the first one I knew about. I’m almost positive it was something I learned on Pop Up Video.