Fred Schneider and the Shake Society

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Fred Schneider and the Shake Society
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Studio album by Fred Schneider
Released 1984, re-released 1991
Recorded Blank Tape Studios, New York City
Genre New wave
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Fred Schneider, Bernie Worrell
Fred Schneider chronology
Fred Schneider & the Shake Society
Just Fred
(1996)Just Fred1996

Fred Schneider and the Shake Society is an album by Fred Schneider. It was the first of two solo albums, and was re-released in 1991 as Fred Schneider (self-titled).

The video for the song "Monster" was included in the The B-52's 1979-1989 video tape compilation.

Musicians and backing vocalists varied from track to track; notable names included co-producer Bernie Worrell on keyboards, synthesizers and/or backing vocals on several tracks, and Kate Pierson on backing vocals on four tracks including "Monster" (in addition to appearing on its music video).

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Track listing[edit]

Lyrics written by Fred Schneider with music by John Coté, except as noted.

  1. "Monster" *
  2. "Cut the Concrete" *
  3. "Summer in Hell" *
  4. "Orbit" (Fred Schneider, Ronald Ardito, Richard Beau)
  5. "I'm Gonna Haunt You"
  6. "It's Time to Kiss" (duet with Patti LaBelle) *
  7. "This Planet's a Mess"
  8. "Wave"
  9. "Boonga (The New Jersey Caveman)"

* Remixed by Michael Vail Blum for 1991 rerelease


  • Fred Schneiderpiano, keyboards, vocals
  • Kate Pierson - backing vocals on 1, 3, 5, 9
  • Ricky Wilson - guitar on "I'm Gonna Haunt You"
  • John Coté - Fairlight, synthesizer bass, drum programming, background vocals
  • Lamar Mitchell - vocoder
  • Ronnie Ardito - drum programming
  • Hellions - background vocals
  • Leslie Ming - drums
  • Bernie Worrell - synthesizer, clavinet, vocoder
  • Tom Beckerman - guitar on 1, 2, 3, 7, 9
  • Trevor Gayle - kettle drums
  • Steve Scales - cabassa
  • Shailah Edmonds - background vocals
  • Billy Amendola - drums
  • Eluriel "Tinker" Barfield - drum fills
  • Ronald Drayton - guitar
  • Ronnie Ardito - guitar, keyboards, background vocals
  • Chris Schneider - background vocals
  • B.J. Nelson - background vocals
  • Richard Beau - percussion
  • Robert Molnar - drum programming, background vocals
  • Lisa Lubitz - background vocals
  • Patti LaBelle - vocals on "It's Time to Kiss"
  • Geoffrey Armes - percussion



Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Monster" Billboard 85